France Bookshelf: Some Good Books About France

September 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Boss Dog: A Story of Provence M.F.K. Fisher

Bruno, Chief of Police and other novels by Martin Walker

Chasing Matisse: A Year in France Living My Dream  James Morgan

Coquilles, Calva & Creme: Exploring France’s Culinary Heritage, A Love Affair with Real French Food G. Y. and Joanne Dryansky

Death at the Chateau Brémont and other books by M. L. Longworth

Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me and Nearly Broke My Heart by William Alexander

France in Mind (ed. Alice Powers)

French By Heart Rebecca Ramsay

French Spirits: A House, A Village, and a Love Affair in Burgundy, and other books by Jeffrey Greene

French Ways and Their Meaning Edith Wharton

I’ll Never Be French (no matter what I do)  Mark Greenside

Journal Hélene Berr

Jours of Our Lives by Beth Arnold

Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There Philip P. Hallie

Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of St. James (David Downie)

Renoir, My Father  Jean Renoir

The Lost Upland: Stories of Southwest France W. S. Merwin

The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France (Ina Caro)

The Secret Life of the Seine Mort Rosenblum

Suite Francaise Irene Némirovsky

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France Caroline Moorehead

For books that take place in, or are about Paris, see my Paris Bookshelf. And for books about Franco/American cultural differences, and/or for help in understanding the French, my Demystifying the French: A Reading List may be helpful.

I’m open to suggestions for titles to add to this list, so please, shout ’em out!

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and literature who divides her time between France and the United States.  She teaches literature courses in Paris for Queens College, CUNY, and offers Writing from the Heart workshops in a beautiful little village in the Champagne region of France. She also occasionally teaches culture and literature courses at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington D.C. 

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