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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers
Conventional wisdom has it that "while America does more, France is more." But more what? More picturesque? More sophisticated? More je ne sais quoi? All this and more, opines Baxter, in this clever, utterly captivating cultural history of the City of Light. Aussie expat, knowledgeable film critic, and new Parisian resident, Baxter leads readers on a rollicking roller-coaster ride through his new digs. From the cafés frequented by such literary and intellectual titans as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and de Beauvoir to the famed brothels patronized by the jazz and film stars of the '30s, We'll Always Have Paris is a delightfully revisionist approach to the standard guidebook. Blending his own history with that of his subject, Baxter reminds readers of the alchemy so unique to this European capital.
Whether offering the scuttlebutt on Inspector Maigret's celebrated creator or dishing the dirt on that most famous of Parisian couples, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Baxter's irreverent guide is a testament to his iconoclast's heart. A celebration of literature and art, We'll Always Have Paris pays homage to good food and wine, to romance and a way of life that have fueled imaginations for centuries. Long after Bogart whispered to Bergman, "We'll always have Paris," Baxter serves up his own version -- one that's sensual, vibrant, and as irresistible as the great city itself. (Summer 2006 Selection)