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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

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)

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)

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)

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 and Camargue Map

Provence and Camargue Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed local map in Michelin's ZOOM series, featuring a place name index and insets of local cities and towns. Scale 1:160,000. (FRN966, $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)

Eyewitness Top Ten Paris

Eyewitness Top Ten Paris


by Mike Gerrard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (FRA48, $14.00)

Insight Guide Provence

Insight Guide Provence


by Cathy Muscat

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A handy guide in the popular series, this Insight regional guide, noteworthy for its color photographs and maps, includes a section of practical information and a pull-out color map. (FRN781, $19.99)

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)

Paris, The Collected Traveler

Paris, The Collected Traveler


by Barrie Kerper

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 614 PAGES

Barrie Kerper's mad bibliophile's guide to the sites, history, food and culture of Paris collects an astonishing range of excerpts, essays and writing on the City of Light, each annotated and with accompanying practical information. (FRN397, $19.00)

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)

Traveller's Wine Guide to France

Traveller's Wine Guide to France


by Christopher Fielden

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A slim but very informative, lavishly illustrated vineyard-by-vineyard guide to the wines and wine-producing regions of France. (FRN13, $22.00)

Hungry For Paris, The Ultimate Guide to the City's 109 Best Restaurants

Hungry For Paris, The Ultimate Guide to the City's 109 Best Restaurants


by Alexander Lobrano

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

An American in Paris since 1986, European correspondent for Gourmet and editor of Zagat's Paris, Lobrano brings a journalist's savvy and a food lover's insight to this enchanting guide of over 100 places to eat, enlivened by color photographs and charming essays on French food and dining. (FRN985, $18.00)

Lunch in Provence

Lunch in Provence


by Rachael Mckenna

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 242 PAGES

A richly evocative blend of photographs, recipes, and literary and historical citations, this lovely book features 35 Mediterranean lunchtime recipes from Michelin three-star chef Jean-Andre Charial. (FRA28, $39.95)

Patricia Wells at Home in Provence, Recipes Inspired by Her Farmhouse in France

Patricia Wells at Home in Provence, Recipes Inspired by Her Farmhouse in France


by Patricia Wells

  • FOOD
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 355 PAGES

Award-winning cookbook writer and critic Patricia Wells takes her knowledge of French cuisine to the home kitchen in this collection, larded with tales of friends, feasts and food. (FRN114, $24.00)

Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living

Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living


by Viktorija Todorovska | Francois Millo

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 159 PAGES

This beautifully-produced recipe book of simple, healthy and easy-to-prepare dishes from the Provence region of southern France includes regional descriptions and a beginner's guide to wine country. (FRA107, $19.95)

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)

A Traveller's History of Paris

A Traveller's History of Paris


by Robert Coles

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its founding, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times. (FRN426, $14.95)

How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City

How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City


by Joan Dejean

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

A vibrant chronicle of how Parisian rulers transformed the city into a cosmopolitan metropolis. (FRA108, $30.00)

Parisians, An Adventure History of Paris

Parisians, An Adventure History of Paris


by Graham Robb

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Beginning at the dawn of the French Revolution and continuing, in its own charming, haphazard way to the present, Robb's paean to the City of Light (he's clearly in love) takes in the history of Paris through the stories of Marie Antoinette, Sartre and Simon Beauvoir, Napoleon, Zola, Proust and others, renowned and heretofore unknown. (FRN888, $18.95)

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)

Provence, A Cultural History

Provence, A Cultural History


by Martin Garrett

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Through its architecture, literature and popular culture, Garrett analyzes and celebrates the identity of this beloved region. (FRN601, $36.95)

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)

Art of the Middle Ages

Art of the Middle Ages


by Janetta Rebold Benton

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This informative, well-illustrated survey of the visual arts of the Middle Ages offers a lively explorations of the period's magnificent achievements in both art and architecture. (ART163, $18.95)

Matisse and Picasso


by Yve-Alain Bois

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This book charts the competitive relationship between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. (ART17, $36.00)

A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France

A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France


by Georgeanne Brennan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 209 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Marvelously frank about daily chores and the decidedly unglamorous business of raising goats and pigs, Brennan lards her earthy tale of the rural life with recipes, one per chapter. (FRN687, $15.95)

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)

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)

On Provence

On Provence


by Henry James

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 140 PAGES

The American literary giant Henry James captures the provincial spirit of France in this collection of magazine entries, originally published in 1884. (FRA110, $14.95)

Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light

Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light


by David Downie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

Downie's irreverent ode to his adopted home takes the form of 31 short sketches on the history, people and places of Paris. (FRN522, $15.00)

Provence, 1970

Provence, 1970


by Luke Barr

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A unique moment in 1970 brought culinary luminaries James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck and Judith Jones together in Provence. Discussions ranging from the development of taste to the future of food, recorded in the journals and letters of M.F.K. Fisher, are transposed here by her great-nephew. (FRA61, $15.00)

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)

Murder in the Marais

Murder in the Marais


by Cara Black

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

Literate and thrilling, with a strong sense of the geography and flavor of Paris, the first in a series of mysteries starring Aimee Ledoc shows off the French-American detective's wit and wile. The series continues with Murder in Belleville (FRN562), Murder in the Sentier (FRN563) and many more. (FRN561, $14.00)

The Fly-Truffler, A Novel

The Fly-Truffler, A Novel


by Gustaf Sobin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 155 PAGES

Gustaf Sobin (1935-2005) sets his luminous love story in the orchards, forests and fields of his adopted Provence. (FRN820, $12.00)

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