No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf
Knopf: 2011. Signed first edition. Hardcover in dust jacket. Fine.
"Fittingly, it was in Paris that I first heard Piaf's throaty tremor, in the maid's room I occupied in exchange for English lessons. Often, after climbing seven flights of stairs, I fell onto the bed and turned on the radio to hear her latest hit. In the fall of 1959, when I was studying at the Sorbonne and Piaf was pursuing what the press called her suicide tour, France was gripped by the Algerian War, then being waged in the casbahs of Algeria and the streets of Paris. Unclear about the issues but aware that bombs were exploding in public places, I retreated to my attempt to learn French while singing along with Piaf."