Suggested Reading List
A Moveable Feast
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Description: 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.
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
Author: E.L. Konigsburg
Description: 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.
A Traveller's History of Paris
Author: Robert Coles
Description: A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its foundation, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times.
Cathedral, The Story of its Construction
Author: David MacAulay
Description: 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.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
Author: Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Description: This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Charlotte in Paris
Author: Joan Knight
Description: In this sequel to Charlotte in Giverny (Item FRN813), Charlotte's family moves to Paris, where our heroine becomes friends with Edouard Manet's niece.
City Walks with Kids Paris
Author: Christina Henry De Tessan
Description: These 50 colorful convenient cards, each with a map and suggested walk or activity, include neighborhoods and attractions of Paris for the family.
Eyewitness Guide Paris
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeous, well illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights.
Fodor's Around Paris With Kids, 68 Great Things to Do Together
Description: A compact colorful guide to Paris for families, featuring a handpicked selection of attractions that kids will find especially interesting. With games, activities, color photographs, maps and diagrams.
Fodor's Paris' 25 Best
Description: 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.
Author: Mary Colson
Description: One in the illustrated and informative Countries Around the World series, geared for ages 8-11.
Lily B. on the Brink of Paris
Author: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Description: This imaginative story of a teenager separated from her class on a field trip to Paris and the adventures that befall her will appeal to any teen or pre-teen on vacation in the City of Light.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
Author: Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
Description: This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Lonely Planet Not for Parents Paris
Author: Lonely Planet Publications
Description: Jam-packed with photos, fun facts and goofy cartoons, this glossy guide is just the thing for eight-year-old travelers.
Murder in the Latin Quarter
Author: Cara Black
Description: The ninth installment in Black's series featuring "adorably punkish" detective Aimee Leduc, who gets around on a pink Vespa. This time, Aimee's investigations lead her through the old university district of Paris -- its colorful streets, schools, museums, cafes and bookstores providing a vivid backdrop to the suspense.
Murder in the Marais
Author: Cara Black
Description: 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.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: 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.
Author: Mavis Gallant, Michael Ondaatje (Introduction)
Description: All written in Paris (where Gallant has long lived), these magnificent stories take place from the Left Bank to the French Riviera, postwar Germany and Franco-era Spain. If you haven’t read her work (many of the stories originally appeared in the New Yorker), you are in for a treat. Gallant is one of the great 20th century short story writers.
Paris in Mind
Author: Jennifer Lee (Editor)
Description: With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris.
Paris to the Moon
Author: Adam Gopnik
Description: Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.
Paris to the Past, Traveling Through French History by Train
Author: Ina Caro
Description: The infectiously enthusiastic Ina Caro charts 25 day trips from Paris in this marvelously conceived history and guide. From the splendor of Chartres, wonders of Sainte-Chapelle and elegant Place de la Concorde, Caro enchants.
Parisian Chic, A Style Guide
Author: Ines de la Fressange
Description: Icon of chic and quintessential Parisienne, Ines de la Fressange includes her favorite offbeat museums, shops, salons and spas, restaurants, cafes and hotels in this charming guide, jammed with photographs, drawings and hand-written lists.
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Description: The action in this YA novel, set against the backdrop of Paris, brings together figures from the French Revolution, the Classical roots of American rock-- and the very modern struggles of a 21st-century teenage girl coming of age.
The Family Under the Bridge
Author: Natalie Savage Carlson, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
Description: 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.
The Food of France
Author: Waverly Root
Description: 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).
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author: Brian Selznick
Description: An intricate mystery told as a graphic novel for middle schoolers, Brain Selznick's captivating tale of an orphan boy on the streets of Paris in the 1930s seems a brilliant choice for Martin Scorsese's first 3-D venture, a family film starring Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen. The movie opens November 23.
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris
Author: John Baxter
Description: Australian critic and writer Baxter draws on his second career as a literary tour guide in his adopted city for this witty memoir, laced with terrific tales.
The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France
Author: Ina Caro
Description: 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.
The Secret Life of the Seine
Author: Mort Rosenblum
Description: 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.