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

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 based in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She teaches literature courses in Paris, Hawaii and Cuba for Queens College, CUNY, and twice a year she offers Writing from the Heart workshops in a beautiful little village in the Champagne region of France. She also teaches culture and literature courses at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington D.C. 

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