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Provence and the Cote D'Azur

Provence and the Cote D'Azur

by Janelle McCulloch

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This erudite guide to the hidden gems of Provence and the shores of the Cote d'Azur highlights the most chic, quaint and exceptional markets, shops, cafes, art galleries and restaurants alongside vibrant color photographs. (FRA200, $27.95)

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
  • BEST SELLER

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)

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)

 
Avignon Map

Avignon Map


by IGN

  • MAP

A French-produced city map of Avignon. (FRN293, $9.95)

A Literary Guide to Provence

A Literary Guide to Provence


by Daniel Vitaglione

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

Follow in the footsteps of generations of authors who found inspiration in Provence's beauty. With maps, 50 color and black and white photos and short literary excerpts, organized geographically. (FRN395, $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 Lavender Lover's Handbook

The Lavender Lover's Handbook


by Sarah Berringer Bader

  • REFERENCE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

An accessible guide to understanding and cultivating 100 of the most stunning varieties of lavender available today. Lavender grower Sarah Bader provides a complete checklist of the color, fragrance, size and foliage of each plant, in addition to basic pruning, spacing and planting requirements. With tips on how to harvest, cook and craft with the beloved herb. (NAT307, $27.95)

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)

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)

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 Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence


by Michael Jacobs

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 299 PAGES

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

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)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

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)

French Dirt, The Story of a Garden in the South of France

French Dirt, The Story of a Garden in the South of France


by Richard Goodman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 203 PAGES

Another story of a foreigner transplanted to the south of France. This captivating tale, set near Avignon, is noteworthy for Goodman's willingness to work, passion for horticulture and frank portrait of his neighbors. (FRN417, $13.00)

Provence

Provence


by Lawrence Durrell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

A love letter to Provence, strong on the Greek and Roman heritage of the region. (FRN172, $14.95)

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 presented here by her great-nephew. (FRA61, $15.00)

Toujours Provence

Toujours Provence


by Peter Mayle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

The sequel to the best-selling memoir "A Year in Provence," this is another touching look at country life in southern France. Describing the setting and people with detail and warmth, Mayle creates an evocative portrait of Provence, rife with amusing personal anecdotes. (FRN121, $14.95)

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)

Village in the Vaucluse

Village in the Vaucluse


by Laurence Wylie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 390 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A loving portrait of rural Provence and its inhabitants by a sociologist who lived in Roussillon just after WWII. It was a different world then, a traditional village with two telephones and a single cafe. (FRN225, $30.00)

Lisette's List

Lisette's List


by Susan Vreeland

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A complex, graceful historical novel set in Vichy France. Forced to live in the south of France, young art-lover Lisette Roux must keep her passion and hope alive through the paintings of Cezanne, Pisarro, Chagall and Picasso. (FRA155, $16.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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