The Only Street In Paris: Life On The Rue Des Martyrs by Elaine SciolinoThe Only Street In Paris: Life On The Rue Des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino

The Only Street In Paris: Life On The Rue Des Martyrs

byElaine Sciolino

Paperback | November 8, 2016

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Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. "I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs," Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood’s rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats, Emile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and François Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents—the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who’s been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a 100-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers—bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty. The Only Street in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing.
Elaine Sciolino is a contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times. She and her husband have lived in Paris since 2002.
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Title:The Only Street In Paris: Life On The Rue Des MartyrsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393353400

ISBN - 13:9780393353402

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not an easy read but well worth the effort This book provides context into author's stay in Paris. Some parts took some effort to read. Author writes very well.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool! I didn't think a book about just one street could be so interesting. Sciolino knows how to draw you in and show you life on the Rue des Martyrs in all its glory. Very cool.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Paris, You Will Love This Book!! I received this book as a Christmas present and devoured it in two days. It is an incredible book and a must read for everyone that loves Paris! I can't wait to visit this street on my next trip to Paris!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Parisian Escape For anyone who loves Paris, this is a must read book. Each chapter reads like a short story, some more interesting than others, but overall very descriptive of the sights, sounds and people. Next time in Paris, I will re-visit this street with great interest and insider knowledge of the area and history.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fine book. I love Paris having been there three times already. This book brought me back to the small neighborhood streets (my favorite being Montorgeuil of 15 years ago). The characters are very interesting and alive. The author's writing is easy and you don;t want the stories to end. This is a must read.
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slice of Parisian Life The Only Street in Paris does well to capture a slice of life on the Right Bank, all the while making you wish that you, too, could be on the street with Sciolino tasting meats and cheeses and scavenging for books.
Date published: 2015-10-06

Editorial Reviews

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. — New York TimesThe 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. — The New YorkerSciolino 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. — Washington PostA sublime stroll…The magic of the street is not only its scope—it’s about half a mile—but also its history. — Wall Street JournalThe former Paris bureau chief of the New York Times shares her love for her adopted working-class neighborhood in this delicious and detailed look at the rue des Martyrs. Her knack for making friends and her reporter’s instincts keep this tour fascinating. — BBCCountless 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. — New RepublicSomething interesting for everyone: If you like food, architecture, history, art or simply human stories, you will not be disappointed. — Christian Science MonitorSciolino 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. — Chicago Tribune