Trois livres pour Noël

With just a week to go before Christmas, I have three book recommendations for you. One is a new release, one is a little older, and one is a classic. Trois livres pour Noël (twa leev-ruh poor no-ell) means “Three books for Christmas.” I hope that you enjoy them.

First up is L’Appart, by David Lebovitz. If you’ve ever thought of buying a pied-à-terre in Paris, as I have, this book will having you reconsidering that dream. Lebovitz recounts the Kafkaesque problems he ran into during the purchase and renovation of his Paris apartment. His sense of humor took a lot of knocks along the way but he seems to have emerged on the other side of his ordeal still  smiling. He punctuates each chapter with a recipe that will have your mouth-watering.

And don’t give up your dream of an apartment in France just yet. I wrote about A+B Kasha a few years ago – a company that  will provide you with a perfectly renovated apartment in Paris. Although their apartments cost about 20% more than the market price, after what Lebovitz went through, 20% seems like a complete bargain!

A92B7092-EB6B-4EA4-AB93-915DF0F0D036Next, is a An Immovable Feast: A Paris Christmas, by John Baxter. This 2008 release chronicles Baxter’s quest to source the finest ingredients for his family’s Christmas dinner. The Australian married into a French family and found that his skills as a raconteur and a creative chef won him a place in their hearts. There are plenty of cultural and historical anecdotes to entertain you.



E18DE16F-2060-43C4-8E58-50908D1FC669Finally, a purely sentimental recommendation. Read a French translation of a childhood favorite. I recently finished Anne…La Maison aux pignons verts, otherwise known as Anne of Green Gables, by Canadian L. M. Montgomery. I received the English edition as a Christmas gift when I was about eight. Some stories are so good that they transcend language or time.


About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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2 Responses to Trois livres pour Noël

  1. Betsy Kasha says:

    Hello Patricia, It is still January so I can wish you a happy and successful new year! I want to thank you for your kind words about our company, A+B Kasha. We work hard to create apartments “of one quality, the finest!” We are always thrilled by our clients’ joy, and we are equally thrilled by your enthusiasm. Wishing you a warm winter! (I am Massachusetts-born and raised and know all about New England winters!)

    • You are most welcome. So far we’ve only had two storms this winter. One caused the Charles River to flood parts of Boston, but what I see on the French news looks far worse for all of you! Courage!

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