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Happy News!

I could not be happier.

Dorie Greenspan likes our Carousels of Paris.

Dorie Greenspan, cook/baker extraordinaire, New York Times best selling author of 13 cookbooks, winner of five James Beard Awards, winner of the Cookbook of the Year Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (Twice!).

Yes, THAT Dorie Greenspan!

I’ve admired and followed Dorie, as I know many of you have, for a long time. I’m over the moon happy to share her kind words about Carousels of Paris at our page containing blurbs and praise. Check it out!

The American Library in Paris has decided to place Carousels of Paris in its permanent collection—a real honor, and we couldn’t be more pleased.

On a personal note, 2020 was a very hard year for many reasons.

Who knew that 2021 could start us off at such an important, and frightening, crossroad.

I believe democracy, and decency, will prevail, but it’s going to take good people fighting hard.

Stay strong. Don’t give up on your dreams.

We wish you all peace and good health.

We may not be able to travel to Paris right now, but we can enjoy an imaginary visit with the help of Carousels of Paris.

We may have added some new things since you were last here, so please make yourself at home and browse around.

At Etcetera we’re adding photos and there’s a link to my Paris reading list which I update often, links to past newsletters and a short story. I’ll be adding short stories here over time.

You’re able to access my blog, Meanderings and Muses, from here where I blog about everything from books to poetry to politics to photography. From art I love to things I don’t love. Travel and things I’m doing while staying safe at home.

This is also the place to sign up for my very occasional newsletter. They’ll be very infrequent now that Carousels of Paris has been out for awhile, but it’s how I announce the random giveaways. And we never know when that might happen.

There’s also a contact page in case you want to send me a note. Always happy to hear from you!

Enjoy and thanks for dropping by! I hope everyone is staying happy and healthy.


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Carousels of Paris

The book captures the colorful motion of everyday life in the City of Light while chronicling the history and characteristics of these unique attractions.

Carousels are much more than amusement rides. They are emblematic of the fantastical and the fun, the wild and the tamed. With their varying degrees of ornamentation and craftsmanship, Parisian carousels have for more than a century signaled delight and merriment for children while igniting the still small spark of whimsy among adults.

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Merci to Kaye Barley for creating this book and giving us all the chance to be charmed by these Parisian delights daily.
—Dorie Greenspan, James Beard Award-Winning Author
This collection invites readers to travel along with the two photographers, Kaye and her husband, Don Barley, as they uncover the history and magic of carousels.
—Lesa’s Book Critiques
Let your imagination wander back to a world full of colored lights and painted horses…
—Author Juliet Blackwell
The photographs are fantastic; the text is, of course, just right. I suddenly feel all is right with the world.
—Author Celia Miles
Simply enchanting! I absolutely adored this book!
—Author Jenn McKinlay
The book is so incredibly beautiful that it made me cry!
Happy cry.
—Erin Mitchell, Crimespree Magazine
If your heart, soul, and mind could use some uplifting, The Carousels of Paris will wrap you in its charm and beauty…
—Kathy Boone Reel, The Reading Room Blog
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