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Cruising the Seine plus Versailles, Paris and London

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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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 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)

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

by Mary Gordon

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

In elegant, insightful prose, novelist Gordon meditates on the courageous and complex young girl and the iconic status she has acquired. (FRN753, $15.00)

Monet, the Ultimate Impressionist

Monet, the Ultimate Impressionist

by Sylvie Patin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

A colorful pocket-size reference to Monet's life, paintings and contemporaries, perfect for those visiting Giverny. (FRN35, $14.95)

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)

Eyewitness Guide London

Eyewitness Guide London

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (GBR34, $25.00)

Normandy Map 513

Normandy Map 513

by Michelin

  • MAP

A colorful, detailed map of Normandy at a scale of 1:200,000, featuring Rouen, Le Havre and the route of the Seine from west of Paris to the Atlantic. (FRN49, $11.95)

 
London Map

London Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

A colorful and detailed laminated city map with a variety of useful inset maps. (GBR114, $9.95)

Paris Map

Paris Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000. (FRN400, $8.95)

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)

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide


by Ines de la Fressange

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

Icon of chic and quintessential Parisienne, Ines de la Fressange includes her favorite offbeat museums, shops, salons and spas, restaurants, cafes and hotels in this charming guide, jammed with photographs, drawings and hand-written lists. (FRN984, $29.95)

Pocket Rough Guide Paris

Pocket Rough Guide Paris


by Ruth Blackmore

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

By the savvy editors at Rough Guide, these just-right guides are bundled with a pullout map. (FRN956, $12.99)

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)

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)

Eiffel's Tower

Eiffel's Tower


by Jill Jonnes

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 354 PAGES

Jones captures the thrill of the modern in this sprightly tale of the tower, the 1889 World's Fair that inspired it -- and the cast of characters who gathered in Paris for the occasion, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the artists Gauguin, Van Gogh and Whistler. (FRN987, $17.00)

London, A History

London, A History


by A.N. Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A brief, evocative meditation on the rich and varied history of England's capital city by the prolific British writer, critic and historian. Wilson examines London through several lenses, using humor and insight to discuss art, architecture, politics and culture. (GBR480, $14.00)

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 Sun King

The Sun King


by Nancy Mitford

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

An opulent, celebrated biography of Louis XIV. Gracefully written in a witty, conversational style, Mitford's book brings Versailles to vibrant life. (FRN33, $16.95)

Monet's Garden in Giverny, Inventing the Landscape

Monet's Garden in Giverny, Inventing the Landscape


by Marina Ferretti Bocquillon

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Published in conjunction with the new Musee des Impressionnismes in Giverny, this luminous collection captures Monet's beloved works and the landscapes that inspired them. (FRN829, $40.00)

The Impressionists at Leisure

The Impressionists at Leisure


by Pamela Todd

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER

An illustrated, authoritative social history of the French impressionists -- with biographies, 175 photographs and information on homes and gardens open to the public. (FRN903, $40.00)

The Judgment of Paris, The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

The Judgment of Paris, The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism


by Ross King

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

King's lovingly researched and lucid cultural history of French art and society in the 1860s places the Impressionists at the center of a revolution in philosophy and taste. (FRN575, $19.00)

Paris to the Past, Traveling Through French History by Train

Paris to the Past, Traveling Through French History by Train


by Ina Caro

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

The infectiously enthusiastic Ina Caro charts 25 day trips from Paris in this marvelously conceived history and guide. From the splendor of Chartres, wonders of Sainte-Chapelle and elegant Place de la Concorde, Caro enchants. (FRN953, $17.95)

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

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

Capital

Capital


by John Lanchester

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 537 PAGES

Lanchester (Fragrant Harbor, Debt to Pleasure) sets this latest novel on a single street in London in 2008, at the height of the financial meltdown, interweaving the tales of longtime residents, recent immigrants and the newly rich. (GRB75, $15.95)

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)

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