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 Day at Versailles, An Intimate Portrait
Author: Francis Hammond (Photographer), Yves Carlier
Description: Today a tourist attraction, the Chateau de Versailles was originally the center of royal power, a lavish palace constructed by Louis XIV prior to the French Revolution. This illustrated book celebrates the hidden wonders of the palace and grounds, including Marie Antoinette’s dairy farm and the Petit Trianon.
A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy
Author: Carl Shilleto, Mike Tolhurst
Description: A compact guide to Normandy's WWII battlefields, memorials, sites and cemeteries.
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.
All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Description: A heartwarmingly human story which vividly portrays WWII-era France and the French Resistance.
Cathedral, The Story of its Construction
Author: David MacAulay
Description: In this illuminating book for middle readers, master draughtsman MacAulay presents text and innovative drawings that detail the planning and construction of a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. It's a masterpiece.
Charlotte in Paris
Author: Joan Knight
Description: In this sequel to Charlotte in Giverny (Item FRN813), Charlotte's family moves to Paris, where our heroine becomes friends with Edouard Manet's niece.
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: Rick Atkinson
Description: Atkinson adapted his bestseller on the invasion of Normandy into a picture-heavy version geared toward middle school readers, focused primarily on D-Day but with background information to give readers a thorough understanding of the events leading up to the invasion.
D-Day June 6, 1944
Author: Stephen Ambrose
Description: Ambrose's riveting popular account of the climactic battle of WWII.
Eyewitness Guide Family France
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.
France Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Society
Description: One in the growing series of excellent maps, printed on water- and tear-resistant paper.
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's Garden in Giverny, Inventing the Landscape
Author: Marina Ferretti Bocquillon
Description: Published in conjunction with the new Musee des Impressionnismes in Giverny, this luminous collection captures Monet's beloved works and the landscapes that inspired them.
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.
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.
The Family Under the Bridge
Author: Natalie Savage Carlson, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
Description: This Newbery Medal winning book for children ages 9-12 is a charming, wonderfully human story recounting the Parisian adventures of the hobo Armand and the three homeless children who make him shed his grumpy ways.
The Farm to Table French Phrasebook, Master the Culture, Language and Savoir Faire of French Cuisine
Author: Victoria Mas
Description: Most travelers are arm-twisted into speaking French at eateries and this inviting, practical language guide relieves the pressure by providing gastronomically-focused words and phrases
The Most Beautiful Villages of Brittany
Author: Hugh Palmer (Photographer), James Bentley
Description: An illustrated portrait of Brittany, its landscape, architecture and people.
The Oysters of Locmariaquer
Author: Eleanor Clark
Description: Winner of the 1965 National Book Award, this paper edition of Clark's pleasurable portrait of the hardy oystermen and byways of coastal Brittany is introduced by Mark Kurlansky.
The Sun King
Author: Nancy Mitford
Description: An opulent, celebrated biography of Louis XIV. Gracefully written in a witty, conversational style, Mitford's book brings Versailles to vibrant life.