A must for your bookshelf! Both works signed by David Coggins.
Paris in Winter combines fanciful ink and watercolor drawings by artist and writer David Coggins with charming vignettes about his family’s annual New Year’s sojourns to Paris, which, because of their unending love for the city, they’ve been taking together for almost 20 years. This memoir of poetic, lighthearted stories highlights the family’s passion for art and food, fashion and social life. Family rituals–from having lunch each January at the delightful Le Grand Vefour to haunting favorite antique shops and seeking out-of-the-ordinary spots, like a little known garden or a gypsy circus–are interspersed with serendipitous moments: hearing Bono sing “Happy Birthday” to a friend in a bistro, adopting an abandoned lap dog, and the simple pleasures of Parisian street life. Coggins’s delicate and intimate drawings capture classic Parisian scenes as well as family and friends against the backdrop of the elegant City of Light under the cloak of winter. Across cafés and hotels, apartments and galleries, the family mixes with a lively group of Parisian and international actors, designers, writers, and students. Furthermore, Coggins weaves in fascinating bits of the city’s history and artistic lore, from Victor Hugo’s interior designs to the painting that legend has it started Impressionism, to delight Francophiles all over.
He gained instant fans around the world with tales of his family’s many years visiting Paris in Winter. Now David Coggins brings to curious, travel-loving readers the same degree of enviable stories and charming illustrations, this time from St. Barts—a perfect compliment to the first book in the series. Blue: A St. Barts Memoir is an affectionate, poetic account of his family’s annual visits to St. Barthélemy in the French West Indies. As in his popular Paris in Winter, the pages of Blue are full of lyrical writing and vivid watercolors and ink drawings. Coggins and his family have a passion for the simple yet sophisticated pleasures of life on the beautiful French island. That passion is contagious, and the reader is soon caught up in rituals developed and refined over 20 years. Much of it centers around the mountain villa where they stay and the timeless joys of the Caribbean: swimming, reading, sailing, meals overlooking the sea. Coggins describes the natural world lovingly, and captures it in his drawings–sublime sky and sea, lush tropical gardens, abundant wildlife from iguanas to whales. He writes about social life, about the famous and glamorous but more about people who live on the island, chefs, artists, wine sellers, sailors. Blue is a delight for the eye and the mind, an antidote to the pressures of urban life. It’s a deeply personal telling of one family’s experiences in an idyllic setting, but Coggins’s gifts as storyteller and illustrator, conveyed with humanity and a love of life, make Blue universally enchanting.
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