Our Paris: Sketches from Memory

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What happens when one of our most celebrated writers combines talents with a French artist and architect to capture life in their Parisian neighborhood? The result is a lighthearted, gently satiric portrait of the heart of Paris -- including the Marais, Les Halles, the two islands in the Seine, and the Châtelet -- and the people who call it home. It is an enchantingly varied world, populated not only by dazzling literati and ultrachic couturiers and art dealers but also by poetic shopkeepers, grandmotherly prostitutes, and, ever underfoot, an irrepressible basset hound named Fred. The foibles and eccentricities of these sometimes outrageous, always memorable individuals are brought to life with unfailing wit and affection.

Below the surface of the sparkling humor in Our Paris, there is a tragic undercurrent. While Hubert Sorin was completing this work, he was nearing the end of his struggle with AIDS. The book is a tribute to the loving spirit with which the authors banished somberness and celebrated the pleasures of their life together.

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With 30 drawings by Hubert Sorin.

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Edmund White is the author of many books, including The Flâneur, A Boy's Own Story, and Genet: A Biography. In 1993 he was made a Chevalier de I'Ordre des Arts et Lettres; he is now an officer of that organization. He lived in Paris for sixteen years and now teaches at Princeton University. He lives in New York.

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