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 Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
Description: Dickens' famous tale of love and intrigue, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
A Traveller's History of London
Author: Richard Tames
Description: The story of London, from the Romans to Tony Blair, tailored to the traveler.
Author: Christopher Andersen
Description: Andersen considers the haunting legacy of Diana 10 years after her tragic death.
Eyewitness Guide London
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
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 London's 25 Best
Author: Louise Nicholson
Description: This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops.
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.
Georgiana, Dutchess of Devonshire
Author: Amanda Foreman
Description: The entertaining biography of the passionate 18th-century aristocrat, which is also the source for the 2008 film starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.
Hungry For Paris, The Ultimate Guide to the City's 102 Best Restaurants
Author: Alexander Lobrano
Description: An American in Paris since 1986, European correspondent for Gourmet and editor of Zagat's Paris, Lobrano brings a journalist's savvy and a food lover's insight to this enchanting guide to 100 places to eat, enlivened by color photographs and charming essays on French food and dining.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A colorful and detailed laminated city map with a variety of useful inset maps.
Author: Evelyn Hofer (Photographer), V. S. Pritchett
Description: A classic, lyrical celebration of the palaces, parks, people and everyday experience of London. Pritchett's eloquent riffs on the character of the city are accompanied by evocative black-and-white photographs by the superb Evelyn Hofer.
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.
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.
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.
The Judgment of Paris, The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism
Author: Ross King
Description: King's lovingly researched and lucid cultural history of French art and society in the 1860s places the impressionists at the center of a revolution in philosophy and taste.
The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England
Author: Antonia Fraser
Description: Lady Fraser gathers eight British historians for this engaging, illustrated history of the monarchy from 1066 to the House of Windsor, chock full of personality, incident and scandal.
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 Story of England
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Description: Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic age to the 1990s is an excellent traveler's companion.
Time Out London Walks, 30 Walks by London Writers
Author: Time Out
Description: A personable guide to a wide variety of London excursions.The handy guide is chock full of color photographs, illustrations, practical information and good maps.