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  • A Piano In The Pyreneesby Tony Hawks

    Ebury Publishing 2009; US$ 12.68

    'If you had to pick two things you wanted - if you had to - what would you pick?' I hesitated. This was a bigger question than usually got asked at these post-match debriefs. ' I suppose the honest answer would be,' I said, still accessing the last pieces of required data from a jumbled mind, 'meeting my soul mate, and finding an idyllic house... more...

  • The Ceremonial Cityby Robert A. Schneider

    Princeton University Press 1996; US$ 29.95

    From public executions to religious processions to political festivities, Toulouse's ceremonial life was remarkably rich in the decades prior to the French Revolution. In an engaging portrait that conveys this provincial city in all its splendor and misery, Robert Schneider explores how Toulouse's civic and community life was represented in the stagings... more...

  • Rive Gaucheby Elke Mettinger-Schartmann; Margarete Rubik; Jorg Turschmann

    Editions Rodopi 2010; US$ 92.00

    From the late 19th century onwards Paris had been a congenial locus for bohemian life. By 1920 Montparnasse had superseded Montmartre as the intellectual and artistic heart of the city, inaugurating a decade of unequalled creative achievement and innovative self-performance. These were the years of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ or années folles... more...

  • Classes, Estates and Order in Early-Modern Brittanyby James B. Collins

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 48.00

    Uses the Breton experience to address two fundamental historiographical issues: the meaning of absolutism and the nature of early-modern French society. more...

  • The Greater Journeyby David McCullough

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 20.00

    The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned, told by America?s master historian, David McCullough.... more...

  • Paris Under Waterby Jeffrey H. Jackson

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 22.99

    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...

  • Dawn of the Belle Epoqueby Mary McAuliffe

    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, science,... more...

  • A Summer in Gascony, New Editionby Martin Calder

    Nicholas Brealey Publishing 2011; US$ 16.99

    A charming fish-out-of-water tale about a young Englishman who spends an extraordinary summer workingand falling in lovein Gascony. more...

  • Two Towns in Provenceby M.F.K. Fisher

    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...

  • True Pleasuresby Lucinda Holdforth

    D&M Publishers 2009; US$ 16.95

    At a turning point in her life, Lucinda Holdforth journeys to Paris and takes a very personal tour through the lives, loves, and losses of its most celebrated women. From Colette to Nancy Mitford, Marie Antoinette to Coco Chanel, Napoleon’s Josephine to Edith Wharton, all were rule-breakers and style-setters. Utterly diverse, they shared one... more...