Suggested Reading List
A Passion for Paris, Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light
Author: David Downie
Description: Asking why the city of light is also the city of love, Downie embarks on a secular pilgrimage to the most romantic sites in Paris -- alluring parks, atmospheric cafes and inspiring vistas -- drawing on literary lights Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire and other great Romantics to aid him in his quixotic quest.
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.
Claude & Camille, A Novel of Monet
Author: Stephanie Cowell
Description: You can practically smell the paint in Stephanie Cowell's lyrical novel -- peopled by not just Claude Monet and the love of his life, Camille, but also by his best friend Bazille, Renoir, Pissaro and Manet.
Culture Smart! France
Author: Barry Tomalin
Description: A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Author: Jill Jonnes
Description: Jones captures the thrill of the modern in this sprightly tale of the tower, the 1889 World's Fair that inspired it -- and the cast of characters who gathered in Paris for the occasion, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the artists Gauguin, Van Gogh and Whistler.
Eyewitness Guide Family Paris
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, with dozens of excellent local maps and a kid friendly focus, including child-friendly sleeping and eating options and age range suitability. Intended for parents with kids ages four to twelve.
French, A Language Map
Author: Kristine K. Kershul
Description: This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases.
How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City
Author: Joan Dejean
Description: A vibrant chronicle of how Parisian rulers transformed the city into a cosmopolitan metropolis.
In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art
Author: Sue Roe
Description: Beginning with the teenaged Pablo Picasso’s arrival in Montmartre in 1900, this multi-faceted biography takes on the extraordinary men and women, including Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein, who transformed the European art world.
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.
Lonely Planet Not for Parents Paris
Author: Lonely Planet Publications
Description: Jam-packed with photos, fun facts and goofy cartoons, this glossy guide is just the thing for eight-year-old travelers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 Scarlet Pimpernel
Author: Baroness Orczy
Description: Wildly popular since his debut in 1903, the man known as the Scarlet Pimpernel is a foppy English lord by day and a daring genius by night. Here's the rip-roaring classic, set during the French Revolution.
The Story of French
Author: Julie Barlow, Jean-Benoit Nadeau
Description: From the team responsible for Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong (FRN755) comes this accessible and comprehensive history of the French language.
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
Author: Adam Gopnik
Description: Gopnik's delectable social history traces America's "table ancestry" to 18th-century France, birthplace of modern taste and the restaurant. He also urges us not to forget the deeper value of what goes on around the table.