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Best Books About France

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All the Light We Cannot See
A Novel
Anthony Doerr - 2017-04-04 (first published in 2014)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller listFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths ...
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A Year in Provence
Peter Mayle - 1991-06-04 (first published in 1989)
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National Bestseller In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secr...
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Les Misérables
Victor Hugo - 2010-12-16 (first published in 1862)
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Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his p...
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The Novel
Edward Rutherfurd - 2014-04-01 (first published in 2013)
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From Edward Rutherfurd, the grand master of the historical novel, comes a dazzling epic about the magnificent city of Paris. Moving back and forth in time, the story unfolds through intimate and thrilling tales of self-discovery, divided loyalty, and long-kept secrets. As various characters come of age, seek their fortunes, and fall in and out of l...
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Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong
Why We Love France but Not the French
Jean Nadeau - 2020-03-13
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The French...-Smoke, drink and eat more fat than anyone in the world, yet live longer and have fewer heart problems than Americans-Work 35-hour weeks, and take seven weeks of paid holidays per year, but are still the world's fourth-biggest economic powerSo what makes the French so different?Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong is a journey into t...
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The Nightingale
A Novel
Kristin Hannah - 2017-04-25
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In love we find out who we want to be.In war we find out who we are.FRANCE, 1939In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that f...
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My Life in France
Julia Child - 2007-10-09 (first published in 2006)
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The bestselling story of Julia's years in France--and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams--in her own words. Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child was not always a master...
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick - 2007-01-30
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Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cry...
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A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway - 1996-10-01 (first published in 1964)
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Begun in the autumn of 1957 and published posthumously in 1964, Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast captures what it meant to be young and poor and writing in Paris during the 1920s. A correspondent for the Toronto Star, Hemingway arrived in Paris in 1921, three years after the trauma of the Great War and at the beginning of the transformation of E...
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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Victor Hugo - 2019-01-01 (first published in 1831)
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This extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic i...
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Joanne Harris - 2000-01-01
How Paris Became Paris by Joan Dejean
Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
The Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola
My Twenty-five Years in Provence by Peter Mayle
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
The Only Street in Paris by Elaine Sciolino
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel
A Bite-Sized History of France by Stéphane Hénaut
Anatole by Eve Titus
The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta
Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
The Bonjour Effect by Julie Barlow
The Seine by Elaine Sciolino
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne
The Glorious Flight by Alice Provensen
The Horseman on the Roof by Jean Giono
The red and the Black by 1783-1842 Stendhal
Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer
The Flaneur by Edmund White
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
The Apprentice by Jacques Pépin
Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
Don't Be a Tourist in Paris by Vanessa Grall
Rendez-Vous in Cannes by Jennifer Bohnet
La Bête humaine by Émile Zola
The Iron King by Maurice Druon
Perfume by Patrick Sskind
A History of France by John Julius Norwich
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
Murder on the Quai by Cara Black
The Oxford History of the French Revolution by William Doyle
The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers
Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
Letters from my Windmill by Alphonse Daudet
L'Appart by David Lebovitz