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In the Book Room, we recommend English books we love. We also present some in French or bilingual, for kids or adults, fiction or non. Many are books about France of course, but there are many different subjects. Soon you’ll be able to visit the physical Book Room – a nice spot at FUSAC to Read, wRite and Relax. There will be English books (and some French too, we are in France after all!) bought, sold and borrowed, a desk and unique cards and postcards to write to family and friends, a jigsaw puzzle table, reading chairs and free coffee/tea. Watch this space for the opening date of this special place near metro Porte de St Cloud.

Theme: “LE MONDE” in the Book Room this week

Le Monde

Bizarre mais vrai est un florilège, sélectionné par Harrap’s, de 120 lieux, oeuvres ou bâtiments, espèces animales ou végétales à ne pas manquer partout dans le monde! Découvrez des lieux étranges, désertés, du street art déroutant, des architectures insolites, des courses délirantes (course au fromage), des espèces animales et végétales surprenantes. Au fil des pages, vous irez du lac Abraham, au Canada, au Fly Geyser du Nevada en passant par les géoglyphes de Nazca, au Mexique, au Cambodge… Grâce à ce beau livre magnifiquement illustré de 125 photographies plus sidérantes les unes que les autres, vous aurez envie de parcourir le monde !

www.editions-larousse.fr/

Le Monde

Le monde entier entre vos mains : le seul guide de voyage qui couvre tous les pays du monde ! Véritable bible du voyageur, cet ouvrage synthétise les connaissances et l’expertise de Lonely Planet en un guide exhaustif couvrant tous les pays du monde de A comme Afghanistan à Z comme Zimbabwe, des grands classiques aux destinations hors des radars touristiques. Pour chaque pays les incontournables sont présentés. Les pages introductives comprennent des descriptions d’itinéraire mythiques sur tous les continents et des suggestions de sites à voir absolument selon vos centres d’intérêt. Un ouvrage qui se lit comme une invitation au voyage.

Publisher: Lonely Planet

Le Monde

Regarde autour du monde est un livre d’éveil tout en douceur pour inviter au voyage ! Pouf le petit chien a envie de voir du pays : Savane, forêt tropicale, Inde, Japon, Australie, Canada, c’est parti pour un grand voyage ! Une histoire balade à travers le monde pour une première découverte douce et colorée de paysages magnifiques. Un livre d’éveil à toucher avec des touches métallisés et en relief, pour les bébés dès 6 mois

Illustré par: Emiri Hayashi
Publisher: Nathan

Le Monde

Cet atlas illustré et son puzzle de 200 pièces dans un coffret vont emmener les enfants à la découverte de notre planète et des animaux extraordinaires qui l’habitent. Le coffret contient un puzzle illustré représentant une mappemonde, ainsi qu’un atlas de 32 pages qui répertorie tous les pays, les océans et les animaux qui y vivent. Pour encore plus d’infos, il y a des liens vers des sites web.

Publisher: Usborne

The Man Who Saw Everything

The Man who Saw Everything is One of the most exciting books of the year – this new masterpiece from Deborah Levy was SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2019. In 1988 Saul Adler (a narcissistic, young historian) is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. He is apparently fine; he gets up and goes to see his art student girlfriend, Jennifer Moreau. They have sex then break up, but not before she has photographed Saul crossing the same Abbey Road. Saul leaves to study in communist East Berlin, two months before the Wall comes down. There he will encounter – significantly – both his assigned translator and his translator’s sister, who swears she has seen a jaguar prowling the city. He will fall in love and brood upon his difficult, authoritarian father. And he will befriend a hippy, Rainer, who may or may not be a Stasi agent, but will certainly return to haunt him in middle age. Slipping slyly between time zones and leaving a spiralling trail, Deborah Levy’s electrifying The Man Who Saw Everything examines what we see and what we fail to see, the grave crime of carelessness, the weight of history and our ruinous attempts to shrug it off.

