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Eyewitness Guide Loire Valley

Eyewitness Guide Loire Valley

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Visually rich, comprehensive, and practical, this guidebook is an excellent introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Loire Valley. Highly recommended. (FRN43, $25.00)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

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)

France Centre Map 518

France Centre Map 518

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A colorful map of central France, including the Loire valley, Tours, Orleans and Bourges, at a scale of 1:200,000. (FRN241, $11.95)

 
Bordeaux Map

Bordeaux Map


by IGN

  • MAP

This magnificently detailed city map includes a separate 68-page index. 1:13,000. (FRN295, $9.95)

Carpentras, Vaison-la-Romain map


by IGN

  • MAP

Topographic map of the region, at a scale of 1:25,000 (FRN593, $16.95)

Loire Valley Map 517

Loire Valley Map 517


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A map of the Loire region of France in the series published by Michelin series, at a scale of 1:200,000. (FRN302, $11.95)

Paris Map

Paris Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

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)

Cadogan Guide Loire


by Phillipe Barbour

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A personable guide in the relaunched series. (FRN910, $21.95)

Eyewitness Guide Paris

Eyewitness Guide Paris


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

Gorgeous, well-illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights. (FRN02, $25.00)

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)

Footprint Loire Valley


by Roger Moss

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A detailed, comprehensive guide in the Footprint series. With practical information on accommodations, food, events and sights. Perfect for the independent traveler. (FRN897, $21.95)

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)

The Finest Wines of Bordeaux, A Regional Guide to the Best Chateaux and Their Wines

The Finest Wines of Bordeaux, A Regional Guide to the Best Chateaux and Their Wines


by James Lawther

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Master of Wine Lawther gives readers inside knowledge of 90 chateaux of the Bordeaux region, covering the winemakers, properties, history and, of course, the wines. (FRN920, $39.95)

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)

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)

The Age of the Cathedrals, Art and Society 980-1420

The Age of the Cathedrals, Art and Society 980-1420


by Georges Duby

  • HISTORY
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

French scholar Duby, writing very accessibly, describes both the great cathedrals and the philosophical, religious, and political climate that enabled them to be built in this classic. (EUR01, $28.00)

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

The Autumn of the Middle Ages


by Johan Huizinga

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 467 PAGES

A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well translated classic is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands. (EUR17, $30.00)

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 Loire, A Cultural History


by Martin Garrett

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Garrett traces the course of the Loire, the longest river in France (Gustave Flaubert called the Loire "the most French of French rivers.") through literature, art and architecture. (FRN961, $16.95)

The Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire

The Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire


by James Bentley | Hugh Palmer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

An illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture, and people, featuring 275 color photographs and accompanying lively essays by Francophile James Bentley. (FRN483, $40.00)

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)

Wine and War, The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

Wine and War, The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure


by Donald Kladstrup

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This thrilling account of how the vintners of France saved their crops -- and their bottles -- as the Nazis approached, focuses on the activities of five winemaking families in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. (FRN874, $15.00)

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)

French Revolutions, Cycling the Tour De France

French Revolutions, Cycling the Tour De France


by Tim Moore

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

British humorist, travel writer -- and woefully inexperienced cyclist -- Moore attempts to tackle the Tour de France, all 2,256 miles of it, in this hilarious, irreverent travelogue. (FRN387, $15.99)

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)

Marie Antoinette, The Journey


by Antonia Fraser

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER

Fraser's authoritative, popular portrait of Marie Antoinette and the the court at Versailles. (FRN632, $17.95)

Paris to the Moon

Paris to the Moon


by Adam Gopnik

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile. (FRN208, $16.00)

Chocolat

Chocolat


by Joanne Harris

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

This charming novel set in the Loire Valley pits provincial morals against pleasure. Adapted into a popular movie. (FRN484, $16.00)

Deadly Slipper

Deadly Slipper


by Michelle Wan

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 301 PAGES

Wan crafts a suspenseful, elegant tale of food, romance and murder out of a search for a long-lost woman in the Dordogne. (FRN631, $15.95)

In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages

In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages


by Hella Haasse

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 594 PAGES

With a cast of thousands including Joan of Arc and the Dukes of Burgundy, this 1949 historical novel renders the political intrigue, people and texture of 15th-century Europe and of medieval court life during the Hundred Years War. (FRN86, $21.95)

Paris in Mind

Paris in Mind


by Jennifer Lee

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris. (FRN412, $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 has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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