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Normandy, Brittany, Paris and 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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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

A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

FRN330
Carl Shilleto, Mike Tolhurst
Interlink Publishing Group
2004
192
1566565553
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to Normandy's WWII battlefields, memorials, sites and cemeteries.
$14.95

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

Normandy Map 513

FRN49
Michelin
Michelin Travel Publications
2016
2
2067209655
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful, detailed map of Normandy at a scale of 1:200,000, featuring Rouen, Le Havre and the route of the Seine from west of Paris to the Atlantic.
$12.95

Paris Map

FRN400
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2015
2
3866092040
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.95

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

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

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

1066, The Year of the Conquest

GBR115
David Howarth
Penguin Putnam
1981
207
0140058508
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A crack medievalist and storyteller, Howarth brings to life the momentous events of 1066 in rich, anecdotal history -- a classic portrait of the Norman invasion and conquest of England.
$15.00

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

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

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

FRN44
Henry Brooks Adams
Penguin
1986
398
0140390545
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
First published at the turn of the century, this classic work is a meditation on the medieval world as reflected through its most famous religious structures.
$18.00

The D-Day Atlas, Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign

FRA49
Charles Messenger
W. W. Norton & Company
2014
176
0500291195
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
At the heart of this fascinating re-creation of the D-Day campaign are 71 color maps, many drawn from the actual maps used by the Allies in 1944. Specially commissioned reconstruction drawings and 82 contemporary photographs help bring the beaches of Normandy to life.
$24.95

The D-Day Story

FRA84
Martin W. Bowman
Trafalgar Square
2014
128
0752491423
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This pocket-sized, well-illustrated introduction to the battles of D-Day chronicles the five beaches where more than 160,000 troops went ashore: Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha.
$16.95

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 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

The Sun King

FRN33
Nancy Mitford
NYRB
2012
255
1590174917
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An opulent, celebrated biography of Louis XIV. Gracefully written in a witty, conversational style, Mitford's book brings Versailles to vibrant life.
$15.95

A Day at Versailles, An Intimate Portrait

FRA93
Francis Hammond (Photographer), Yves Carlier
Random House
2014
224
2080301438
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Today a tourist attraction, the Chateau de Versailles was originally the center of royal power, a lavish palace constructed by Louis XIV prior to the French Revolution. This illustrated book celebrates the hidden wonders of the palace and grounds, including Marie Antoinette’s dairy farm and the Petit Trianon.
$34.95

Monet's Garden in Giverny, Inventing the Landscape

FRN829
Marina Ferretti Bocquillon
Harry N. Abrams
2009
144
8874395264
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Published in conjunction with the new Musee des Impressionnismes in Giverny, this luminous collection captures Monet's beloved works and the landscapes that inspired them.
$40.00

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

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

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

The Oysters of Locmariaquer

FRN152
Eleanor Clark
HarperCollins Publishers
2006
203
0060887427
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Winner of the 1965 National Book Award, this paper edition of Clark's pleasurable portrait of the hardy oystermen and byways of coastal Brittany is introduced by Mark Kurlansky.
$13.99

A Time to Keep Silence

WLD121
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2007
96
1590172442
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This entrancing chronicle of sojourns in the monasteries of Solesmes, Wandrille and La Grande Trappe in Normandy in the 1940s concludes with a visit to Cappadocia's rock chapels, hewn of stone and long abandoned.
$12.95

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

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

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

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The Most Beautiful Villages of Brittany

FRN166
Hugh Palmer (Photographer), James Bentley
Thames & Hudson
1999
208
0500019355
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An illustrated portrait of Brittany, its landscape, architecture and people.
$40.00

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

Claude Monet, The Color of Time

FRN311
Virginia Spate
Thames & Hudson
2001
384
0500282730
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A critically lauded analysis of Monet and his art, taking into account technique, the evolution of themes and styles, historical and biographical information.
$39.95

The Portrait

FRN537
Iain Pears
Riverhead Books
2006
224
159448175X
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
On a remote island off of Brittany, an art critic sits completely still and silent as his old friend paints his portrait and tells him the story of his long and tortured life in this eerie mystery.
$15.00

Murder in the Marais

FRN561
Cara Black
Soho Press
2016
384
1616957301
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Literate and thrilling, with a strong sense of the geography and flavor of Paris, the first in a series of mysteries starring Aimee Ledoc shows off the French-American detective's wit and wile. The series continues with Murder in Belleville (FRN562), Murder in the Sentier (FRN563) and many more.
$9.99

Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette

FRN825
Sena Jeter Naslund
HarperCollins Publishers
2007
592
0060825405
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An absorbing and sympathetic portrait of the much-maligned Austrian princess, told from Antoinette’s perspective. From 14-year-old bride of the Dauphin to the focus of popular outrage, Naslund depicts "Toinette" as a naive but well-meaning girl whose narcissism leads to tragedy.
$16.99

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 Count of Monte Cristo

FRN122
Alexandre Dumas, David Coward (Editor)
Everyman's Library
2009
1168
0192833952
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Dumas's absorbing classic of hidden treasure, guile and revenge in a newly revised translation for the Everyman's Library.
$30.00

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

FRN124
Victor Hugo
Signet
2010
510
0451531515
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
The compelling story of a deformed bell-ringer set in medieval France.
$5.95

The Complete Claudine

FRN125
Colette
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2001
560
0374528039
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A collection of four short novels about coming of age as a woman in turn-of-the-century France. Colette beautifully evokes period and place in this vivid portrait of Victorian Paris.
$22.00

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 Three Musketeers

FRN362
Alexandre Dumas
Oxford University Press
2009
663
0199538468
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This French standard may be long -- and written almost 200 years ago -- but it is page-turning fare for young adults, who'll stay up 'til the wee hours to find out what became of D'Artagnan, Aramis, Athos, Porthos and the nefarious Lady DeWinter.
$12.95

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

This is Paris

FRN466
Miroslav Sasek
Rizzoli International
2004
64
0789310635
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
First published in 1958, this is a facsimile edition of Sasek's classic portrait of Paris for children. The Louvre, Eiffel Tower and other attractions are depicted with bright, stylized illustrations. Ages 4-8.
$17.95