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 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: A reproduction of a 1947 map of Normandy showing the main sites of the summer 1944 battle.
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, The Climactic Battle of World War II
Author: Stephen Ambrose
Description: Written by the best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose, this well researched book draws together interviews and government documents to tell the gripping tale of D-Day. This comprehensive account contains 32 pages of photos and eight maps.
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. Organized alphabetically, we like it for its broad coverage, and especially for its excellent local maps.
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.
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.
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 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.