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Elaine Sciolino is a writer for the New York Times and a former New York Times Paris bureau chief, based in France since 2002. She is the author of La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life, Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran, and The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein's Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis. In 2010, she was decorated as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor for her "special contribution" to the friendship between France and the United States. She has worked for Newsweek in New York, Chicago, Paris, and Rome. She held a number of posts at the New York Times, including United Nations' bureau chief, Central Intelligence Agency correspondent, and chief diplomatic correspondent.
"A master storyteller, Elaine Sciolino has made the everyday life of one Paris street extraordinary. She writes with compassion and wit... I have been seduced!" -- Guy Savoy, chef and restaurateur "Elaine Sciolino...uses a deep knowledge of French history, a journalist's curiosity, and a playful sense of humor to examine life on one Paris street. The result is a literary tour de force-insightful, profound, brilliant." -- Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the United States "Elaine takes us on a walk down one of the most charming streets in Paris. I learned fascinating facts through her lively, engaging prose. A must-read for Paris lovers." -- Clothilde Dusoulier, author of The French Market Cookbook and Edible French "Intricately detailed, fastidiously researched, Elaine Sciolino has written a love poem to a spectacular, singular street in Paris... There are delights and discoveries on every page. A jewel of a book!" -- Patricia Wells, author of At Home with Patricia Wells "Under Elaine Sciolino's lyrical and humane gaze, a single Parisian street yields its secrets... Sciolino draws us into her world with a novelist's finely paced prose and detailed psychological portraits." -- Rhonda Garelick, author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History "Sciolino...takes readers for a cultural and historical stroll along her adopted city's venerable rue des Martyrs in this warmhearted, well-researched gem... Readers will appreciate her mixture of the tenacity of journalism and a warm memoir-like quality." -- Publishers Weekly "Readers familiar with Sciolino's dispatches to the New York Times will value her deft reporting and witty prose." -- Booklist "Sciolino knows her city, and it's charming that her favorite street there isn't one of the famed grand boulevards but the cafe and shop-crammed Rue des Martyrs... Sort of like being there." -- Barbara Hoffert - Library Journal