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Best Books About France

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All the Light We Cannot See
A Novel
Anthony Doerr - Apr 04, 2017 (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 ...
A Year in Provence
Peter Mayle - Jun 04, 1991 (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...
Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong
Why We Love France but Not the French
Jean Nadeau - Mar 13, 2020
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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...
Paris to the Moon
Adam Gopnik - Sep 11, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth century.Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafés, breathtaking façades around every corner--in short, an exq...
The Only Street in Paris
Life on the Rue des Martyrs
Elaine Sciolino - Nov 01, 2016
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Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. "I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs," Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood’s rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suf...
Almost French
Love and a New Life in Paris
Sarah Turnbull - Aug 03, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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The charming true story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure--and the love of her life--in Paris. "This isn't like me. I'm not the sort of girl who crosses continents to meet up with a man she hardly knows. Paris hadn't even been part of my travel plan..."A delightful, fresh twist on the travel memoir, Almost French takes us on a tour that...
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are
Love, Style, and Bad Habits
Anne Berest - Sep 02, 2014
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From four stunning and accomplished French women--at last--a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave themselves.In short, frisky sections, these Parisian women give you their very original views on style, beauty, culture, attitude and men. The authors--Anne Berest...
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas - Jan 01, 1985 (first published in 1844)
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Abridged by Lowell Blair.Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic  era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story  is one of the most widely read romantic novels of  all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond  Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown  into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed  to spend his life in a da...
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick - Jan 30, 2007
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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...
Swann's Way
Marcel Proust - Nov 05, 2013 (first published in 1913)
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It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. In a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the series features unique cover art by Hische, a ...
The Three Musketeers
Alexandre Dumas - Jan 10, 2018 (first published in 1844)
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Alexandre Dumas’s most famous tale— and possibly the most famous historical novel of all time— in a handsome hardcover volume.This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, es...
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Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
The Iron King by Maurice Druon
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
The Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola
The Bonjour Effect by Julie Barlow
A History of France by John Julius Norwich
My Twenty-five Years in Provence by Peter Mayle
The Horseman on the Roof by Jean Giono
How Paris Became Paris by Joan Dejean