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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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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

Paris to the Pyrenees

FRA41
David Downie
W. W. Norton & Company
2014
372
1605985562
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
David Downie's spirited book is haunted by the Gallo-Roman forebears of modern France. On ancient trails through the forests of the rugged Morvan, they continued across the celebrated wine country of Burgundy and the centuries-old Via Podiensis on the Way of Saint James.
$16.95

The Secret Life of the Seine

FRN48
Mort Rosenblum
Da Capo Press
2001
290
0306810743
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river.
$17.50

Eyewitness Guide France

FRN01
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
672
1465440178
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide to all of France features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
$30.00

France Map

FRN07
Michelin
Michelin Travel Publications
2014
1
2067123157
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful, accurate and up-to-date map of France at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
$12.95

The Roman Provence Guide

FRA05
Edwin Mullins
Interlink Publishing Group
2012
224
156656896X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Mullin's succinct history and guide to the many monuments, arches and other antiquities of Provincia Nostra, the first Roman territory outside Italy, covers the must-see archaeological sites of Provence and neighboring Languedoc in detail.
$20.00

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

D-Day June 6, 1944

FRN40
Stephen Ambrose
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1995
655
068480137X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Written by the best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose, this well-researched narrative draws together interviews and government documents to tell the gripping tale of D-Day.
$19.99

Monet at Giverny

FRA250
Eric Sander (Photographer), Adrien Goet
National Book Network
2015
96
2353402178
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Illustrated with photographs from all seasons, this profile of Monet’s home in Normandy takes readers into the artist's life and sanctuary. Adrien Goet explains how the home and gardens were designed, where Monet spent his time and much more.
$15.00

The Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy

FRN647
Hugh Palmer
Thames & Hudson
2002
208
0500510725
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An oversized, full color photographic celebration of the villages, churches, chateaux, harbors, and coastlines of Normandy.
$40.00

The Popes of Avignon, A Century in Exile

FRN806
Edwin Mullins
Perseus
2011
256
1933346329
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

A Moveable Feast

FRN26
Ernest Hemingway
Touchstone
1996
211
068482499X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness.
$16.00

Einstein, His Life and Universe

SCI318
Walter Isaacson
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2008
675
0743264746
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
From Isaacson, the bestselling author of Benjamin Franklin, comes the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all his papers have become available -- a fully realized portrait of a premier icon of his era.
$19.99

My Life in France

FRN596
Julia Child
Doubleday
2007
317
0307277690
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Child's characteristically ebullient record of Paris and Provence, her many friends, family and memorable meals, in the years after WWII, turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci (as husband Paul).
$16.00

Paris to the Moon

FRN208
Adam Gopnik
Random House
2001
338
0375758232
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.
$18.00

Claude & Camille, A Novel of Monet

FRN891
Stephanie Cowell
Crown
2011
338
0307463222
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
You can practically smell the paint in Stephanie Cowell's lyrical novel -- peopled by not just Claude Monet and the love of his life, Camille, but also by his best friend Bazille, Renoir, Pissaro and Manet.
$15.00

France, A Traveler's Literary Companion

FRN767
William Rodarmor (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2008
256
1883513189
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This collection contains literary gems from all corners of France by a select group of 20th-century French writers from Colette to Simenon.
$14.95

A Good Year

FRA212
Ridley Scott (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
2014
6310842870
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Based on the novel by Peter Mayle (FRN618), this lighthearted romantic comedy follows a British investment banker (Russell Crowe) to Provence, where he inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard and falls in love with a local woman.
$9.98

Amelie

FRA162
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Baker & Taylor Video
2013
6314204151
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
A gem of a film, set in Paris. Amelie, a young French waitress, was taught by her father that she suffered from a heart defect and could never live life to the fullest. Upon learning that she is healthy, Amelie warms up to life by anonymously helping acquaintances and playing tricks on evil-doers.
$9.98

La Vie En Rose

FRA167
Olivier Dahan
Baker & Taylor Video
2010
6311589753
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
A dramatic film about the life of French singer Edith Piaf. Highly praised, it won Frenchwoman Marion Cotillard the Oscar for Best Actress. Filmed in Paris. Originally released in 2007. PG-13.
$14.97

Madame Bovary

FRA215
Tim Fywell
Baker & Taylor Video
2012
0780697979
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Produced by the BBC in 2000, this made-for-TV movie stars France O’Connor (Mansfield Park) and is set near Rouen, Normandy. Based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary is a complicated drama in which a woman married to a boring country doctor seeks passion and celebrity.
$29.98

