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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)

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France

by Kermit Lynch

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

A delightful and warmly anecdotal book highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless. (FRN72, $19.00)

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)

France Map

France Map

by Michelin

  • MAP

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

 
Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

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, $13.99)

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook


by Marie-Helene Girard | Anny Monet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (FRN120, $8.99)

Made in France, A Shopper's Guide

Made in France, A Shopper's Guide


by Laura Morelli

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Both a fascinating history of France's artisanal legacy and an insider's shopping guide, the book includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture and craft festivals. (FRN706, $24.95)

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)

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)

Provence A-Z

Provence A-Z


by Peter Mayle

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A companion to all things Provencal, from bouillabaisse to lavender and vinaigre, by the British expatriate and Francophile Peter Mayle. (FRN619, $15.95)

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong


by Jean-Benoit Nadeau | Julie Barlow

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

Two Canadian journalists tackle the contradictions and complexities of the French character, paying particular attention to the question of why the French resist globalization. (FRN755, $18.99)

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

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)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

Cezanne

Cezanne


by Mary Tompkins Lewis

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A well-illustrated introduction to Cezanne's life and works in the stimulating Art and Ideas series by Phaidon, featuring 193 color and 13 black and white illustrations. (FRN508, $29.95)

Cezanne and Provence, The Painter and His Culture

Cezanne and Provence, The Painter and His Culture


by Nina Maria Athanassoglou-Kallmyer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 334 PAGES

This thorough study of Cezanne's work takes as its jumping-off point his 1886 move from Paris to his native Aix-en-Provence. The author uses the history and culture of Provence to provide a fresh analysis of the landscape's influence on the painter's technique. (FRN554, $65.00)

Cezanne, Father of 20th Century Art

Cezanne, Father of 20th Century Art


by Michel Hoog | Rosemary Stonehewer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

A pocket-size biography of Cezanne, discussing the painter's monumental influence on the development of 20th-century art, featuring color illustrations and excerpts from the artist's writings. (FRN168, $12.95)

Matisse and Picasso, The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship

Matisse and Picasso, The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship


by Jack Flam

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Jack Flam explores the compelling, competitive, parallel lives of these two artists and their very different attitudes toward the idea of artistic greatness, toward the women they loved and ultimately toward their confrontations with death. (ART20, $17.95)

The Private Lives of the Impressionists

The Private Lives of the Impressionists


by Sue Roe

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. Roe shows the Impressionists in the studios of Paris, rural lanes of Montmartre and rowdy riverside bars as Paris underwent Baron Haussmann's spectacular transformation. (FRA16, $17.99)

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence


by Peter Mayle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

The original best-selling tale of settling down in Provence, told with warmth and a great deal of humor. It offers a wonderful inside look at the charms and quirks of the people and the countryside in the south of France. (FRN19, $14.95)

Dear Theo, The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh

Dear Theo, The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh


by Irving Stone

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

This collection of letters from the troubled artist to his brother offers an illuminating gaze into Van Gogh's passion for art while revealing his dramatic personal struggles. (NTH88, $17.00)

Renoir, My Father

Renoir, My Father


by Jean Renoir

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 437 PAGES

The great filmmaker's portrait of his father remains the standard biography of the Impressionist master -- personable, informative and affectionate. With 12 color plates. (ART10, $18.95)

Two Towns in Provence

Two Towns in Provence


by M. F. K. Fisher

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking these two favorite places with anecdote and loving description. (FRN27, $18.95)

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--not just Paris--by a select group of 20th-century French writers from Colette to Simenon. (FRN767, $14.95)

It All Began in Monte Carlo

It All Began in Monte Carlo


by Elizabeth Adler

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Sunny Alvarez and Mac Reilly find romance, intrigue and stolen diamonds in the south of France in this sunny follow-up to Adler's There's Something About St. Tropez. (FRN905, $14.99)

The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece


by Emile Zola

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 428 PAGES

Zola's novel tells of the downfall of a painter in 19th-century Paris, based on his childhood friend Cezanne. This classic is evocative of the artistic life in turn-of-the-century France. It was also the novel that would end their friendship. (FRN227, $12.95)

The Unknown Masterpiece, And, Gambara

The Unknown Masterpiece, And, Gambara


by Honore de Balzac

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 135 PAGES

Balzac's story of a painter who struggles to be understood by his contemporaries has inspired artists of the stature of Cezanne, Picasso and Henry James. Published here alongside Gambara, a novella which elucidates a musician's descent into madness. (FRA15, $14.00)

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