Posts tagged ‘literature’

France Bookshelf: Some Good Books About France

An idiosyncractic, beginning list of titles of books written (mostly in English) about France, or that take place in France (outside of Paris.) For books about Paris, see my Paris Bookshelf.

Continue Reading September 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm 6 comments

Cuba Bookshelf

I’ve just finished teaching “Cuba: A Literary Adventure,” in Havana, for the first time. Here are some of the titles I used in class, along with a lot more, for my students who would like to read more about Cuba, as well as for anyone else who has an interest in learning about this most fascinating and wonderful place.

Continue Reading February 14, 2012 at 2:15 am Leave a comment

Lessons Learned in Cuba

“You’ll love it and it will break your heart,” one of my clients said to me a few days before I left on my first trip to Havana. He was so right!

Continue Reading January 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm 3 comments

Why Paris? Reason #1

Why have artists and writers (and everyone else) through the centuries fallen in love with Paris?

Continue Reading April 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

“America is my country, and Paris is my home town.”

…although it is certainly not the only place in the world that has attracted more than its fair share of artists over the centuries, both the strength and the persistence of its appeal invites the question, “Why Paris?”

Continue Reading April 1, 2009 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

Paris Through the Eyes of Travelers

My career developed out of a dual obsession. Reading made me want to travel, and traveling gave me more to read about. (And, in the way that it often does, all that reading eventually led to my own writing.)…It’s a cliche but it’s true: through the years I’ve learned as much from my students as they have from me. And we’ve all learned wonderful things together from the writers we’ve read…We’ve learned about love. About life. About the power and beauty of words.

Continue Reading March 29, 2009 at 3:19 am 2 comments


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