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Living in Provence

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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
1
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 with large doses of well-presented history.
$17.95

A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France

FRN687
Georgeanne Brennan
Lightning Source
2007
209
0156033240
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
1
0
Marvelously frank about daily chores and the decidedly unglamorous business of raising goats and pigs, Brennan lards her earthy tale of the rural life with recipes, one per chapter.
$15.95

Insight Guide Provence

FRN781
Cathy Muscat (Editor)
Insight Guides
2014
336
1780052391
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This regional guide in the popular series, noteworthy for its color photographs and maps, includes a section of practical information and a pull-out color map.
$19.99

Provence Alps French Riviera Map 527

FRN22
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2016
2
2067209434
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful and detailed map of the region from Lyon to Marseille along the Rhone River, at a scale of 1:200,000.
$12.95

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

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

Four Queens, The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

FRN945
Nancy Goldstone
Penguin Putnam
2008
347
0143113259
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Transporting you back to the apogee of independent Provencal power in the Middle Ages, Goldstone captures the drama of 13th-century Europe in this history of the four daughters of the count of Provence -- future queens of France, England, Germany and Sicily.
$17.00

M.F.K. Fisher's Provence

FRA241
M. F. K. Fisher, Aileen Ah-tye (Photographer)
Counterpoint
2015
192
1619025949
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
With passages strongly evoking the sensual joys of Provence and splendid photographs interspersed, this book is a collaboration between the preeminent food writer and an inspired photographer. The two artists render the colloquial life, beauty and pleasures that kept Provence always near to their hearts.
$30.00

Provence and the Cote D'Azur

FRA200
Janelle McCulloch
Chronicle Books
2015
256
1452140510
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This informative 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.
$27.95

Provence A-Z

FRN619
Peter Mayle
Alfred Knopf
2008
304
1400095697
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A companion to all things Provencal, from bouillabaisse to lavender and vinaigre, by the British expatriate and Francophile Peter Mayle.
$15.95

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

FRN28
Michael Jacobs
W. W. Norton & Company
2012
299
0500289964
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.95

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

The Yellow House

FRN997
Martin Gayford
Mariner Books
2008
336
0618990585
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Gayford chronicles three turbulent months in the everyday lives of Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles, where the two artists worked side by side in 1888. With 60 black-and-white reproductions.
$15.95

Art of the Middle Ages

ART163
Janetta Rebold Benton
Thames & Hudson
2004
320
0500203504
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This informative, well-illustrated survey of the visual arts of the Middle Ages offers a lively explorations of the period's magnificent achievements in both art and architecture.
$18.95

Cezanne

FRN508
Mary Tompkins Lewis
Phaidon Press
2001
352
0714835153
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A well-illustrated introduction to Cezanne's life and works in the stimulating Art and Ideas series by Phaidon, featuring 193 color and 13 black and white illustrations.
$29.95

Cezanne and Provence, The Painter and His Culture

FRN554
Nina Maria Athanassoglou-Kallmyer
University of Chicago Press
2003
334
0226423085
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This thorough study of Cezanne's work takes as its jumping-off point his 1886 move from Paris to his native Aix-en-Provence. The author uses the history and culture of Provence to provide a fresh analysis of the landscape's influence on the painter's technique.
$65.00

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

NTH52
Vincent Van Gogh, Ronald De Leeuw (Editor), Arnold Pomerans (Translator)
Penguin
1998
560
0140446745
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
There are many versions of Van Gogh's letters, but this Penguin Classic edition is a very thorough selection of the artist's writing and highlights Van Gogh's love for both his art and his family.
$18.00

Dear Theo, The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh

NTH88
Irving Stone (Editor)
Plume
1995
480
0452275040
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This collection of letters from the troubled artist to his brother offers an illuminating gaze into Van Gogh’s passion for art while revealing his dramatic personal struggles.
$17.00

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

Provence, 1970

FRA61
Luke Barr
Clarkson Potter
2014
320
0307718352
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

Provence, From Minstrels to the Machine

FRN110
Ford Madox Ford
Paul and Company
2009
359
088001413X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Madox Ford probes the history, attractions and pleasures of the region in this spirited classic, with illustrations by his companion Biala, written during their time on the Mediterranean coast.
$28.95

Two Towns in Provence

FRN27
M. F. K. Fisher
Vintage Books
1983
208
0394716310
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
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.
$18.95

Death at the Chateau Bremont

FRN972
M.L. Longworth
Penguin Putnam
2011
311
0143119524
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family chateau, the town is abuzz with rumors. A lively whodunit steeped in the rich and romantic atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence.
$15.00

