Suggested Reading List
A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France
Author: Georgeanne Brennan
Description: 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. Offered as a bonus book in the Essential Reading package for just $1.00!
A Year in Provence
Author: Peter Mayle
Description: 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.
Cadogan Guide Cote D'Azur
Author: Dana Facaros
Description: A guide in the respected series with insightful cultural and historical background, and up-to-date practical information, illustrations and maps.
Death at the Chateau Bremont
Author: M.L. Longworth
Description: A lively whodunit steeped in the rich, enticing and romantic atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence, Death at the Chateau Bremont introduces Antoine Verlaque, the handsome and seductive chief magistrate of Aix, and his sometime love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet.
Eyewitness Guide Provence & the Cote D'Azur
Author: Roger Williams
Description: 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-Rhones, Vaucluse and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.
Four Queens, The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
Author: Nancy Goldstone
Description: Transporting you back to back to the apogee of independent Provençal 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.
Joy of Man's Desiring
Author: Jean Giono
Description: A twentieth century master of letters, Giono's fiction invokes the folklore and traditions of his birthplace in southern France.
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.
Made in France, A Shopper's Guide
Author: Laura Morelli
Description: Both a fascinating history of France's artisanal legacy and an insider's shopping guide, Made in France includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture, and craft festivals.
My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle
Author: Marcel Pagnol
Description: Best known as a filmmaker, Pagnol evokes his childhood in Provence and Marseilles fifty years ago. These memoirs sparkle with delight in the people, landscapes and daily life of southern France.
Author: Theodore Andrea Cook, James Ferguson (Introduction)
Description: A reprint of the classic 1905 account of travels through Provence, focusing on the history of the region from Greek and Roman temples to Medieval market towns and castles.
Pardon My French, Unleash Your Inner Gaul
Author: Charles Timoney
Description: 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.
Author: Peter Mayle
Description: A companion to all things Provencal, from bouillabaisse to lavender and vinaigre, by the British expatriate and Francophile Peter Mayle.
Provence Alps French Riviera Map 527
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A colorful and detailed map of the region from Lyon to Marseille along the Rhone River, at a scale of 1:200,000.
Provence, A Cultural History
Author: Martin Garrett
Description: Through its architecture, literature and popular culture, Garrett analyzes and celebrates the identity of this beloved region.
Provence, From Minstrels to the Machine
Author: Ford Madox Ford
Description: 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.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence
Author: Michael Jacobs
Description: With an excellent introduction on the history, culture, landscapes and the pleasures of Southern France, this illustrated guide features 34 towns and villages across Provence from the Vacluse to Bonnieux and Gordes, tranquil Alpine villages and southern vineyards.
The Popes of Avignon, A Century in Exile
Author: Edwin Mullins
Description: Grounded in the architecrure and papal legacy in 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.
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 Yellow House
Author: Martin Gayford
Description: Gayfor chronicles the turbulent three months and texture of the daily lives of Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles, where they worked side by side in 1888. With 60 b&W reproductions.
Two Towns in Provence
Author: M. F. K. Fisher
Description: Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking both with anecdote and loving description.
Vincent Van Gogh, The Passionate Eye
Author: Pascal Bonafoux
Description: From Paris to Asnieres, Amsterdam and Provence, this jewel of a book traces the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, the spirited, self-destructive painter who celebrated the south of France. Engaging, compact and illustrated with hundreds of photographs.