The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue Des Martyrs
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About the Author
Elaine Sciolino is the author of the award-winning book Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. She is a Paris correspondent and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, having previously served as the newspaper's chief diplomatic correspondent and UN bureau chief. In 2010, she was decorated a chevalier of the Legion of Honor. She has also been a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, based in Paris and Rome. She lives in Paris with her husband.
Anyone who loves Paris's remaining quirky 'villages' will revel in Sciolino's meticulously reported accounts...Sciolino doesn't lack for inspiration; she has Paris at her feet.
The narrative takes the form of a ramble through shops, courtyards, cabarets, and time...Sciolino's sharply observed account serves as a testament to the persistence of old Paris--the city of light, of literature, of life itself.
Sciolino is a keen and tireless observer of this ancient little market street...She has written her love letter with such ingenuous passion it's hard not to cheer up.
A sublime stroll...The magic of the street is not only its scope--it's about half a mile--but also its history.
Countless authors have used a city as their muse...A blend of memoir and research, as Sciolino mixes her personal memories of expat life with the stories of artists and luminaries who walked rue des Martyrs before her.
Sciolino is a storyteller at heart. She loves to listen to and share other people's stories...This is a lovely and intimate look at a magical corner of Paris.