Suggested Reading List
1066, The Year of the Conquest
Author: David Howarth
Description: 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.
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 France
Author: Robert Cole
Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
Battle of Normandy 1944 Map
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: This historic reproduction shows battle dates, parachute drops and locations of Allied forces.
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.
D-Day June 6, 1944
Author: Stephen Ambrose
Description: Ambrose's riveting popular account of the climactic battle of WWII.
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.
Joan of Arc
Author: Mary Gordon
Description: In elegant, insightful prose, novelist Gordon meditates on the courageous and complex young girl and the iconic status she has acquired.
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.
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, the book includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture and craft festivals.
Michelin Green Guide Normandy
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A thorough introduction to Normandy and the Channel Islands in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions.
Monet, the Ultimate Impressionist
Author: Sylvie Patin
Description: A colorful pocket-size reference to Monet's life, paintings and contemporaries, perfect for those visiting Giverny.
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.
Pardon My French
Author: Cathy Hapka
Description: Missing her boyfriend, Nicole is lonely in the City of Lights when she studies abroad. But with the help of some new friends -- and a handsome Frenchman -- she might change her mind. In the S.A.S.S. series.
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.
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.
Six Armies in Normandy, From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris
Author: John Keegan
Description: A provocative account of the invasion of Normandy and the battles that proceeded it. Keegan's intense descriptions of the war in northern France are accompanied by perceptive analysis of the military tactics that resulted in Allied victory.
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 Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator)
Description: 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.
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.