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- Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 20.00
T he G reater J ourney is the enthralling, inspiring?and until now, untold?story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. After risking the hazardous journey across the... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 15.99
In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris quickly became a force of destruction. Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created a perfect storm of conditions that soon drowned Parisian streets, homes, businesses, and museums. The city seemed to have lost its battle with the elements. Given the Parisians?... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2011; US$ 18.99
Paris in 1871 was a shambles following military defeat, siege, and a bloody uprising, and the question loomed, "Could this extraordinary city even survive?" By 1900, the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the decades between were marked by tension and conflict, as the new challenged the old in everything from politics to art, literature, music,... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.95
This memoir of the French provincial capital of Aix-en-Provence is, as the author tells us, "my picture, my map, of a place and therefore of myself...just as much of its reality is based on my own shadows, my inventions." A vibrant and perceptive profile of the kinship between a person and a place. A Considerable Town M.F.K. Fisher scans the centuries... more...
- Summersdale 2003; US$ 12.99
A dilapidated, rat-infested stone barn set amidst 13 acres of overgrown woodland and unkempt pasture might not be many people's vision of a potential dream home. But for English couple Richard and his wife Al, the cavernous, oak-beamed building in a sleepy hamlet of the Limousin region of France is perfect. Tussles with French bureaucracy allied with... more...
- Summersdale 2006; US$ 10.99
Deep in the Limousin countryside, Richard Wiles bought his dream home. But little did he expect to be living full time in the dilapidated farmhouse while struggling to finish the conversion during the insect plagues of summer and the harsh blizzards of winter. Watched by his bemused neighbors, Richard also pursues his more unusual dreams of raising... more...
- Seal Press 2011; US$ 17.00
How to Die in Paris is an edgy, poetic, often darkly comic, memoir of a young middle-class black woman who escapes a tortured past in New York to pursue a new life in Europe?only to find herself broke, desperate, and contemplating suicide on the streets of Paris. Penniless, scared, and hoping for rescue, Thomas turns to a series of unlikely male... more...
- Summersdale Publishers Ltd. 2011; US$ 11.99
This is amazing, I said. You have to give me the recipe.There is no recipe, he said, smiling. I use whatever I have. It never tastes the same way twice.I had no way of knowing, that first damp evening in Paris, how this man, and his non-recipes, would change my life.Has a meal ever changed your life?Part... more...
- University of California Press 2009; US$ 50.00
Bits of late Roman coinage, the mutilated torso of a marble Venus, blue debris from an early medieval glassworks, and the powder rasped from the reputed tomb of Mary Magdalene?these tantalizing mementos of human history found scattered throughout the landscape of southeastern France are the points of departure for Gustaf Sobin's lyrical narrative.... more...
- Andrews UK 2012; US$ 14.49
Celebrated by writers from Petrarch to Peter Mayle, Provence's rugged mountains, wild maquis and lavender-filled meadows are world-famous. Historic cities like Arles, Avignon and Aix contain Roman amphitheatres, papal palaces and royal residences, while market towns and picturesque villages maintain age-old traditions of wine producing and agriculture.... more...