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Katherine Ripley
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Paris, the City of Lights, has been the setting or subject of countless books and films. Many great American writers, including Hemingway and Fitzgerald, took inspiration from the city. This list is full of the best books to read before going to Paris. It includes fiction, mysteries, memoirs, and history books — but not the boring kind!

Whether you're looking for a good Paris book to make you to laugh, cry, learn, prepare for your trip abroad, or all of the above, this list has something for you. These reads are guaranteed to make your vacation even better. Check out these titles and assemble your Paris reading list, and if you've already read these books about Paris, vote up your favorite one. 
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A Moveable Feast


A Moveable Feast is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books to Read Before Visiting Paris
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This is the memoir of the great American author who wrote The Sun Also Rises. A collection of letters and notes that was published posthumously, A Moveable Feast chronicles the time Earnest Hemingway spent in Paris in the 1920s, when he crossed paths with the other great writers of the early 20th century.

Price: $10.66

Author: Ernest Hemingway

First Published: 1964-12

Subjects: Literary, Literature, France, Classics, Ernest Hemingway, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Fiction, Autobiography

Original Language: English Language

Also Ranked

#12 on The Best Books Released Posthumously

#39 on The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

#9 on The Best Novels About Paris

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The Greater Journey


The Greater Journey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books to Read Before Visiting Paris
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The story of how American writers, artists, doctors and politicians went to Paris between 1830 and 1900, The Greater Journey is about all the ways that Paris influenced some of America's greatest visionaries.

Price: $11.50

Author: David McCullough

First Published: 2011-05-24

Genres (Book): Non-fiction

Original Language: English Language

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Me Talk Pretty One Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books to Read Before Visiting Paris
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David Sedaris's memoir is about what happens when you go to a new country where you don't know the language or understand the culture. The results are hilarious.

Price: $12.24

Author: David Sedaris

First Published: 2000-05-02

Subjects: France, Paris

Genres (Book): Humour, Essay

Original Language: English Language

Also Ranked

#37 on The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

#10 on The Best Memoirs Ever Written

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The Sweet Life in Paris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books to Read Before Visiting Paris
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This book doubles as a memoir and a cookbook. It's guaranteed to get you craving some delicious French pastries.

Price: $10.25

Author: David Lebovitz

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