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  • Writer's pictureShannon Elisabeth

Books for Francophiles

As promised I put together a list of my favorite books for Francophiles. There are many more that I might have forgotten to include and will update accordingly. Long before I set foot on French soil, I read books about France. From the Betsy and Tacy children’s books, I knew I could make a wish on Pont Marie overlooking the Seine and the Le Divorce book taught me about the stylish Hermes Kelly Bag. From novels to philosophy, I have compiled a file for you.


Words in a French Life by Kristin Espinasse

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe by Bob Spitz

Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah


Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Candide by Voltaire

Camille by Fils, Alexandre Dumas

Break of Day by Colette

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris

Perfume from Provence by Lady Fortescue Winifred

A Good Year by Peter Mayle

Left Bank by Kate Muir

Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revolution by James Tipton

Murder on the Riveria by Mary-Jane Deeb

Le Divorce by Diane Johnson

Home/ Decorating

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

Country Houses of France by Barbara Stoeltie


The Complete Essays of Michel de Montaigne

De L'art du Bonheur by Christophe André

Calme et attentif comme une Grenouille by Eline Snel

French Ways and their Meaning by Edith Wharton

How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton


The Anchor Anthology of French Poetry: From Nerval to Valery in English Translation by Angel Flores


The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

The Castle of Pictures and Other Stories: A Grandmother's Tales by George Sand

Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace

Le Petit Nicolas Series by René Goscinny

Les Malheurs de Sophie Christophe Honoré,

Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson


The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J Mazzeo

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

Travel Guides

Hidden Gardens of Paris: A Guide to the Parks, Squares, and Woodlands of the City of Light

Book by Susan Cahill

The Streets of Paris: A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History by Susan Cahill

The French Riviera - A Literary Guide for Travellers by Ted Jones

Into a Paris Quartier by Diane Johnson


Country Cooking of France by Anne Willan

Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen

Book by Clotilde Dusoulier

Paris Sweets by Dori Greenspan

Pedaling Through Provence by Sara Leah Chase


Redouté: Selection of the Most Beautiful Flowers by Werner Dressendörfer

Sara Midda’s South of France Sketch book

Learning French

30 days to Great French

Larousse French Dictionary

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Mar 18, 2019

Thank you for these recommendations! I've already added several to my to purchase list :)

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