Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter...Review & Giveaway!

Today marks a release of a wonderful new book from Harper Perennial, The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter.  This delightful memoir is sure to be a hit with anyone who has ever been to Paris or simply wished themselves there (um....everyone!).  Here is the scoop...


In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafÉs of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flÂneurs; the secluded "Little Luxembourg" gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter's own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-PrÉs.

My mother-in-law, The Queen Bee , could not wait to read this one so I let her have her have first dibs.  Here is her "buzz"...
John Baxter, who is an ex-pat of Australia, has lived in Paris for over twenty years. He is a published author, who turned literary tour guide for a year. He has written this book, full of stories of legendary writers who once walked the streets of Paris. Papa Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce to name a few. He is not your average tour guide and this is not your average "travel book". Baxter has written a tale of Paris that is very witty and entertaining. I would have never thought I would get through more than a few pages of a travel guide, but this, I couldn't put down. Each chapter starts off with prose from a famous author or character from the Paris of the 20's and 30's. Then Baxter gifts us with his stories of what really happened at all the cafes and bistros during that time. I really got a feel for what the "city of lights" was really like back then. 
I thought this book was fantastique !! And when you are reading the last page, you will realize that Baxter is not trying to tell you that a walk in Paris is the most beautiful walk in the world, he wants you to decide where your most beautiful walk is for yourself. C'est tellement simple, l'amour.
A big thumbs up from The Queen Bee!!  I can't wait to dive into this one myself.  Pick up your copy of this hot, new release today...


Thanks to the publisher, Harper Perennial, one RBM reader will win a copy of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter!  Thanks so much to the sponsor.  Here is how to enter...

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me where you would most like to stroll in Paris.  I would be happy perched at a little cafe table with a book!  You must complete this entry for all others to count.

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Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to US  residents and will end on June 6th    The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on June 7th and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen .  Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

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I would love to take a stroll along the Seine!

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