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Traditions of Southwestern France: Sojourn in the Dordogne

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The Cave Painters

The Cave Painters

by Gregory Curtis

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

In this tale of art, paleontology and discovery, Curtis introduces the masterworks of cave art in France and Spain, visiting Altamira, Lascaux, Les Trois-Freres, Cosquer, Chauvet and others. (FRN620, $16.95)

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, $17.95)

Eyewitness Guide Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast

Eyewitness Guide Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This outstanding guide to exploring Southwest France features hundreds of color illustrations, local and regional maps and site diagrams. (FRN580, $25.00)

Dordogne Map D24

Dordogne Map D24

by IGN

  • 2013
  • MAP

Centered on Perigueux, this French-made map covers the Dordogne at a scale of 1:200,000. (FRN60, $9.95)

 
Cave Art, A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe

Cave Art, A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe


by Paul Bahn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An authoritative, illustrated guide to exploring 50 caves in England, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, as well as relevant museums and centers. (EUR282, $24.95)

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook


by Marie-Helene Girard | Anny Monet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (FRN120, $9.99)

The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World

The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World


by D.Q. Adams | J. P. Mallory

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 731 PAGES

Taking readers back 10,000 years, two linguists at Queen's University Belfast discuss the world's largest language "family," what we know about the speakers and what scholars have reconstructed of the ancient tongue. (EUR506, $65.00)

Families of the Vine, Seasons Among the Winemakers of Southwest France

Families of the Vine, Seasons Among the Winemakers of Southwest France


by Michael S. Sanders

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

A delightful, informative portrait of a venerable winemaking family in southwest France -- and the stylish, savory wines of Clos Triguedina -- by an American chef who lived in the region. (FRN479, $15.99)

French Provincial Cooking

French Provincial Cooking


by Elizabeth David | Julia Child

  • FOOD
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 524 PAGES

More than just a cookbook, in this influential classic, David includes a long introduction on the origins of food traditions in France, and asides on history, food traditions, literature and the pleasures of rural France. (FRN174, $18.00)

The Essential Guide to Bordeaux Wines

The Essential Guide to Bordeaux Wines


by Bordeaux Wine School

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

Equal parts handbook and illustrated history, this guide to the Bordeaux wine region of France offers keys to fully appreciating the world's most famous vineyards, with lush photographs, drawings, maps, charts and diagrams plus recommended food pairings and much more. (FRA228, $24.95)

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)

Society in Prehistory: The Origins of Human Culture

Society in Prehistory: The Origins of Human Culture


by Tim Megarry

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 412 PAGES

Introducing biological and sociological research on prehistoric humans, this scholarly text connects humans' cultural foundations with modern-day social science. (GEO74, $55.00)

The Discovery of France

The Discovery of France


by Graham Robb

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Winner of the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, Robb's erudite portrait, the result of time both in the library and on his bicycle, marvelously illuminates the rural byways, history and charting of France. (FRN770, $17.95)

The Rise of the West, A History of the Human Community With a Retrospective Essay

The Rise of the West, A History of the Human Community With a Retrospective Essay


by William H. McNeill

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 860 PAGES

Winner of the 1964 National Book Award for history, this ambitious chronicle narrates world history from the beginnings of agriculture to the mid-20th century. Instead of treating civilizations as independent and autonomous groups, McNeill argues that world societies have always been shaped by interaction. (EUR505, $32.50)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams


by Werner Herzog

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • DVD

Herzog was granted unprecedented access to Chauvet, home to cave paintings believed to be the oldest human artwork ever found, for this contemplative documentary. (FRN994, $27.98)

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)

From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and its Restaurant

From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and its Restaurant


by Michael S. Sanders

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

Sanders captures the routines and traditions of life in a small village in this warmly observed account of a year in the kitchen of La Recreation in Les Argues (Cahors). (FRN478, $13.99)

Black Diamond

Black Diamond


by Martin Walker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

In this third book in the series, Walker interweaves the food and traditions of southwest France with a perfectly paced plot starring beloved police chief Bruno. Beware, this book will have you planning your next trip to France. (FRN967, $15.95)

Death in the Truffle Wood

Death in the Truffle Wood


by Pierre Magnan

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A deft mystery, combining humor, an atmospheric setting in rural Provence and murder. Magnan evokes the folkways and traditions of Banon, a heretofore quiet village devoted to truffles. (FRN671, $17.99)

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)

The Crowded Grave

The Crowded Grave


by Martin Walker

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

Martin Walker deliciously introduces the archaeology of the Perigord, local controversies over foie gras and an international summit (not to mention a new love interest for Bruno, Chief of Police of idyllic St. Denis) in this savory fourth book in the "Mystery in the French Countryside" series. For more on the Dordogne and, of course, the books, see the excellent brunochiefofpolice.com. (FRA19, $14.95)

The Dark Vineyard

The Dark Vineyard


by Martin Walker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

As in Walker's delightful debut, Bruno, Chief of Police (FRN811), this second novel is packed with food, wine and the glories of the French countryside. (FRN890, $14.95)

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