John Baxter has lived in Paris for more than twenty years. He is the author of four acclaimed memoirs about his life in France: The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France; The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris; Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas; and We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light. Baxter, who gives literary walking tours through Paris, is also a film critic and biographer whose subjects have included the directors Fellini, Kubrick, Woody Allen, and most recently, Josef von Sternberg. Born in Australia, he lives with his wife and daughter in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood, in the same building Sylvia Beach called home.
"John Baxter and his incredible knowledge made me feel like I was walking through history. Anyone who reads this book will experience the artists, writers, and beauty of Paris come to life as if they were standing on the streets of St. Germain themselves." -- Maria Bello, actress and author of Whatever... Love is Love "Another delightful salute to Paris. ... Whether you're planning your first trip to Paris or absolutely have to stop in Paris on your way anywhere, this book, in addition to the author's previous guides, is essential." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred) "Saint-Germain-des-Pres embodies so much of what makes Paris special. ... It's precisely this fascinating history that John Baxter has brought to life. ... Baxter is without question a good man to tell the story of one of the City of Light's most iconic quarters." -- World Traveller "If you want to know what has made Saint-Germain-des-Pres so special, read this captivating account. As only a long-term resident can, John Baxter offers the reader improbable connections that surprise, amuse, and magically cohere into the story of a Paris quartier like no other." -- Thad Carhart, author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank "Saint-Germain's story, in Baxter's able hands, spans centuries and often hops its own borders. Readers will surely enjoy the leaps, for the destination here really is the diversion... and will count themselves lucky to be in the company of such an engaging Paris pro." -- Booklist