Author: Deborah Levy
Publisher: Penguin

France Dubin

France Dubin is the author of Merde, It’s Not Easy to Learn French, part of a series of books in easy French for adults allowing those who do not have enough French to read French literature to read a book and find satisfaction and encouragement. France is a French teacher in the United States and she has noticed that reading a book in French can be difficult, even for advanced students. French novels are usually full of idiomatic expressions. They use complicated tenses, complex sentence structures, and often slang. Her book is in simple French. It’s about the joys and the frustrations of an adult learning French ! It includes a good dose of humor, a few exercises, and tips. For example I wish I had learned in my first French courses France’s French teacher tip on page 6 : « Quand vous apprenez un nouveau nom, il faut toujours l’apprendre avec son article. Vous ne devez pas apprendre seulement le nom « maison », mais « la maison ». C’est important ». And it will serve you later ! My life in France would be so much easier if I had realized this early on. So it’s a story and a language lesson all in one. Plus the English version is in the back in case you need to peak !
Author : France Dubin
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Le Mystere Eiffel

Le mystère Eiffel est un livre-jeu original vous propose une nouvelle façon de lire : il va falloir solliciter vos méninges et résoudre des énigmes alambiquées afin de poursuivre ce formidable roman d’aventures ! Avril 1904. À la veille du débat qui doit décider du démantèlement de la tour Eiffel, son concepteur reste introuvable. S’agit-il d’un enlèvement ? Qui peut en vouloir au génie de la poutre et du rivet métalliques ? La tour Eiffel et peut-être même Paris sont menacés et c’est à vous de voler à leur secours… Aidez Théodore Beautrenel, l’assistant de Gustave Eiffel, à récolter les indices dans chaque arrondissement de la capitale : entre magnats de la finance, scientifiques inquiétants et policiers retors, votre enquête va vous conduire à une machination monumentale.

Author: Nicolas Trenti
Publisher: Larousse

English Books

Paris Spots Photos is the book you want to have so that you can take picture perfect photos of Paris. Jean-Luc gives you the keys, maps and directions to the right spots, the right angle and the right light to get the best shots of Paris. From the great monuments to the banks of the Seine, including Montmartre where you can be your most creative. He is also the author of “Paris, The Blue Hour”, a lovely photo essay about Paris when it glows blue at dawn and dusk. Have you noticed how pretty it is? Now you can take the book home and enjoy Paris’ glow even when the skies are grey. Both books are bilingual.

Author: Jean-Luc Laimm
Publisher: JL Editions

English Books

Paris Stories gathers classic stories about the City of Light by a wide range of writers across four centuries all translated to English. Perhaps no other European city has so captured the imagination of the artistically and romantically minded. Laurence Sterne explores the temptations of the French capital in a teasing study of foreign mores, and Restif de la Bretonne provides an eyewitness account of the horrors and glories of the French Revolution. Hugo, Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, the Goncourt and Huysmans write about their times. Colette recounts the sensual adventures of a young girl in the decadent Paris of the early twentieth century; F. Scott Fitzgerald revels in its urban glamour; Jean Rhys’s lost heroines wander from café to café; James Baldwin celebrates the city’s sexual freedoms; Michel Tournier’s North African immigrant walks a camel along the boulevards and Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano nostalgically maps the famed Parisian arrondissements. Theatrical and elegant, seamy and intellectual, Paris has never lost its alluring power, richly evoked in these compelling and seductive tales.

Edited by Shaun Whiteside
Publisher: Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics Series Penguin Random House

English Books

Dodsworth in Paris is part of the “Get Moving! Reading independently” series for early readers. It is a lovely, imaginative story of Dodsworth and his (crazy) friend the duck who have just arrived in Paris for the first time. They are ready for some adventures! Right away they see mimes, painters, and people wearing berets. They climb the Eiffel Tower, and the duck finds some bent-over guy who rings bells for a living. It looks like it is going to turn out to be a great vacation in Paris . . . but trouble is never far from a misbehaving duck! Dodsworth and the duck are a classic duo, somewhere between Frog and Toad and Laurel and Hardy…Dodsworth in Paris will engage pre-readers and readers, with plenty to amuse the adults.Barnes and Noble. More hilarity and adventures when Dodsworth and his duck leave their berets in Paris and venture by balloon to England where they end up in Buckingham Palace: “Dodsworth in London”.

