France Bookshelf: Some Good Books About France
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
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 Toast and other books by Harriet Welty Rochefort
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
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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