Saturday, June 4, 2011

Elaine Sciolino's six favorite books

Elaine Sciolino is the author of the award-winning book Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. She is a Paris correspondent and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, having previously served as the newspaper’s chief diplomatic correspondent and UN bureau chief. In 2010, she was decorated a chevalier of the Legion of Honor. She has also been a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, based in Paris and Rome. She lives in Paris with her husband.

Her new book is La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life.

One of her six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Wharton, the leading American female writer of the early 20th century, experienced her first, and most likely only, passionate love affair in the city of Paris. This novel explores the anticipation, longing, concealment, reserve, and deception of a deep love, never consummated.
Read about the other books on the list.

The Age of Innocence also appears on Frances Kiernan's five best list of books that helped her understand the ways of New York society and David Kamp's list of six books that are notable for their food prose, and is among Mika Brzezinski's 6 best books and Honor Blackman's 6 best books.

Learn more about Sciolino's La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life.

--Marshal Zeringue