If you are a regular visitor to this site then you probably share my bibliophilia. The majority of my selections are about France, Paris in particular but as sophisticated, omniverous readers, our interests are unlimited and so I have added many other personal favorites including classic American Fiction, Biography, History and detective fiction from the early masters like Hammet & Chandler to their contemporaries, Connelly, Child and Connolly.
In a perfect world the trench coat-clad, fedora-topped author of the best-selling historical spy novels set in the run up to and including the Second World War, would have penetrated a thick Bay Area fog to join me for a cocktail and conversation–But it was an uncharacteristically hot pre-summer day in Marin County (suburban San Francisco.)
As far as I know there are only two published authors from the former coal mining and steel manufacturing town of Monongahela, PA, Terrance Gelenter, whose modest output has been dwarfed by the collossally talented, prolific biographer, and ardent francophile, Deirdre Bair. From the age of four she knew that she would become a writer.
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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them “Terrance sent you.”
Regularly scheduled literary salons with guest writers, private dinners, restaurant openings, wine tastings,market visits and cooking classes attract a discerning, sophisticated crowd who love to have a good time while they learn. Our cadre of Paris–based colleagues happily share their passion for this magical city.