Books about France

Old Aug 3rd, 2010, 09:53 AM
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Books about France

Been a while since I posted this, and I have added a few titles. Still haven't won the lottery so guess I will have to put off moving to France till next drawing. If you have any to add please let me know. I have read all, and still keep looking...

Books of France


A White House in Gascony, by Rex Grizell
A Walk Across France, by Miles Morland
A House in the Sunflowers, by Ruth Silvestre
A Village in the Vaucluse, by Laurence Wylie
A Village in the Vineyards, by Thomas Mathews
A Pig in Provence, by Georgeanne Brennan
A Piano in the Pyrenees, by Tony Hawks
A Place in the World called Paris, Edited by Steven Barclay
A Bright Sun & Long Shadows, by Val Littman
A Castle in the Backyard, by Draine & Hinden
A Place in Normandy, by Nicholas Kilmer
A Farmhouse in Provence, by Mary Roblee Henry
A Goose in Toulouse, by Mort Rosenblum
A Harvest of Sunflowers, by Ruth Silvestre
A Summer in Gascony, by Martin Calder
A Perfect Circle, by Susie Kelly
A Town Like Paris, by Bruce Corbett
A Walk in the Vineyards, by Thomas Mathews
A Window on Provence, by Bo Niles
A Month of Sundays, by Ira & Barbara Spectror
A Chateau of One’s Own, by Sam Juneau
A Vineyard in the Dordogne, by Jeremy Josephs
Adieu, Dordogne by Roger Kohn
An Englishman in la Campagne, by Michael Sadler
At Home in France, by Ann Barry
Au Revoir Agnleterre, by Paul Jenner & Christine Smith
Backpacks, Boots & Baguettes, by Calder & Webb
Bananas in Bordeaux, by Louise Franklin Castanet
Best Foot Forward, by Susie Kelly
Bon Courage, by Richard Wiles
Bon Chance, by Richard Wiles
Butterflies on Mimosa, by Eleanor Francis
C’est La Folie, by Michael Wright
Cast Off, by Jan Murra
Come to the Table, by Louise Luiggi
Deep France, by Celia Brayfield
Deep France, by William Glover
Dordogne Adventures, by Eric Line
Floating Through France, by Barbara Euser
France, A Travelers Literary Companion, edited by Rodarmor/Livia
France in Mind, Edited by Alice Powers
French Cricket, by George East
French Leaves, by E.V. Lucas
French Toast, by Harriet Rochefort
From Here You Can’t See Paris, by Michael Sanders
Home & Dry in Normandy, by George East
Hot Sun, Cool Shadow, by Angela Murrills
I’ll Never Be French, by Mark Greenside
Instructions for Visitors, by Helen Stevenson
Life in a Postcard, by Rosemary Bailey
Lilac & Roses, by Peggy Anderson
Maison Therapy, by Alastair Simpson
More France Please, We’re British, by Helena Powell
Mourjou, by Peter Graham
My Father’s Glory & My Mother’s Castle, by Marcel Pagnol
My Life in France, by Julia Child
Narrow Dog to Carcassone, by Terry Darlington
Ou’ est le Ping? By Grace McKee
Perfume from Provence, by E.H. Shepard
Provence je t’aime, by Gordon Bitney
Reflections of Sunflowers, by Ruth Silvestre
Rene & Me, by George East
Running in Place, by Nicholas DelBanco
Savoir Rire: The Humorists Guide to France
Seeking Provence, by Nicholas Woodsworth
Serge Bastarde At My Baguette, by John Dummer
Ten Years in Provence, by Anne-Marie Simons
Strangers in Paradise (A Memoir of Provence, by Paul Chrsitensen
Tarte Tatin, by Susan Loomis
The Collected Traveler, Southwest France by Fodor’s
The Olive Farm, by Carol Drinkwater
The Ripening Sun, by Patricia Atkinson
The French Way, by Ross Steele
The Duck With a Dirty Laugh, by Ann Loader
The Bells of St. Paradis, by Ann Loader
The Magic of Provence, by Yvonne Lenard
The Oysters of Locmariaquer, by Eleanor Clark
Time was Soft There, by Jeremy Mercer
Tout Sweet, by Karen Wheeler
Travelers Tales/Provence, Edited by James O’Reilly
Tabvelers Tales/France, Edited by James O’Reilly
Vive La Renovation, by Trevor Morris
We’ll Always Have Paris, by John Baxter
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Happily working my way down your list.
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window on Provence-Bo Niles,
Long ago in France,
The Boss Dog
As They Were
two towns in Provence-all by M.K. fisher,
Caesar's Vast Ghost
The Alexandria Quartet-Laurence Durrell,
horse of Pride-Pierre Helias,
The Debt to Pleasure-John Lancaster,
The Discovery of France-Graham Robb,
The Fly Truffler-Sobin,
Paris Discovered-Mary Mcauliffe
Three Rivers of France-Freda White,
Deadly Slipper Michele Wan,
French Dirt-Richard Goodman,
The Paris MetroA ticket to French history-Plotkin,
Perfume from Provence-Lady Fortescue,
Paris to the Moon-Gopnik,
Kiki's Paris-Kluven and Martin,
Fort Towns of France-James Bently
Caravan to Vaccares-Allistair MacLean,
The Flanneur-Edmond white,
The South of France-Laura Raison,
The French Life-Vicki Archer,
Remembrances of things Paris-Ruth Reichl,
all the mysteries of Clara Black,