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

Joy of Man's Desiring

FRN193
Jean Giono
Counterpoint
2010
464
1582435650
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A 20th century master of letters, Giono's fiction invokes the folklore and traditions of his birthplace in southern France.
$15.95

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Eyewitness Guide France

FRN01
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
672
1465440178
PAPER
Guidebook
1
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

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

Eyewitness Guide Provence & the Cote D'Azur

FRN18
Roger Williams
DK Publishing
2016
272
1465437649
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.00

A Year in Provence

FRN19
Peter Mayle
Vintage Books
1991
207
0679731148
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

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

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

Patricia Wells at Home in Provence, Recipes Inspired by Her Farmhouse in France

FRN114
Patricia Wells
Scribner
1999
355
0684863286
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.00

Toujours Provence

FRN121
Peter Mayle
Vintage Books
1992
241
0679736042
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Encore Provence

FRN128
Peter Mayle
Vintage Books
2000
226
0679762698
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Peter Mayle returns to Provence in this personal, alluring follow-up to his bestselling A Year in Provence (FRN19, $13.00).
$14.95

Tender is the Night

FRN196
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Scribner (Introduction)
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1995
317
068480154X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Fitzgerald's tragic tale of wealthy expatriate lovers living on the French Riviera. Dick and Nicole Diver fill their home with friends, but cannot find happiness and slowly slip into psychological despair.
$16.00

Village in the Vaucluse

FRN225
Laurence Wylie
Harvard University Press
1986
390
0674939360
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
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.
$32.50

Lonely Planet France

FRN235
Steve Fallon
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
1000
1786573253
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
What have they been waiting for! The first two Lonely Planet all-color country guides are head-and-shoulders above their forebears: not just brighter but easier to use with real maps, crisp red icons for sections on sleeping, eating, shopping and activities, and well-deployed color throughout; proper and place names, for example, stand out from the text in teal. Naturally, they feature the usual Lonely Planet trademark attention to detail. With a bonus pullout map of Paris.
$27.99

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

FRN417
Richard Goodman
Algonguin
2002
203
1565123522
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.00

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

Provence, A Cultural History

FRN601
Martin Garrett
Oxford University Press
2006
256
019530957X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Through its architecture, literature and popular culture, Garrett analyzes and celebrates the identity of this beloved region.
$36.95

Talk to the Snail, Ten Commandments to Understanding the French

FRN643
Stephen Clarke
Bloomsbury USA
2006
258
1596913096
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Clarke's essays on France and the French, as witty as they are useful, combine a guide to cultural understanding with some perfectly rendered, entertaining and tongue-in-cheek notes on how to speak proper French.
$15.95

My Life

FRN672
Marc Chagall
Perseus
1994
173
0306805715
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A memoir of Chagall's early life and influences, with whimsical illustrations by the artist.
$16.95

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong

FRN755
Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow
2003
351
1402200455
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Two Canadian journalists tackle the contradictions and complexities of the French character, paying particular attention to the question of why the French resist globalization.
$21.99

The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes

FRN766
Tess Uriza Holthe
Crown
2008
288
0307351866
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The intricately woven plot of these bittersweet stories center on a wealthy American's suspicious death on the French Riviera.
$13.00

Luminous Debris, Reflecting on Vestige in Provence and Languedoc

FRN818
Gustaf Sobin
University of California Press
1999
247
0520222458
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A collection of contemplative essays on the deep history of Provence by the American-born poet, novelist and amateur archaeologist, who settled in the village of Guallt in the 1960s.
$31.95

The Fly-Truffler, A Novel

FRN820
Gustaf Sobin
W. W. Norton & Company
2001
155
0393321797
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Gustaf Sobin (1935-2005) sets his luminous love story in the orchards, forests and fields of his adopted Provence.
$12.00

Pardon My French, Unleash Your Inner Gaul

FRN865
Charles Timoney
Gotham Books
2009
240
1592404626
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A transplanted Englishman, Tomney reveals how to get by in French (and in France) through this wickedly funny A-to-Z of words and phrases.
$15.00

Speak the Culture France

FRN885
Andrew Whittaker (Editor)
Stylus
2008
295
1854184938
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This helpful guide with a sense of humor provides an overview of historic and contemporary French culture, including literature, performing arts, fashion, communications and, of course, food.
$24.95

Provence

FRN172
Lawrence Durrell
Skyhorse Publishing
2014
200
1611458668
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A love letter to Provence, strong on the Greek and Roman heritage of the region.
$14.95

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Provence

FRN172
Lawrence Durrell
Skyhorse Publishing
2014
200
1611458668
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A love letter to Provence, strong on the Greek and Roman heritage of the region.
$14.95