Throughout history, notable Americans including writers, journalists, politicians, musicians and performers, artists and architects, and many others have been drawn to the French capital, Paris. Learn more about the American experience in the City of Light with these 4 must-read books about Americans in Paris.
1. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
“The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned, told by America’s master historian, David McCullough.”
2. Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There by Jayne R. Boisvert
“An easy-to-use guide devoted to Paris, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafes, and restaurants. The book also provides short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans—writers, journalists, politicians, musicians and performers, artists and architects, and several other interesting people who don’t fit neatly into typical categories—who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital.”
3. Americans in Paris by Adam Gopnik
“From the earliest years of the American republic, Paris has provoked an extraordinary American literary response. An almost inevitable destination for writers and thinkers, Paris has been many things to many Americans: a tradition-bound bastion of the old world of Europe; a hotbed of revolutionary ideologies in politics and art; and a space in which to cultivate an openness to life and love thought impossible at home. Including stories, letters, memoirs, and reporting, Americans in Paris distills three centuries of vigorous, glittering, and powerfully emotional writing about the place that Henry James called ‘the most brilliant city in the world.'”
4. A Literary Paris by Jamie Cox Robertson
You don’t have to live in Paris to experience her unique beauty, allure, and enchantment. With this dazzling literary celebration of the City of Light, you can stroll along the Seine with David Sedaris in Me Talk Pretty One Day, sample croissants in a patisserie with M.F.K. Fisher in As They Were, and savor Mona Lisa’s smile at the Louvre with Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad. With fascinating annotations on the works, the writers, and the wonders of one of the world’s most beautiful places, A Literary Paris takes you on a bon voyage through this incomparable city–one mot juste at a time!