Before we get to Mercer’s story (and, being a memoir, the book is about both him and the shop), a few misconceptions need to be cleared up. In Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: The Left Bank World of Shakespeare and Co., an altercation with a source sees Jeremy Mercer quit his job. Buy Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs by Jeremy Mercer from Waterstones today! Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get FREE UK.

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The official store hours were noon to midnight, but most days George opened earlier to accommodate the crowds. Burroughs, through to Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell.

In he joined the Foreign Service, where he remained for twelve years, serving at the embassies in Belgrade and Beirut and with the British Delegation to the Disarmament Conference at Geneva.

More time spent on the central character, Jeremy Mercer, not just cataloguing his past indiscretions, might also have made Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs a more engaging read. It also shares intimate portrayals of the man behind the store and a young man pulling his life away from a path of self destruction.

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Reply Thanks to this post, I’ve finally got round to importing all my book reviews from my LiveJournal blog into my WordPress one, as I finally got tired of not being able to search for older book reviews that were still only on LJ. I had a bavuettes experience with another book set in Paris “the best walk in the world” or something and it was so arrogant and writer-centered.

The Man with No Face He was only in Paris from his native America because someone had threatened his life after some criminal confidences were broken. For Si, being bullied as the fat kid in class was part of his daily school routine.


Today the tradition continues and writers still find their way to this bizarre establishment, one of them being Jeremy Mercer.

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This introduction to the country would start a life-long love affair with the people and the place. Ooo, I have this one on my TBR.

The backstory of how George came ahd be in Paris and how he came to set up the shop in the first place was intruiging for about 50 pages.

The original store opened in and became known as the haunt of literary greats, such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Our Authors See all Authors. Mark Seal has been a journalist for 34 years. Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid babuettes the underbelly of the upper-middle classes and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them.

Books, Baguettes, and Bedbugs – Jeremy Mercer

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Mercer is particularly good on his fellow lodgers above the shop Wish I had known about it when I was younger so I could have ahd and stayed too…. Must agree that the comma is necessary. Trapeze Maid Stephanie Land. Yay for the Oxford Comma!

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This Pym week has been very bad for my TBR resolutions. What confused me too was the fact that Mercer kept saying what a wonderful person George was, yet the way he portrayed him was as a rude, grumpy old man who perved after young girls 65 bbedbugs younger than him!


Abdel Sellou and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo were two people marginalized by society: Burroughs, through to Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell. Given the subject, I expected to fall in love with Paris over again through the book. In he resigned from the service in order to write. A self-indulgent, poorly executed excuse for a mediocre writer to cash in on his time spent living in a famous bookshop.

Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Our Books See all Books. He lives with his son in La Jolla,CA. Thompson during his years as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone.

A solitary child, she learned to occupy her days lost in a book, riding or playing with the family’s animals which included at different times a honey bear, chameleons, a bush baby, two wallabies, a lion, a mongoose and a coati mundi.

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Do I also see a Barbara Pym at the bottom of the hammock? Although unbeknownst to me George Whitman was still alive when I visited in — he died in — it was no longer a haven gaguettes artistic types from around the world.

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