You already know I bought buttons when I was in Paris. But I never caught up with you about the books I bought. And since today July 14th is Bastille Day, it seems fitting to do a post about France.
There are plenty of bookstores in Paris—and long lines of book booths along the Seine and that’s fun for browsing:
The emphasis of one day’s touring was to go to Shakespeare and Co. It’s at “zero”–the center of Paris! When we got there, it was closed because of a holiday–but was going to open at 1 pm. So, during the delay and wait, we went to lunch at a nearby cafe—there’s always one nearby!! And in this case, there was also a little park. We chose a good one because there was a sculpture there by Picasso of Dora Maar. She had been one of his paramours for a while.
(Frankly, I don’t see the attraction) The sculpture was dedicated to Picasso’s good friend the poet Apollinaire. There is a rumor that the sculpture was stolen recently and this current one is a replacement—-or maybe the original was returned. See what you can find out about that . . .
Simply must buy Dickens! That blue one is a biography by Jane Smiley–the one in the center is sort of a simple student guide, and on the right are two small novellas–all Dickens stuff.
One of the last book stops we made–F. Chanut– we found accidentally—a serendipity—thanks to my husband’s eagle eye.
Gosh, it was fun in there. Again, packed—-but this time with books—stacks, piles, shelves, a desk that used to have a surface completely covered with piles of books and stuff. My kind of place!!
Of course, it’s in French, but I have high hopes of reading it. Faithful readers will remember that I have a BUTTON of “L’Aiglon” who was Napoleon’s son, the Little Eagle.
Also bought a lovely copy of “Le Soir” by Sacha Guitry–also about “the little eagle, L’Aiglon” with hand drawn and colored plates—just wonderful!
That’s it–the little book tour–will finish with the logo that’s stamped in your purchased books from Shakespeare & Co if you like. I like.