The theme of this year's summer reading program for adults is "Between the Covers" - and with that in mind, we're going to dive between the covers of all kinds of books and offer you reading ideas. And if reading a book weren't reward enough, we're offering you a chance to win prizes - weekly prizes and a grand prize at the end of the summer. All you need to do is fill out a Between the Covers entry form every time you read a book or listen to an audiobook, then hand it in at the Main Desk. Turn in your entry by 6 p.m. each Friday, July 6 through Aug. 31, to be eligible for the weekly drawing. All entries in the weekly drawing will be entered in the grand prize drawing. Pick up a brochure with all of the details and entry forms the next time you visit the library.
This week's books are in the category of armchair travel - books that let you explore the world without ever leaving home. Paris is always a dreamed-of destination, and here are five armchair travel books from our collection that will transport you to the City of Light:
“Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)” by Amy Thomas. Thomas gets an opportunity of a lifetime, leaving Manhattan for Paris to write ad copy for Louis Vuitton.
Working on the Champs-Élysées, strolling the charming streets and exploring the best patisseries and boulangeries, she marvels at the magnificence of the City of Light. But as much as she adores Paris, part of her feels like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macarons. “Paris, My Sweet” explores how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a souffle's rise, as intensely satisfying as molten chocolate cake, and about how the life you're meant to live doesn't always taste like the one you envisioned.
“Paris in Love” by Eloisa James. In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. “Paris in Love” chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life, discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen's sartorial triumphs, and walking from one end of Paris to another.
“French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew” by Peter Mayle. A joyous exploration and celebration of the infinite gastronomic pleasures of France. Ranging far from his adopted Provence, Mayle now travels to every corner of the country, taking readers to tiny, out-of-the-way restaurants, starred Michelin wonders, local village markets, annual festivals and blessed vineyards.
“Paris: The Collected Traveler,” edited by Barrie Kerper. Articles by a wide variety of writers, woven throughout with the editor’s indispensable advice and opinions.
“Chronicles of Old Paris: Exploring the Historic City of Light,” by John Baxter. Experience 2,000 years of history as John Baxter leads eight walking tours following in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ernest Hemingway, and many other innovators, artists, and expats who found inspiration in the City of Light.