Montaillou-Le Roy Ladurie
Clochemerle-Gabriel Chavallier,
we'll always have Paris-Harvy Levenstein,
(American tourists since 1930)
book of Salt-Monique Truong,
True Pleasures-Holdforth,
Unexplored Paris-rodolph Trouilleux,
A parisian's Paris-Philip Myer,
A corner in the Marais-Alex Karmin,
The Very Rich Hours of adrienne Monnier-Mcdougall,
The lost King of France-Deborah Cadbury,
The Belly of Paris and A Lady's Paradise-both by Zola,
Paris was a woman-forgot the author
ditto for the Secret Life of the Seine
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Almost French, Sarah Turnbull
Mediterranean Summer, David Shalleck
Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik
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Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France / Ina Caro
A summer in Gascony : discovering the other South of France / Martin Calder.
Small boat in southern France. Roger Pilkington.
The dark vineyard : a novel of the French countryside / Martin Walker.
Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
The Caves of Perigord: A Novel by Martin Walker
Vie de France : sharing food, friendship, and a kitchen in the Loire Valley / James Haller
A proud taste for scarlet and miniver. Written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg.
Virgile's vineyard : a year in the Languedoc wine country / Patrick Moon.
Arrazat's Aubergines: Inside a Languedoc Kitchen by Patrick Moon
A life of her own : a countrywoman in twentieth-century France / by Emilie Carles
Chasing the heretics : a modern journey through the medieval Languedoc / Rion Klawinksi.
Chasing Matisse : a year in France living my dream / James Morgan.
Suite Francaise / Irene Nemirovksy
Extremely pale rosé : a very French adventure / Jamie Ivey.
La vie en rosé : a very French adventure continues / Jamie Ivey.
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
The Dud Avocado (New York Review Books Classics) by Elaine Dundy and Terry Teachout
Judgment of Paris : California vs. France and the historic 1976 Paris tasting that revolutionized wine / George M. Taber.
Au revoir to all that : food, wine, and the end of France / Michael Steinberger.
Parisians : an adventure history of Paris / Graham Robb.
Artists and Their Museums On the Riviera by Barbara F. Freed
Notes from the Languedoc by Rupert Wright
Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul by Charles Timoney
Mysteries by Fred Vargas
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Thank you all...great response, and it will keep me busy or a while.
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Finding that most of your suggestions are novels...unfortunately they are not on my favorites list.
Non-ficton is my preference. Thanks...
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My list gets longer---Merci!
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"Finding that most of your suggestions are novels..."
Pas du tout -- almost all of my suggestions are non-fiction. Of the ones I posted, only 6 are fiction. I think most of cigale's are non-fiction as well.
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Highly recommended

John Gimlette's <i>Panther Soup; A European Journey in War and Peace</i> -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panther-Soup...2998982&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Panther-Soup-T...words=gimlette
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Two fairly recent nonfiction books to add. Both give good insights into French culture. Sorry - I'm not sure about the authors.

French Kids Eat Everything
Bringing Up Bebe
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Paris - The Secret History (Andrew Hussey)
The Flâneur - A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris(Edmund White)
Paris Revealed (Stephen Clarke - see also his A Year In the Merde series, and Talk to the Snail: 10 Commandments for Understanding the French)
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Has anyone read any good books about the history of Paris but in French rather than English? I'd like to learn about Paris and improve my French at the same time.
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MaisiePlague -

If the English version is any guide you should enjoy (and I'd guess, be challenged by) <i>The Invention of Paris; A History in Footsteps</i>, in the original French, by the radical Paris author and publisher Eric Hazan.

Others for the list

<i>Footprints in Paris; A Few Streets, A Few Lives</i>
Gillian Tindall

<i>That Sweet Enemy; The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present </i>
Robert and Isabelle Tombs
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