French Lessons

French moviemakers excel at producing a certain kind of light, wistful, erotic saga of folly and longing. Now Ellen Sussman delivers an English-language prose equivalent with her tale of three Americans and their corresponding native guides in the City of Light, walking the tightrope of desire and caution, abandon and respectability.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.