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Sciolino, Elaine.

The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs / Elaine Sciolino. - xiii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-294).

The perfect street -- Searching for home -- Is fish necessary? -- Hidden in plain sight -- Wedding the crowd -- Now, this is butter! -- To catch a mouse -- The meaning of martyrdom -- Some of my favorite ghosts -- The knife sharpener -- Guess who's coming to passover? -- The murdered schoolgirls -- Cheaper than a psychiatrist -- In celebration of books -- The artisan with the golden touch -- Minister of the night -- The dive -- The Flying House of the Virgin Mary -- A street fit for a pope -- Le kale Américain est arrivé! -- The resurrection of fish -- Le potluck.

"Part memoir, part travelogue, part love letter to the people who live and work on a magical street in Paris. Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. 'I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs,' Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood's rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats, Émile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and François Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents--the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who's been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a hundred-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers--bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty. The Only Street in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing"--Provided by publisher.

9780393242379 (hardcover) 0393242374 (hardcover)

2015030352


Sciolino, Elaine--Homes and haunts--France--Paris.


Streets--France--Paris.
Neighborhoods--France--Paris.
Street life--France--Paris.
Americans--France--Paris--Biography.
Jewish women--France--Paris--Biography.


Rue des Martyrs (Paris, France).
Paris (France)--Social life and customs.
Paris (France)--Description and travel.
Paris (France)--Biography.

DC762.R734 / S35 2016

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