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Eyewitness Guide France

Eyewitness Guide France

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

This superb guide to all of France features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (FRN01, $30.00)

D-Day June 6, 1944

D-Day June 6, 1944

by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 655 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Ambrose's riveting popular account of the climactic battle of WWII. (FRN40, $19.99)

Paris to the Moon

Paris to the Moon

by Adam Gopnik

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile. (FRN208, $16.00)

France Map

France Map

by Michelin

  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

A colorful, accurate and up-to-date map of France at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (FRN07, $12.95)

 
Battle of Normandy 1944 Map

Battle of Normandy 1944 Map


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2004
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

This historic reproduction shows battle dates, parachute drops and locations of Allied forces. (FRN264, $12.95)

A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy


by Carl Shilleto | Mike Tolhurst

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact guide to Normandy's WWII battlefields, memorials, sites and cemeteries. (FRN330, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Loire Valley

Eyewitness Guide Loire Valley


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Visually rich, comprehensive, and practical, this guidebook is an excellent introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Loire Valley. Highly recommended. (FRN43, $25.00)

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light. (FRN41, $12.99)

French or Foe?

French or Foe?


by Polly Platt

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With humor, directness and great insight, this compact book is an expert and entertaining guide to the French and how to get along with them. The expanded third edition addresses France's romance with cell phones and includes a short chapter of recent vignettes. (FRN54, $16.95)

Michelin Green Guide Normandy

Michelin Green Guide Normandy


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A thorough introduction to Normandy and the Channel Islands in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. (FRN89, $21.99)

The Food of France

The Food of France


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south). (FRN17, $18.00)

1066, The Year of the Conquest

1066, The Year of the Conquest


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

A crack medievalist and storyteller, Howarth brings to life the momentous events of 1066 in rich, anecdotal history -- a classic portrait of the Norman invasion and conquest of England. (GBR115, $15.00)

A Traveller's History of France

A Traveller's History of France


by Robert Cole

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times. (FRN08, $14.95)

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres


by Henry Brooks Adams

  • HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

First published at the turn of the century, this classic work is a meditation on the medieval world as reflected through its most famous religious structures. (FRN44, $18.00)

Six Armies in Normandy, From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

Six Armies in Normandy, From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris


by John Keegan

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 365 PAGES

A provocative account of the invasion of Normandy and the battles that proceeded it. Keegan's intense descriptions of the war in northern France are accompanied by perceptive analysis of the military tactics that resulted in Allied victory. (FRN118, $17.00)

The Longest Day: June 6, 1944

The Longest Day: June 6, 1944


by Cornelius Ryan

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

Long the standard history of the Allied invasion of Normandy, Ryan's visceral account of men at war is skillfully written and accurate. First published in 1959. (FRN382, $17.00)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy

The Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy


by Hugh Palmer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

An oversized, full color photographic celebration of the villages, churches, chateaux, harbors, and coastlines of Normandy. (FRN647, $40.00)

The Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire

The Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire


by James Bentley | Hugh Palmer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

An illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture, and people, featuring 275 color photographs and accompanying lively essays by Francophile James Bentley. (FRN483, $40.00)

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France


by Ina Caro

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history. (FRN03, $17.00)

The Gothic Cathedral, Origins of Gothic Architecture and the Medieval Concept of Order

The Gothic Cathedral, Origins of Gothic Architecture and the Medieval Concept of Order


by Otto Georg Von Simson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

A scholarly examination of the Medieval cathedral as a representation of the supernatural and divine. (EUR246, $35.00)

A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast


by Ernest Hemingway

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness. (FRN26, $15.00)

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris


by A.J. Liebling

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 182 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Liebling captures with stylish prose his coming-of-age in Paris in this elegant memoir, which is also a tribute to French cuisine. (FRN32, $15.00)

Eleanor of Aquitaine, A Life

Eleanor of Aquitaine, A Life


by Alison Weir

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Weir's enjoyable biography of the woman who was both queen of France (married to Louis VII) and queen of England (married to Henry II) shows Eleanor as an ambitious political and artistic powerbroker in an age when most women were seen but not heard. (FRN287, $17.00)

Into a Paris Quartier, Reine Margot's Chapel and other Haunts of St. Germain

Into a Paris Quartier, Reine Margot's Chapel and other Haunts of St. Germain


by Diane Johnson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

Novelist Diane Johnson (Le Divorce) writes with insight, verve and wit in this affectionate, personal portrait of St Germain-des-Pres, her neighborhood on the Left Bank. (FRN491, $10.95)

On Rue Tatin, Living and Cooking in a French Town

On Rue Tatin, Living and Cooking in a French Town


by Susan Herrmann Loomis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A talented chef with winning prose, Loomis dedicates her memoir to Louviers and its inhabitants "for making room for us." With 50 Norman recipes throughout. (FRN308, $16.00)

The Secret Life of the Seine

The Secret Life of the Seine


by Mort Rosenblum

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river. (FRN48, $17.50)

A Day in the Country and Other Stories

A Day in the Country and Other Stories


by Guy de Maupassant

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS

A collection of 28 of de Maupassant's short stories, set mostly in the writer's native Normandy. (FRN307, $11.95)

Chocolat

Chocolat


by Joanne Harris

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

This charming novel set in the Loire Valley pits provincial morals against pleasure. Adapted into a popular movie. (FRN484, $16.00)

In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages

In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages


by Hella Haasse

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 594 PAGES

With a cast of thousands including Joan of Arc and the Dukes of Burgundy, this 1949 historical novel renders the political intrigue, people and texture of 15th-century Europe and of medieval court life during the Hundred Years War. (FRN86, $21.95)

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary


by Lydia Davis | Gustave Flaubert

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES

The landmark novel of a woman who suffers in search of relief from her humdrum life in a provincial village outside Rouen. (FRN301, $16.00)

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