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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 French Riviera, A Cultural History

The French Riviera, A Cultural History

by Julian Hale

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

From Roman outpost to Napoleonic battleground and playground for the rich and famous, this marvelously informed cultural guide covers the place of the Riviera in history, literature, art, architecture and the imagination. (FRN853, $20.25)

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)

Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night

by F. Scott Fitzgerald | Charles Scribner

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Fitzgerald's tragic tale of wealthy expatriate lovers living on the French Riviera. Dick and Nicole Diver fill their home with friends, but cannot find happiness and slowly slip into psychological despair. (FRN196, $16.00)

Eyewitness Guide Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Eyewitness Guide Provence & the Cote D'Azur

by Roger Williams

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This is an illustrated, colorful guide to the art and architecture, literature, history and attractions of Provence. With photographs and site plans, maps and sections on the Riviera, the Var, Bouches-du-Rhone, Vaucluse and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. (FRN18, $23.00)

Provence Alps French Riviera Map 527

Provence Alps French Riviera Map 527

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2008
  • MAP

A colorful and detailed map of the region from Lyon to Marseille along the Rhone River, at a scale of 1:200,000. (FRN22, $12.95)

 
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)

Pardon My French, Unleash Your Inner Gaul

Pardon My French, Unleash Your Inner Gaul


by Charles Timoney

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A transplanted Englishman, Tomney reveals how to get by in French (and in France) through this wickedly funny A-to-Z of words and phrases. (FRN865, $15.00)

Wallpaper City Guide Cannes/Nice

Wallpaper City Guide Cannes/Nice


by Wallpaper City Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A chic, slim guidebook in the popular series, compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. (FRN993, $9.95)

Corkscrewed, Adventures in the New French Wine Country

Corkscrewed, Adventures in the New French Wine Country


by Robert V. Camuto

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

An American journalist living in the south of France, Camuto travels far afield from Bordeaux visiting new winemakers from the Alsace to Mayonnaise, Corsica and Burgundy for this celebration of the culture and diversity of French wine. (FRN938, $15.95)

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)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence


by Michael Jacobs

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 299 PAGES

With an excellent introduction on the history, culture, landscapes and the pleasures of Southern France, this illustrated guide features 34 towns and villages across Provence from the Vacluse to Bonnieux and Gordes, tranquil Alpine villages and southern vineyards. (FRN28, $26.95)

Film Art, An Introduction

Film Art, An Introduction


by David Bordwell | Kristin Thompson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 526 PAGES

A thorough, opinionated guide to studying film, often assigned for film courses in the United States. History, theory and production all come into play here, but they keep the text accessible and free of scholarly indulgence. (FLM02, $147.25)

Film Theory and Criticism, Introductory Readings

Film Theory and Criticism, Introductory Readings


by Leo Braudy | Marshall Cohen

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 905 PAGES

This anthology of essays is an excellent primer for film students. (FLM10, $89.95)

French Essence

French Essence


by Vicki Archer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 239 PAGES

A photographic tour of the architecture, gardens, decor and culture of Provence by an Australian woman who restored an olive farm near Saint-Remy. (FRN946, $45.00)

Understanding Movies

Understanding Movies


by Louis D. Gianetti

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Updated in a new 12th edition, this book is organized around the elements of film and provides readers valuable insight into how movies communicate and convey meaning to their audiences. (FLM01, $130.20)

The Olive Farm

The Olive Farm


by Carol Drinkwater

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

The British actress relates with humor and zeal how she and her husband Michel transformed an abandoned olive grove into a thriving, productive farm, bringing not only new peace and meaning into their lives but also giving them a taste of bureaucracy and whole new set of querulous French friends and neighbors. (FRN925, $16.00)

Death at the Chateau Bremont

Death at the Chateau Bremont


by M.L. Longworth

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 311 PAGES

When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family chateau, the town is abuzz with rumors. A lively whodunit steeped in the rich and romantic atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence. (FRN972, $15.00)

The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes

The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes


by Tess Uriza Holthe

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

The intricately woven plot of these bittersweet stories center on a wealthy American's suspicious death on the French Riviera. (FRN766, $13.00)

The Sibyl in Her Grave

The Sibyl in Her Grave


by Sarah Caudwell

  • MYSTERY
  • 2001
  • PAPER

A delightful comedy of manners starring Oxford professor and amateur sleuth Hilary Tamar, the last in a series of four. In this installment, the story veers from Britain to Cannes, where the action (as usual) involves taxes and lawyers. (FRN539, $7.99)

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