Paris Cafe by Noel Riley Fitch
The Select Crowd

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Acclaimed author Noël Riley Fitch, abetted by noted artist Rick Tulka, serves the dish on Select, the famous Montparnasse café that for nearly nine decades has been so vital to Paris and its intellectual denizens: from Hemingway, Beauvoir, Picasso, James Baldwin, and George Plimpton to the writers and artists who continue to work quietly there in the back room or heatedly debate every topic imaginable into the night. The artists have their work on the walls; the novelists include the café setting in their fiction. The quiet and drama of the Sélect world illustrates the centrality of cafés — particularly this one — to Parisian social, cultural, and intellectual life. Blending pithy profiles and witty drawings of clientele and staff, the book is organized around a history of the café, its daily and seasonal rhythms, particular colorful patrons, and even its typical café/brasserie food (including a few recipes).

About Noel Riley Fitch

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Noel Riley Fitch lives in Los Angeles.
Published November 13, 2007 by Soft Skull Press. 122 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Fitch (Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child, 1997, etc.) joins forces with illustrator and editorial cartoonist Tulka to fashion a charming love-letter to their favorite hangout: Café Le Sélect in Paris.

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This charming biography takes as its subject Le Select, a Paris cafe that thrived for eight decades as a ""microcosm of the best of the coffeehouse tradition...

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