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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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, $17.95)

Paris to the Pyrenees

Paris to the Pyrenees

by David Downie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES

David Downie's spirited book is haunted by the Gallo-Roman forebears of modern France. On ancient trails through the forests of the rugged Morvan, they continued across the celebrated wine country of Burgundy and the centuries-old Via Podiensis on the Way of Saint James. (FRA41, $16.95)

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)

Eyewitness Guide France

Eyewitness Guide France

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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)

France Map

France Map

by Michelin

  • 2014
  • MAP

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

 
The Roman Provence Guide

The Roman Provence Guide


by Edwin Mullins

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Mullin's succinct history and guide to the many monuments, arches and other antiquities of Provincia Nostra, the first Roman territory outside Italy, covers the must-see archaeological sites of Provence and neighboring Languedoc in detail. (FRA05, $20.00)

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)

D-Day June 6, 1944

D-Day June 6, 1944


by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 655 PAGES

Written by the best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose, this well-researched narrative draws together interviews and government documents to tell the gripping tale of D-Day. (FRN40, $19.99)

Monet at Giverny

Monet at Giverny


by Eric Sander | Adrien Goet

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

Illustrated with photographs from all seasons, this profile of Monet's home in Normandy takes readers into the artist's life and sanctuary. Adrien Goet explains how the home and gardens were designed, where Monet spent his time and much more. (FRA250, $15.00)

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 Popes of Avignon, A Century in Exile

The Popes of Avignon, A Century in Exile


by Edwin Mullins

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Grounded in the architecture and papal legacy of Avignon and the surrounding area, this engaging history sets the 70-year period of papal exile in the south of France against the context of Europe's turbulent transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. (FRN806, $14.95)

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, $16.00)

My Life in France

My Life in France


by Julia Child

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Child's characteristically ebullient record of Paris and Provence, her many friends, family and memorable meals, in the years after WWII, turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci (as husband Paul). (FRN596, $16.00)

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, $17.00)

Claude & Camille, A Novel of Monet

Claude & Camille, A Novel of Monet


by Stephanie Cowell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

You can practically smell the paint in Stephanie Cowell's lyrical novel -- peopled by not just Claude Monet and the love of his life, Camille, but also by his best friend Bazille, Renoir, Pissaro and Manet. (FRN891, $15.00)

France, A Traveler's Literary Companion

France, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by William Rodarmor

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This collection contains literary gems from all corners of France by a select group of 20th-century French writers from Colette to Simenon. (FRN767, $14.95)

A Good Year

A Good Year


by Ridley Scott

  • FILM
  • 2006
  • DVD

Based on the novel by Peter Mayle (FRN618), this lighthearted romantic comedy follows a British investment banker (Russell Crowe) to Provence, where he inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard and falls in love with a local woman. (FRA212, $9.98)

Amelie

Amelie


by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

  • FILM
  • 2013
  • DVD

A gem of a film, set in Paris. Amelie, a young French waitress, was taught by her father that she suffered from a heart defect and could never live life to the fullest. Upon learning that she is healthy, Amelie warms up to life by anonymously helping acquaintances and playing tricks on evil-doers. (FRA162, $9.98)

La Vie En Rose

La Vie En Rose


by Olivier Dahan

  • FILM
  • 2010
  • DVD

A dramatic film about the life of French singer Edith Piaf. Highly praised, it won Frenchwoman Marion Cotillard the Oscar for Best Actress. Filmed in Paris. Originally released in 2007. PG-13. (FRA167, $14.97)

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary


by Tim Fywell

  • FILM
  • 2012
  • DVD

Produced by the BBC in 2000, this made-for-TV movie stars France O'Connor (Mansfield Park) and is set near Rouen, Normandy. Based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary is a complicated drama in which a woman married to a boring country doctor seeks passion and celebrity. (FRA215, $29.98)

Paris, Je T'aime

Paris, Je T'aime


by Olivier Assayas

  • FILM
  • 2008
  • DVD

For this whimsically beautiful anthology film, over 20 great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short (under 5 minute) film about love in Paris. Each explores a different neighborhood. (FRA165, $19.98)

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan


by Steven Spielberg

  • FILM
  • 1998
  • DVD

The classic, graphic film of a WWII squad's search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. (WAR198, $14.99)

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