Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Paris, Paris, and more Paris!
Paris My Sweet A Year in the City of Light (and dark chocolate) by Amy Thomas is also a memoir.
Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave 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, Amy marveled at the magnificence of the City of Light.
But does falling in love with one city mean turning your back on another? As much as Amy adored Paris, there was part of her that felt like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macaroons. PARIS, MY SWEET explores how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a salted caramel 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 Color by Nichole Robertson is yet another type of memoir, done in photography. In January 2009, Nichole and her family sold or donated most of their possessions and moved to Paris. Long walks rekindled her interest in photography and fostered a love of the city's intimate details. Her work focuses on the contrast between Paris' vibrant colors and neutral facades. Sharing her favorite photos on her blog, Little Brown Pen, blossomed into a three-year photo project later dubbed The Paris Color Project. Instead of focusing on the familiar tourist attractions of Paris, Nichole's photographs take us on a journey through the world's most romantic city, traveling from color to color through objects both ordinary, and intriguing.