Saving Private Ryan

WAR198
Steven Spielberg (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
1998
0783233531
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
The classic, graphic film of a WWII squad's search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion.
$14.99

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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

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

FRN32
A.J. Liebling
North Point Press
2004
182
086547236X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
Liebling captures with stylish prose his coming-of-age in Paris in this elegant memoir, which is also a tribute to French cuisine.
$15.00

Long Ago in France, The Years in Dijon

FRN21
M.F.K. Fisher
Touchstone
1992
159
0671755145
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A memoir of Fisher's years in France in the late '20s and early '30s, a time of exuberant discoveries of the glories of French food and French culture.
$13.95

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

FRN41
Fodor's
Fodor's
2016
176
0147546273
PAPER
Guidebook
5/13/2014
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.99

The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy

FRN80
James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
Thames & Hudson
1998
224
0500018626
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Divided geographically, this handsome book is an illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture and people. With maps, a travel guide and 260 photographs.
$40.00

My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle

FRN178
Marcel Pagnol
North Point Press
1986
341
0865472572
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Best known as a filmmaker, Pagnol evokes his childhood in Provence and Marseilles 50 years ago. These memoirs sparkle with delight in the people, landscapes and daily life of southern France.
$28.00

Madame Bovary

FRN301
Lydia Davis (Translator), Gustave Flaubert
Penguin
2002
342
0140449124
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The landmark novel of a woman who suffers from her humdrum life in a provincial village outside Rouen, France. Shocking for its realist style, the novel brought Flaubert to court on charges of obscenity. Now the novel is considered a masterpiece.
$17.00

The Longest Day: June 6, 1944

FRN382
Cornelius Ryan
Touchstone
1994
350
0671890913
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Long the standard history of the Allied invasion of Normandy, Ryan's visceral account of men at war is skillfully written and accurate. First published in 1959.
$17.00

Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light

FRN522
David Downie
Broadway Books
2011
303
0976925109
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Downie's irreverent ode to his adopted home takes the form of 31 short sketches on the history, people and places of Paris.
$15.00

Quiet Corners of Paris

FRN712
Jean-Christophe Napias, David Downie
Little Bookroom
2007
176
1892145502
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Discover eighty tranquil spots in Paris -- from courtyards and gardens to historic houses and hilltops -- this charming, intimate guide.
$14.95

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

The Longest Day

FRN864
Darryl F. Zanuck
Baker & Taylor Video
1998
6315420508
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Zanuck's epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right -- and was filmed, in part, at Port En Bessin. Blu-ray version.
$24.99

Children of Paradise

FRA132
Marcel Carne (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
1945
6314790441
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafes.
$29.95

Midnight in Paris

FRA152
Woody Allen
Baker & Taylor Video
2013
6314520320
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Written and directed by Woody Allen, this romantic comedy follows a nostalgic young screenwriter (Owen Wilson) on a trip to Paris with his fiance's family. Each night at midnight he is mysteriously transported into the arts scene of 1920s Paris, where he encounters his literary idols of the past and reconciles himself with the present.
$14.99

A Very Long Engagement

FRA168
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Baker & Taylor Video
2006
0790795590
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
A young woman searches for her fiance who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks while portraying the horrors of war. Originally released in 2004. 133 minutes.
$19.97

A Passion for Paris

FRA190
David Downie
St. Martin's Press
2015
320
1250043158
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Asking why the City of Light is also the city of love, Downie embarks on a secular pilgrimage to the most romantic sites in Paris -- alluring parks, atmospheric cafes and inspiring vistas -- drawing on literary lights Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire and other great Romantics to aid him in his quixotic quest.
$26.99

Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring

FRA213
Marcel Pagnol, Claude Berri (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
1987
6315774105
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Set in rural Provence, these films adapt the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol (FRN983) about an idealistic country transplant who loses his farm at the hands of conniving neighbors and his daughter’s revenge ten years later. On Blu-Ray.
$24.95

Ratatouille

FRA219
Patton Oswalt
Baker & Taylor Video
2013
0788875477
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A rat from the French countryside dreams of becoming a renowned chef in this charming Disney Pixar movie -- fun for the whole family!
$19.99

The Return Of The Pink Panther

FRA218
Peter Sellers
Baker & Taylor Video
2006
0783263805
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Inspector Clouseau is once again chasing the Phantom believing he has stolen the Pink Panther diamond.
$14.98