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Squirrels of France


Squirrels of FranceIt is perverse to add Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte to the 'must see' list just because of the heraldic squirrel connection. Paris Breakfasts has some images. Sadly it is closed in Jan./Feb., but just thinking about their restaurant called 'L'Écureuil' makes me happy. I'd settle for a mug...

Books in Long Rows

In her memorial essay for Sylvia Beach of 'Shakespeare & Co.', Janet Flanner wrote: "Sylvia had a vigorous clear mind, an excellent memory, tremendous respect for books as civilizing objects and was really a remarkable librarian. She loved the printed word and books in long rows."

Source: Shari Benstock, Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940 (U. Texas Press, 1986).

Book Lust


From the publisher Chatto & Windus: "An entirely new kind of biography, Oscar’s Books explores the personality of Oscar Wilde through his reading. It argues that reading exercised a formative influence on Wilde’s character and was the inspiration for his own writings."

One review. Not released in Australia until November.

Image source: (c) Chatto & Windus/Random House.

The Leavenworth Case



Seeking only a reading copy of Anna Katharine Green's The Leavenworth Case (1878), a trip to the university library produced this gem: a late nineteenth century paperback. The library dates it to 1884, a Ward Lock & Co. of London 'one shilling' paperback with period advertising on the back and inside pages ("Goodall's Egg Powder. The Only Substitute For Eggs Yet Discovered") and even some uncut pages at the back (the publisher's other offerings...). And it's a good read too.
Squirrels of FranceBook LustPâtisseries of ParisThe Leavenworth CaseCountry cookbooks

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