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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!”
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    My Twenty-five Years in Provence

    One day you’ll have that house in Provence. But until then, follow Peter Mayle’s vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France.

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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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    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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  4. 4

    The Physiology of Taste

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

    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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    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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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I

    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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    Dangerous Liaisons

    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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    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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    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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    Coco Chanel

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 is not to be missed.

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    A mesmerizing and heart-stopping psychological tale of a trauma that ensnares three generations of women in France.

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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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