Books again- France- Paris

Apr 8th, 2008, 12:38 PM
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Books again- France- Paris

with a twist.

Has anyone read anything set in Paris or wider France published in the last 6 months, and which they could recommend. Preferably, but not necessarily fiction. If so, please share.

I do know about most, if not all, o fthe earlier stuff.
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Apr 8th, 2008, 01:04 PM
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I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but I just finished reading Julia Child, My Life in France. It was excellent!
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Apr 8th, 2008, 01:28 PM
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Cara Black has written a number of books - I've only read 'Murder in the Marais' but I know there is also Murder in Montmartre and others.
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Apr 8th, 2008, 01:29 PM
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Cara Black's "Murder in the rue du Paradis." If we can go back a little farther in time, Diane Johnson's "In a Paris Quartier."
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Apr 8th, 2008, 01:33 PM
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MY FRENCH LIFE is a gorgeous coffee table book published in the last six months.
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Apr 8th, 2008, 01:48 PM
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The Discovery of France A historical geography from the revolution to the first World War by Graham Robb.
Aveyron, a Bridge to French Arcadia
by Thirza Vallois.
I finished My French Life
by Vickie Archer,
And Murder in the rue de Paradis.
If you're a Cara Black fan, you will enjoy this eight book.
She gets better with each one.



















































































































































































































































































































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Apr 8th, 2008, 02:56 PM
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I also read the book, "My Life in France" about Julia Child 2 years ago and really enjoyed it.

I am now reading and enjoying "Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull--this has been out a number of years though.

Am anxious to read some of the other suggestions posted.
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Apr 9th, 2008, 08:53 AM
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Thanks, guys. More please.
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Apr 9th, 2008, 09:08 AM
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Not new, but have you read:
On Rue Tatin
Almost French
Weekend in Paris
The last time I saw Paris

More info, if needed.

I also would like some new "reads".
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Apr 9th, 2008, 09:09 AM
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I'm reading for a trip next week...so far:

Suite Francaise -- Irene Nemirovsky (newly english-version paperback, finally!)
Luncheon of the Boating Party -- Susan Vreeland (also new in PB)
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Apr 9th, 2008, 09:24 AM
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Thanks, I'll look them up.

I also like books that take place anywhere in France or Italy.

Any suggestions?
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Apr 9th, 2008, 10:00 AM
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The Last Summer of the World, by Emily Mitchell (a novel based on the life of Edward Steichen). Much of the action takes place in France during WWI, when Steichen was an aerial reconnaissance photographer for the U.S. Army. A first novel, it's very well written, and contains lots of interesting stuff I never knew about photography and Steichen's life.
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Apr 9th, 2008, 01:48 PM
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I just picked up the Dressmaker by Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck; published in 2006. About a dressmaker of wedding gowns living north of Paris. I haven't started it yet but it looks interesting.
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Apr 9th, 2008, 04:08 PM
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I just started Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. It doesn't have the best reviews on Amazon, but I thought I'd give it a try.
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Apr 9th, 2008, 08:35 PM
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not new but Kate Mosse's "Labyrinth", (if you are interested in the Cathars)
"THE Book Of Salt" by Monique Truono,
about Gertrude Stein's life with her chef.( A book of fiction)
"Pais Discovered" by Mary McAuliffe,
A whimsical book I love, "Waiting for Gertrude" all the famous in Pere LaChaise cemetary return as cats with amusing results. Oscar wilde has the hots for Jim Morrison,... and I won't spoil the rest. I can recommend more if you want ,Sheila.
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Apr 9th, 2008, 09:10 PM
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cigalechanta - I don't remember the name of it, but I think Kate Mosse has a brand new book out this week. At least I remember seeing the audio for it today. (bookstore employee)


Can't think of anything else new and french related at the moment. Everything I can think of isn't really new, and can't think of the titles or the authors.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 12:25 AM
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Not necessarily recent, but how about any of Fred Vargas's detective stories, Daniel Pennac's Malaussène series ("Belleville Quartet"), or Edmund White's "Le Flâneur"?
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Apr 10th, 2008, 03:17 AM
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I just read The Lost King of France - fabulous. A non-ficton book about Marie Antoinette, the revolution, Louis the XVI and the little boy who would have been king if it wasn't for all that head chopping.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 04:33 AM
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Better and better. TVM
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Apr 10th, 2008, 06:25 AM
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Again, not new but Anna Gavalda's Hunting and Gathering (original title Ensemble c'est tout)is set in Paris and its environs, and is worth a look.

It was also recently made into a film with the delectable Audrey Tautou.
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