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Books To Get You in the Bastille Day Spirit

Celebrate La Fête nationale of France, Bastille Day! Get patriotic with these books and channel your inner Parisian with these cookbooks, historical fiction reads, and beloved classics.

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    My Twenty-five Years in Provence Book Cover Picture
    My Twenty-five Years in Provence Book Cover Picture

    My Twenty-five Years in Provence

    by Peter Mayle

    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.

    My Twenty-five Years in Provence Book Cover Picture
    My Twenty-five Years in Provence Book Cover Picture

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    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture
    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture

    The Paris Diversion

    by Chris Pavone

    Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems—and that it involves her family.

    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture
    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture

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    In Paris Book Cover Picture
    In Paris Book Cover Picture

    In Paris

    by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide

    Two quintessential Parisian women–model and fashion designer Jeanne Damas and journalist Lauren Bastide–shine a spotlight on twenty real-life women of Paris, dispelling the myth that there’s only one type of Parisian woman and introducing us to the city that real Parisiennes live in.

    In Paris Book Cover Picture
    In Paris Book Cover Picture

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    My Paris Kitchen Book Cover Picture
    My Paris Kitchen Book Cover Picture

    My Paris Kitchen

    by David Lebovitz

    A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David’s Parisian kitchen.

    My Paris Kitchen Book Cover Picture
    My Paris Kitchen Book Cover Picture

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    The Light of Paris Book Cover Picture
    The Light of Paris Book Cover Picture

    The Light of Paris

    by Eleanor Brown

    The Light of Paris Book Cover Picture
    The Light of Paris Book Cover Picture

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    Paris by the Book Book Cover Picture
    Paris by the Book Book Cover Picture

    Paris by the Book

    by Liam Callanan

    When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris.

    Paris by the Book Book Cover Picture
    Paris by the Book Book Cover Picture

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    The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture
    The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture

    The Little Paris Bookshop

    by Nina George

    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!

    The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture
    The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture

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    The Game of Hope Book Cover Picture
    The Game of Hope Book Cover Picture

    The Game of Hope

    by Sandra Gulland

    Paris, 1798. Hortense de Beauharnais is engrossed in her studies at a boarding school for aristocratic girls, most of whom have suffered tragic losses during the tumultuous days of the French Revolution. But Hortense is not an ordinary girl. Her beautiful, charming mother, Josephine, has married Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to become the most powerful man in France, but viewed by Hortense at the outset as a coarse, unworthy successor to her elegant father, who was guillotined during the Terror.

    The Game of Hope Book Cover Picture
    The Game of Hope Book Cover Picture

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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I Book Cover Picture
    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I Book Cover Picture

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I

    by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck

    Here Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle break down the classic foods of France into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of dishes.

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I Book Cover Picture
    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I Book Cover Picture

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    The Paris Wife Book Cover Picture
    The Paris Wife Book Cover Picture

    The Paris Wife

    by Paula McLain

    Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway set sail for Paris. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

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    The Paris Wife Book Cover Picture

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    Madame Fourcade's Secret War Book Cover Picture
    Madame Fourcade's Secret War Book Cover Picture

    Madame Fourcade’s Secret War

    by Lynne Olson

    Discover the little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II.

    Madame Fourcade's Secret War Book Cover Picture
    Madame Fourcade's Secret War Book Cover Picture

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    Les Miserables Book Cover Picture
    Les Miserables Book Cover Picture

    Les Miserables

    by Victor Hugo

    Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism, and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him, and has been a perennial favorite since it first appeared over 150 years ago.

    Les Miserables Book Cover Picture
    Les Miserables Book Cover Picture

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    Haunting Paris Book Cover Picture
    Haunting Paris Book Cover Picture

    Haunting Paris

    by Mamta Chaudhry

    A timeless story of love and loss takes a mysterious turn when a bereaved pianist discovers a letter among her late lover’s possessions, launching her into a decades-old search for a child who vanished in the turbulence of wartime Paris.

    Haunting Paris Book Cover Picture
    Haunting Paris Book Cover Picture

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    Suite Francaise Book Cover Picture
    Suite Francaise Book Cover Picture

    Suite Francaise

    by Irene Nemirovsky

    Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. Suite Françaisetells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control.

    Suite Francaise Book Cover Picture
    Suite Francaise Book Cover Picture

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    In a French Kitchen Book Cover Picture
    In a French Kitchen Book Cover Picture

    In a French Kitchen

    by Susan Herrmann Loomis

    A delightful celebration of French life and the cooks who turn even the simplest meals into an occasion.

    In a French Kitchen Book Cover Picture
    In a French Kitchen Book Cover Picture

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    Lost Roses Book Cover Picture
    Lost Roses Book Cover Picture

    Lost Roses

    by Martha Hall Kelly

    Lost Roses follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

    Lost Roses Book Cover Picture
    Lost Roses Book Cover Picture

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    Bright Lights Paris Book Cover Picture
    Bright Lights Paris Book Cover Picture

    Bright Lights Paris

    by Angie Niles

    Take a life-changing journey with a fashion insider through the neighborhoods of Paris—and become the most glamorous girl in town (without even trying).

    Bright Lights Paris Book Cover Picture
    Bright Lights Paris Book Cover Picture

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    Anna and the French Kiss Book Cover Picture
    Anna and the French Kiss Book Cover Picture

    Anna and the French Kiss

    by Stephanie Perkins

    Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

    Anna and the French Kiss Book Cover Picture
    Anna and the French Kiss Book Cover Picture

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