Author: Tim Egan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

English Books

Gertrude Stein has Arrived. In 1933, experimental writer and longtime expatriate Gertrude Stein skyrocketed to overnight fame with the publication of an unlikely best seller, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Pantomiming the voice of her partner Alice, The Autobiography was actually Gertrude’s work. But whoever the real author was, the uncharacteristically lucid and readable book won over the hearts of thousands of Americans, whose clamor to meet Gertrude and Alice in person convinced them to return to America for the first time in thirty years from their self-imposed exile in France. In Gertrude Stein Has Arrived, noted literary biographer Roy Morris Jr. recounts with characteristic energy and wit the couple’s rollicking tour, revealing how—much to their surprise—they rediscovered their American roots after three decades of living abroad. Entertaining and sympathetic, this clear-eyed account captures Gertrude Stein for the larger-than-life legend she was and shows the unique relationship she had with her indefatigable companion, Alice B. Toklas—the true power behind the throne.

Author: Roy Morris, Jr.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Book Room

Eugene McCown, Américain du Middle-West et démon des Années folles à Paris a beaucoup fréquenté le salon de Gertrude Stein, rue de Fleurus. Alice Toklas, a écrit en 1948 “Gertrude [Stein] used to wonder and I still do why Eugene doesn’t write his memoirs which would be so much better than all those books by bright young men about Paris whose authors didn’t really know anybody and Eugene knew everybody and had so many more stories to tell which were all unbelievable and all perfectly true.” Il a fallu 71 ans de plus mais enfin il y a une biographie de Eugene McCown. Après 10 ans de recherche menée en France et aux Etats-Unis Jérôme Kagan nous offre son premier ouvrage. Protégé de Jean Cocteau, confident d’André Gide, compagnon de voyage de Nancy Cunard et de l’écrivain Norman Douglas, amant du surréaliste René Crevel,… McCown incarna de 1921 à 1933 la figure de l’homme à la mode. D’une beauté magnétique, il fut pianiste de jazz au Boeuf sur le toit, peintre à succès et auteur de fictions. Mais ses contemporains préférèrent bientôt son esprit mordant et son goût pour les plaisirs interdits à ses ambitions artistiques. De New York à Montparnasse, de Londres à Venise, il brilla dans les salons des artistes les plus éclairés de la café society. Mais la jeunesse n’a qu’un temps. Le spectacle terminé, que reste-t-il ?

Author: Jérôme Kagan

Publisher: Séguier

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English Books

If you haven’t guessed it by now, someone at FUSAC is pregnant and found this English book to be a great introduction for figuring out how the first baby works. We’re Pregnant! The First Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook is written for the first-time dad! It gives dad the means of approaching and participating in the pregnancy experience with confidence. From easy-to-understand stats on the mommy and baby, to discussing and designing a birthing plan, We’re Pregnant! provides insightful, in-depth suggestions on how to be an ideal partner, and become a fully-prepared parent. The book features must-ask questions, milestone trackers, and more. It is an approachable, easy-to-read and action-oriented handbook which goes beyond the due date, offering fundamental information on how to plan and perfect your own daddy daycare. This essential pregnancy guide provides stress-relieving advice including weekly milestones and pregnancy vitals for the mommy, daddy and baby-to-be. Learn how to thrive as new parents with useful tips on everything from bottle temperature to bonding with your newborn. The author Adrian Kulp is the voice behind the popular dad blog “Dad or Alive!” so you can imagine the tone and spunk of this enjoyable book.

Author: Adrian Kulp

Publisher: Rockridge Press, Copyright © 2018 by Callisto Media. All rights reserved.

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See our 2018 and 2019 reccomendations of English books.

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