Why LA Pourquoi Paris? Book Review

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Why LA, Pourquoi Paris? represents a visionary approach to a comparative study of two major, contemporary metropolises. As a long-time resident of both cities and a successful entrepreneur, author Diane Ratican curates visual pairings of Los Angeles and Paris with a newfound appreciation for their similarities, differences, and eccentricities.

Why LA, Pourquoi Paris? features full-color illustrations by famed artists Eric Giriat (Paris) and Nick Lu (Los Angeles), highlighting the Yin-Yang relationship of everyday life between two of the world’s great cities. Primarily an art book, this visual publication playfully “connects the dots” between respective architectural icons, historical legends, fashion trends, and cultural peculiarities.

My Thoughts on Why L. A. Pourquoi Paris?

An illustrated story of Los Angeles and Paris with the added benefit of historic information, and cultural trivia, Why LA, Pourquoi Paris? is a unique visual guide for visitors to Los Angeles and Paris who want to experience the cultural milieu of these two distinguished cities.

It also contains quotes that are translated from English to Français and Français to English. It’s narrated in French and has English translations after two or three paragraphs and English is italicized so it’s easy to navigate when reading. I think it’s a great book for French learners in that you can read the texts in French first and then read the English translation to check your understanding of what you just read in French.

About the Author:

Diane Ratican received her bachelor of arts degree in History and Sociology from the University of California Berkeley, and then earned her master of arts degree in Sociology and Education from UCLA. She started her career educating gifted children, and then moved on to become a risk-taking entrepreneur. This background uniquely prepared her to engage in this latest endeavor, as writer, conjuror of images, and artistic director. Her vision of art telling a story comes from her innate creativity and her talent as a collector and curator of art. To her, educating is communicating, and that is what she strives for in Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? Sharing her enchantment with, and knowledge of, both Los Angeles and Paris has become a complex project with all the depth and nuances of a richly textured tapestry. Her drive is what has navigated her through this process.

Ratican approached this distinctive book just as she approaches all of life’s challenges: with passion, tenacity, attention to detail, drive, and a joyful exuberance to create something inimitable and meaningful. Ratican is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and she lives in Pasadena, California.

Special thanks to Netgalley for sending a copy of Why L. A. Pourquoi Paris? 

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