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France: The Loire Valley

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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Eyewitness Guide Loire Valley

FRN43
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
264
1465427090
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Visually rich, comprehensive, and practical, this guidebook is an excellent introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Loire Valley. Highly recommended.
$25.00

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

FRN03
Ina Caro
Harvest Books
1996
339
0156003635
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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 wi
$17.95

Loire Valley Map 517

FRN302
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2014
1
2067135252
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the Loire region of France in the series published by Michelin series, at a scale of 1:200,000.
$11.95

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

FRN120
Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
272
1743214448
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

Eyewitness Guide Paris

FRN02
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
440
1465460454
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Gorgeous, well-illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights.
$19.99

Footprint Loire Valley

FRN897
Roger Moss
Footprint Handbooks
2010
288
190609893X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A detailed, comprehensive guide in the Footprint series. With practical information on accommodations, food, events and sights. Perfect for the independent traveler.
$21.95

The Food of France

FRN17
Waverly Root
Vintage Books
1992
450
0679738975
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
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).
$18.00

A Traveller's History of France

FRN08
Robert Cole
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
256
1566566061
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
$14.95

A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Portrait of an Age

EUR06
William Manchester
Little Brown and Company
1993
336
0316545562
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Organized into sections on the Renaissance, Reformation and Discovery, Manchester's popular history evokes in vivid detail the great figures and daily life of the 16th century, including Henry VIII, Magellan, Borgia, da Vinci and Martin Luther.
$16.00

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

EUR17
Johan Huizinga
University of Chicago Press
1997
467
0226359948
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well-translated classic of 1924 is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands.
$32.00

The Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire

FRN483
James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
Thames & Hudson
2001
208
0500510512
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture, and people, featuring 275 color photographs and accompanying lively essays by Francophile James Bentley.
$40.00

Art and Architecture in France, 1500-1700

FRN242
Richard Beresford, Anthony Blunt
Yale University Press
1999
304
0300077483
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A depiction of artistic endeavors which were born in 16th- and 17-century France.
$45.00

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France

FRN72
Kermit Lynch
Noonday Press
1990
271
0374522669
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.00

Bicycle Diaries

BCY14
David Byrne
Viking
2010
288
0143117963
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
As he makes it clear in this exhilarating chronicle of encounters around the world, David Byrne is hooked on bicycles -- not just to get around New York, but as the preferred form of transportation in places like Buenos Aires, Istanbul, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Manila, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
$18.00

Eleanor of Aquitaine, A Life

FRN287
Alison Weir
Ballantine Books
2001
464
0345434870
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Weir's enjoyable biography of the woman who was both queen of France (married to Louis VII) and queen of England (married to Henry II) shows Eleanor as an ambitious political and artistic powerbroker in an age when most women were seen but not heard.
$18.00

French Revolutions, Cycling the Tour De France

FRN387
Tim Moore
St. Martin's Press
2003
277
0312316127
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.99

Joan of Arc

FRN753
Mary Gordon
Penguin Putnam
2008
208
0143113976
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In elegant, insightful prose, novelist Gordon meditates on the courageous and complex young girl and the iconic status she has acquired.
$15.00

Chocolat

FRN484
Joanne Harris
Penguin Putnam
2000
306
0140282033
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This charming novel set in the Loire Valley pits provincial morals against pleasure. Adapted into a popular movie.
$16.00

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

FRN86
Hella Haasse
Academy Chicago
1991
594
089733356X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

For Kids

Cathedral, The Story of its Construction

EUR24
David MacAulay
Houghton Mifflin Company
1981
77
0395175135
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this illuminating book for middle readers, master draughtsman MacAulay presents text and innovative drawings that detail the planning and construction of a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. It's a masterpiece.
$11.99

The Family Under the Bridge

FRN313
Natalie Savage Carlson, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
HarperCollins
1989
123
0064402509
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This Newbery Medal winning book for children ages 9-12 is a charming, wonderfully human story recounting the Parisian adventures of the hobo Armand and the three homeless children who make him shed his grumpy ways.
$6.99

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

GBR245
E.L. Konigsburg
Aladdin Books
2001
208
068984624X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A marvelous fictionalized portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England successively, traveler to Constantinople, wife of a future saint, mother of Richard the Lionheart and for 15 years a prisoner of the English Crown. For young adults.
$7.99

The Little Prince

FRN361
Antoine de Saint Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator)
Harcourt Books
2000
83
0156012197
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Antoine de Saint-Exupery's modern fable, enshrined in the hearts of many. First published in 1943, it tells of a naif extraterrestrial who wanders from planet to planet, learning wisdom as he goes.
$11.99

The Scarlet Pimpernel

FRN363
Baroness Orczy
Modern Library
2000
320
0812966112
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Wildly popular since his debut in 1903, the man known as the Scarlet Pimpernel is a foppy English lord by day and a daring genius by night. Here's the rip-roaring classic, set during the French Revolution.
$9.95

Leonardo Da Vinci

ITL705
Kathleen Krull
Puffin
2008
124
067005920X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Beginning with a vivid description of superstition and squalor in the Middle Ages, Krull sets Da Vinci's extraordinary life in the context of his extraordinary time. A volume in the Giants of Science series, geared for grades 4-8.
$7.99

Joan of Arc

FRN812
Diane Stanley
HarperCollins
2002
48
0064437485
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
How did a simple, illiterate peasant girl rise to become a warrior and symbol for French national pride? In a well-researched and lovingly illustrated biography, Stanley explores the life of Joan of Arc for middle readers.
$8.99