Falling for Paris

Shelf Renewal

In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

To which I might add:

It’s been seventy-five years since we first read
of Madeline’s adventures
before going to bed.

the-elegance-of-the-hedgehogWe might associate the City of Light with springtime, but there’s no bad time to visit Paris in your dreams. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the beloved children’s book, here’s some bedtime inspiration for grownups.

Le Divorce, by Diane Johnson
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
The Flaneur, by Edmund White
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
My Life in France, by Julia Child
Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux
The Pleasing Hour, by Lily King
Suite Française, by Irène Némirovsky
A Year in the Merde, by Stephen Clarke

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About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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