August 28, 2017

Book Review: A Paris Year by Janice MacLeod

Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first day in Paris, Janice MacLeod, the author of the best-selling book, Paris Letters, began a journal recording in illustrations and words, nearly every sight, smell, taste, and thought she experienced in the City of Light. The end result is more than a diary: it’s a detailed and colorful love letter to one of the most romantic and historically rich cities on earth. Combining personal observations and anecdotes with stories and facts about famous figures in Parisian history, this visual tale of discovery, through the eyes of an artist, is sure to delight, inspire, and charm.

Opening this book was like stepping into the Paris of my dreams. MacLeod's beautiful sketches and accompanying journal entries transported me to Paris and made me feel like I was strolling its streets as a local. I usually tear through books on a speedy clip, but I slowly savored A Paris Year.  During a particularly hectic time, I would seek refuge in its pages and images and read one entry at a time - like a mini-vacation - before returning to the stress of the every day. This is a book to read and reread, to give as a gorgeous gift. Not only a visual feast, but made of quality materials. It is a work of art to treasure for years to come.    

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