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Sacrebleu! 19 Books To Get You In The Bastille Day Spirit

Celebrate La Fête nationale of France: today is Bastille Day! Get patriotic with these books – you’ll have every excuse to say “Vive La France!”
  1. The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture
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    The Little Paris Bookshop

    Monsieur Perdu has a little floating bookstore on the Seine and refers to himself as a literary apothecary – he can fix what ails you with the perfectly-chosen book. It doesn’t get more whimsical or Parisian than that!

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  2. My Paris Dream Book Cover Picture
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    My Paris Dream

    When Kate struck out on her own to explore the City of Light, she found so much more than glamour and fashion.

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  3. The Physiology of Taste Book Cover Picture
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    The Physiology of Taste

    “Tell me what you eat and I shall tell you what you are” –Brillat-Savarin

    First published in France in 1825 and continuously in print ever since, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s masterpiece is a historical, philosophical, and epicurean collection of recipes, reflections, and anecdotes on culinary matters that still resonate today.

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  4. French Lessons Book Cover Picture
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    French Lessons

    A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor…and succumb to unexpected passion and adventures.

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  5. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 Book Cover Picture
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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1

    Julia Child spent weeks getting the mayonnaise recipe just right. And that was just for mayonnaise!  Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Julia Child made perfecting French cooking her life’s work.

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    Mastering the Art of French Eating

    A lush book about food, eating, and finding your place in a new city. Mah samples baguettes, saucisson, pain au chocolat, and makes us more and more jealous with every description.

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  7. Les Liaisons Dangereuses Book Cover Picture
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    Les Liaisons Dangereuses

    Published soon before the French Revolution, this novel might be old… but it’s definitely not prim. All about sex, manipulation, corruption, and decadence, this classic is definitely a must-read.

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  8. Madame Bovary Book Cover Picture
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    Madame Bovary

    If you have never read Madame Bovary, drop what you’re doing and grab a copy. Emma Bovary is bored of her humdrum life and longs for la sophistication of Paris.

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  9. Monet Paints a Day Book Cover Picture
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    Monet Paints a Day

    A French lesson for the enfants about the most famous French Impressionist Painter of the 19th and 20th century.

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  10. Coco Chanel Book Cover Picture
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    Coco Chanel

    Nothing says France like style… and no one had style like Coco Chanel.

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  11. Paris Stories Book Cover Picture
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    Paris Stories

    Short stories that capture the verve of Paris. Funny, sharp, and touching, this is fiction worth disappearing into.

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  12. The Painted Girls Book Cover Picture
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    The Painted Girls

    Set in overblown, decadent Belle Époque Paris, two sisters find themselves thrust into the center of an artistic and cultural whirlwind.

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  13. Les Miserables Book Cover Picture
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    Les Miserables

    Maybe you’ve seen the movie(s) or the musical, but there really isn’t anything like the real deal. The love, drama and politics are here, but it’s the history and writing that make this a classic.

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  14. Suite Francaise Book Cover Picture
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    Suite Francaise

    During the Nazi occupation of France, a provincial town learns to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, and in their hearts.

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  15. French Accents Book Cover Picture
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    French Accents

    One day you’ll have that house in Provence. But until then, here’s the next best thing.  Learn to decorate à la française!

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  16. Cezanne Book Cover Picture
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    Cezanne

    If you’re a fan of Cezanne’s still-life and landscape paintings, this comprehensive assessment of the work and life of an artist who was originally considered a madman, a barbarian, and a sociopath—which includes eighty-eight color and fifty-two black-and-white illustrations–is not to be missed.

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  17. The Elegance of the Hedgehog Book Cover Picture
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    The Elegance of the Hedgehog

    A contemporary French novel that took the US by storm several years ago. A grim concierge, a troubled teenage genius, and the foreign new arrival who brings them together.

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  18. A Hero of France Book Cover Picture
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    A Hero of France

    1941: In French countryside, small groups of ordinary men and women are determined to take down the occupying forces of Adolf Hitler.

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  19. The Paris Librarian Book Cover Picture
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    The Paris Librarian

    When Hugo’s friend dies at the American Library in Paris, he begins to question the conclusion that he died of ‘natural causes.’

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