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France

France

Whether you’re going north to Normandy, south to Provence or simply enjoying the flaneur lifestyle in Paris, we’ve got the best books to read before, during and after your trip to France. We recommend Adam Gopnik’s books on culture, M.F.K France’s books on food while offering plenty of French history too. And for travelers looking to settle into a Parisian café, there’s no better choice than Hemingway’s transporting reminiscences in A Moveable Feast.

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – France
The Alps
ALP51In his entertaining new history, Stephen O'Shea drives 500 miles through the Alps, crossing six countries while musing on the historic personalities who braved the forbidding range, including Napoleon, Hitler and James Bond. His account, The Alps, begins with the idea of the sublime and the Romantics who championed it--artists and writers whose works evoked the beauty and terror of the Alps. O’Shea himself admits to a fear of heights and carefully chronicles each hairpin turn as he snakes his way from Geneva to Trieste through dizzying high passes in his shiny muscle car.
La Turbie, France
ALP52Kindly contributed by Jonathan Arlan, author of the new book Mountain Lines, in which he narrates an inspirational trek through the French Alps that he undertook in 2015. Arlan overcomes apprehension, nerves, poor physical condition and days of bad weather as he slowly conquers the Grand Traverse route from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. Along the way, the author meets friendly, decent people and experiences both true exhaustion and true exhilaration.
Top Ten Fall Travel Titles
BCY45Autumn is the season for armchair travelers. As the weather cools, the imagination sharpens, ready to transport us to distant lands. We've selected ten travel titles that we're looking forward to curling up with this fall as we dream up new destinations.   Epic Bike Rides of the World. The discerning editors at Lonely Planet organize 200 top places to pedal in this beautifully illustrated coffee table book. From family friendly rides in Buenos Aires to downhill trails near the Arctic Circle, to France, Spain, Mongolia, Italy and beyond, it's sure to contain a spark the interest of any cycling enthusiast.