Boutique

Welcome to the Paris Gone By Boutique! Here you will find a curated collection of Paris history and travel related books and other items to nourish your love of the City of Light and her amazing past. Come on in and browse awhile!

The selections are updated often. Swing by regularly to see what’s new!

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Book Corner: A Moveable Feast

The inaugural PGB Book Corner selection is the seminal classic A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway. Together we are exploring Hemingway’s Paris as we read through his famous memoir. Grab a copy and join us in 1920’s Paris!

Why the Restored Edition? This is the closest we can get to what Papa intended for his work. It includes previously removed or edited material and in-depth opening remarks from his family.

Check out the ongoing Book Corner posts here!

Or Click Here for all the Ernest Goodness on PGB!


Travel Guides

Travel guides are a key component to planning your trip and making sure you have a smooth vacation when you arrive. Plus, they help us dream when we are between journeys!

Kindle versions available, unless otherwise noted.

Paris Guides

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Rick is my all-time favorite guide and his books have saved me from serious faux-pas more times than I can count!

You can pre-order the 2022 Version (due in Sept) Here

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DK’s books are always gorgeous and now that they’ve dropped the high-gloss pages, they are a bit lighter in the luggage.

Stick with the print version, there is a reason the Kindle one is so cheap!

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In the Frommer’s vs Fodor’s battle, I’m a Frommer’s girl all the way! I find this fills in the gaps between Rick and Lonely Planet.

No Kindle Version available at this time.

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Lonely Planet, like Rick Steves, has saved my derrière more than once! And they are a great counterpoint to Rick, serving up a different point-of-view for everything from hotels to which sites are best for your interests.

This edition is hot-off-the presses, released on June 14, 2022! No Kindle version at this time.

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Another DK offering, this is more of a gift book than a put-in-your-bag guide. Hardbound and with vintage flair, it’s a stylish book to give to a Paris-bound friend or to yourself for your coffee table. And for dreaming over with a café au lait and croissant, of course!

No Kindle version at this time.

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Michelin Green Guides are a unique series. Written from a French perspective (in English, don’t worry!), you will see Paris and France in a different way.

Note that this is the oldest book on the list (2018), so use it for dreaming and getting the insider peek and not for up-to-date, post-pandemic info.

No Kindle version at this time.

Paris In Your Pocket

For those who don’t want to carry a full guidebook.

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Rick on the go! Full of photos and the distilled version of Rick’s knowledge. This was last updated pre-pandemic, hopefully a new update will be coming soon!

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One of the most up-to-date of all the guidebooks on this list, Lonely Planet is guaranteed to give you the latest news and tons of recommendations!

No Kindle version at this time.

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A more updated, petite Michelin guide, the new format is beautiful! Also updated just pre-pandemic, so use caution with the practical info.

No Kindle version at this time.

France

Wanting to go beyond Paris? France is full of amazing destinations!

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Should you want to see all that La Belle France has to offer, Rick has you covered!

Note: Kindle version available Oct 2022.

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Yep, more gorgeous photos for your travel day dreams!

Like the Paris book, avoid the Kindle version. The quality is low.

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Like the other Lonely Planets, these are the most up-to-date guidebooks on the list and basically the market right now (until Rick does his 2022 releases). This is more for practical planning than French day dreams.

No Kindle version at this time.


Visions Of Paris

How can we resist gazing at the most photogenic city in the world?

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A mélange of photos, drawings, and memories, this book takes you through an entire year in Paris (minus the weekends—we all need a break!). It’s a fun way to look at the city and introduced me to many hidden corners!

The Kindle version has bad reviews. The hardback is worth the investment!

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One of Nichole Robertson’s charming photo books of Paris. This one focuses on Literary Paris, with images, quotes, and more to dive into the City of Lights history as a City of Letters.

For once, the Kindle version looks good!

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The Paris of the Past returns to us in this collection of photos by Eugène Atget. This book is a beast—weighing in at over 2 pounds and 600 pages! But I find myself lost in the pages perhaps a little too frequently…

No Kindle version at this time.

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Love Cats? Love France? Me too! I picked this up at one of those très cher et chic lifestyle boutiques several years ago and it still makes me happy to flip through!

No Kindle version at this time.

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Paris in spring and summer is a sight to behold! Enjoy all the floral glory in this stunning book. The photos are so engrossing, they make my sinuses a bit itchy! But it is worth it for this gorgeous book.


History

It wouldn’t be PGB without some histoire!

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An easy-to-read selective Parisian history book. Author Graham Robb has collected a number of historical vignettes from the 18th-century to the 20th centuries, highlighting important and obscure personalities and events throughout Paris. Informative and fun!

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Another popular “selective” history of Paris, with a very different tone. I would say this is for the more well-versed and scholarly reader, who is comfortable with the gender norms of older (especially British) authors. Its tone is like a time capsule but the information is so good, you don’t care!

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I love this book! McCullough gives us so much detail on what Paris was like in the 19th century. You can practically smell the city and feel like you are there! Plus it is an invaluable look at what that journey would have been like, going from the New World to the Old World. It will make you view your own journey to Paris in a whole new way!

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A much more light-hearted and breezy read, the prolific John Baxter brings us a collection of stories from Paris’s past. Perfect for a plane ride or the beach!


Guides & Walks

Go beyond the practical travel guides and explore neighborhoods, guided walks, and more!

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A lovely book to get lost in, either in Paris or from your armchair! The book features four historic walks through Paris, comparing vintage (mostly pre-Haussman) photos and the city today. Mr. Pitt provides history, commentary, and a passion for Paris that is hard to resist!

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John Baxter, professional Francophile, explores the quartier Saint-Germain-des-Pres in this fun and fascinating little book. If you love wondering around this famous neighborhood, this book is for you! Filled with vignettes, recommended sites, and a handy walking map.

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Love all the stories of Paris? Of course you do—you’re here on PGB! This charming book is full of photos and stories, organized by neighborhood and focused on the stories at specific locations throughout the city. It is best for the already initiated Paris-lover or someone with a good map to help visualize. My one complaint is there is no map included with the book. A small oversight for an otherwise great guide.


James Bond In Paris

Love Paris? Love James Bond? Here we have the collection of novels that take the Literary James to Paris and to France! Want more? Check out the 007 Podcast Episode.

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The collection of short stories, including A View To A Kill.


Have a book you would like to recommend? Or a comment on my selections? Let me know through the contact page or on Instagram!