If you love all things Gallic, then say “oui” to reading this wee book.
“Everything About Paris (or Almost Everything)” (The Little Bookroom, $16.95) is “A Petite Encyclopedia of Indispensable and Superfluous Information” about the City of Light. This roughly 200-page book is also delightful and quirky with soupçons of trivia about equestrian statues (the position of the horse’s legs reflects the manner in which the rider died), a guide to how the city’s streets are numbered and tombstone traditions (leave a lipstick mark on Oscar Wilde’s headstone in Père Lachaise Cemetery). If you like heights, there’s a list of the 10 highest summits in Paris, with Montmartre in the peak position at 421 feet tall.
Especially handy is a mini phrase book for foreign tourists, and a list of “10 misdemeanors that may (or may not) cost you dearly”: If you’re caught drawing graffiti, the French police will throw the book at you, and we don’t mean this one.