Bookstore and unexpected meeting
Salut everyone !
Just a quick post about books (again). Yesterday afternoon, I went to a bookstore called "Gibert Joseph". It's on Boulevard St Michel in Paris. I love this store because they have a whole section with books in english. So, I bought three books :
- "To Kill a Mocking Bird", Harper Lee. It's a classic in the United States and I always wanted to read it. Plus, the book won the Pulitzer Prize !
- "The Color Purple", Alice Walker. I bought that one because Gloria Steinem talks about it in her book "My Life on the Road". The book also won the Pulizer Prize and a National Book Award. It's about segregation and feminism.
- "Rule of the Bone", Russel Banks. I asked a vendor to choose something about travelling and he said I might like that one. Even though, it's not really about travelling. It's about a guy rejected by his parents who somehow find a way to leave his shitty life behind and leave. Sounds fun haha.
Anyway, I'm currently reading "My Life on the Road" because Emma Watson shared it on "our share shelf". She was right ! This book is incredible.
Here is a few quotes from the first 50 pages :
"When is rains, a rainbow stretches from can't-see to can't-see".
"What seems to be one thing from a distance is very different close up".
"Hate generalizes, loves specifies"._Robin Morgan
"If I had to pick one place to hang out anywhere, from New York to Cape Town and Australia to Honk Hong, a bookstore would be it." (I feel you ;) ).
Something quite unexpected and fabulous happened yesterday evening. My grand parents took me to a restaurant nearby their appartement in Charenton (94). When we took our seats, first thing I heard was the beautiful sound of americans speaking together! As always when I hear someone speaking english (even more when they have an american accent), I start staring at the people because I'm just so glad and I secretly hope I can somehow take part of the conversation. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one in this case haha. However, they needed someone to take a picture so, I asked "Would you like me to take a picture of you all ?". And that's how we started to talk. My grand dad who is also a very talkative person manage to invite them at his appartement. There were four of them but only two came at home, the other two were too tired to follow. The guy was actually italian and his wife was from Virginia. My grand-parents opened a very good bottle of champagne and we talked until about 11:30pm. It was so pleasant to speak english again. Without thinking about it, my brain just switched from english to french to english. I was happy, my english skills weren't so bad after all. We kept contact and I hope sometimes I will visit his wife in the States or him in Italy. Yes, they live appart but they both travel a lot (they were on their way to London). I was impressed, when they told us about their trips to Europe, Asia and America. I wish someday, it will be my turn to do the same.
My book list to buy :
- "Without you, there is no us", Suki Kim
- "The mathematics of love patterns, proofs, and the search for the ultimate equation", Hannah Fry
- "Femisism is for everybody : passionate politics", Bell Hooks
- "All about love : new visions", Bell Hooks
- "Moranifesto", Caitlin Moran
What's yours ???