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 Traveller's History of France
Author: Robert Cole
Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris
Author: A.J. Liebling
Description: Liebling captures with stylish prose his coming-of-age in Paris in this elegant memoir, which is also a tribute to French cuisine.
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.
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.
Author: Lydia Davis (Translator), Gustave Flaubert
Description: The landmark novel of a woman who suffers in search of relief from her humdrum life in a provincial village outside Rouen.
Monet's Garden in Giverny, Inventing the Landscape
Author: Marina Ferretti Bocquillon
Description: 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.
Mont Saint Michel and Chartres
Author: Henry Brooks Adams
Description: 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.
Normandy Map 513
Description: 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.
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.
Rodin, World of Art
Author: Bernard Champigneulle
Description: An illustrated introduction to the sculpture of Rodin, along with a brief consideration of his life and its effect on his art.
Author: Alfred Sisley, Richard Shone
Description: A survey of the life and work of Alfred Sisley, one of the principle advocates of Impressionism. The book examines some of Sisley's most cherished landscape paintings, from snow scenes in the Paris suburbs to regattas on the Thames.
The Essence of Style, How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, And Glamour
Author: Joan E. Dejean
Description: French historian DeJean's premise is simple: largely because of one obsessive spendthrift, Louis XIV, France, in the late 17th century, became the arbiter of chic, a position from which it has never faltered.
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 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.
The Sun King
Author: Nancy Mitford
Description: An opulent, celebrated biography of Louis XIV. Gracefully written in a witty, conversational style, Mitford's book brings Versailles to vibrant life.
The Would-Be Commoner
Author: Jeffrey Ravel
Description: A dramatic tale of false identity, murder, and bigamy that riveted France during the reign of Louis XIV.