Insider travel information from an erudite author.




From the French Living 101 series

A guide to traveling in Paris by a debut author and self-proclaimed “citizen of the world.”

After dining with two friends who had vastly different experiences on long-anticipated trips to Paris—largely due to differing degrees of planning and preparation—Kharbichi decided to use her knowledge of her adopted hometown to create her own travel guide. Writing as “your Parisian friend,” she offers personalized experiences in the City of Light, focused around vacationers’ particular preferences. After a general overview of Paris, she dedicates chapters to culture, romance, style, and cuisine. The book concludes with crucial travel information for getting to and around the city. One of the introductory chapters offers an extremely helpful guide to the primary attractions and accommodations in each arrondissement, in numerical order, originating at the center of the city. Typical travel guide information, such as addresses, telephone numbers, hours, and fees, is interspersed with chatty prose. Topics range from libraries to cheese to libertine clubs appropriate only for consenting adults. As a result, Kharbichi offers advice on subjects generally not covered by most run-of-the-mill travel books as well as informational sections on currently popular French style and wine appreciation. Her easy, conversational prose makes this book feel like one is sitting down with a friend, discussing Paris over a glass of wine or cup of coffee. The book’s companion website includes beautiful color photographs that the book lacks, although the site’s full content is only available to registered users who have purchased the book. While this work is enjoyable enough to read from cover to cover, readers can peruse any one section without any loss of understanding, though an index would have been useful.

Insider travel information from an erudite author.  

Pub Date: Aug. 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-2-95-520450-4

Page Count: 222

Publisher: Metis Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 29, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2015

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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