The Global Reader: Odile Hellier, Village Voice

In terms of old-fashioned charm, little can compete with a cozy, rambling bookstore on Paris’s Left Bank. Since 1982, when Odile Hellier opened Village Voice Bookshop, writers, readers, and assorted travelers have been flocking to the local haven and relishing Hellier’s impressive handpicked selection of English-language books. Who better, then, to guide us through the latest writing on the city she calls home? 6 Rue Princesse; 33-1/46-33-36-47;

Hungry for Paris

By Alexander Lobrano (Random House Trade Paperbacks)

“A deservedly well-respected food writer, Lobrano loves good company as much as a good meal, and the 102 restaurants he has picked, grand or small, offer both. More than just a meal, you get a whole experience, a true Parisian one.”

Paris: The Biography of a city

By Colin Jones (Penguin)
“Perfect for reading in a café or public garden, this mosaic of stories recounts the city’s history from the first Roman settlements to the French capital as it is today, bringing the landscape to life.”

Metro stop Paris

By Gregor Dallas (Walker & Company)
“The name of each one of the 12 major Métro stops in the book has a significance that Dallas uses to tell the city’s history from an original angle, often with fascinating and quirky details.”

Waiters in Paris

By David Burke (Counterpoint)
“This elegant hardcover with gorgeous illustrations gives a taste of the Paris of prominent American writers who made their homes here and also of French writers such as Honoré de Balzac, Marcel Proust, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus.”