Paris Was Yesterday by Janet Flanner. Janet Flanner, the first Paris correspondent for The New Yorker, wrote a Letter From Paris for 50 years, and Paris Was Yesterday collects her early works: the pre-WWII era of James Joyce, the Stavisky Affair, and writing Edith Wharton’s obituary.
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang. This is a fascinating book that flows like fiction. She was truly an amazing woman. She essentially brought China out of the dark ages. She opened trade w/ the West, built up the army & navy, built railroads, put in telegraphs, etc. Don't miss this book!