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My Life in France, Julia Child & Alex Prud'Homme
Far from a cookbook, this read will bring France to you. Julia keenly remembers her life in France with her husband Paul.

Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France, Kristin Espinasse
Stories of everyday life, written by an American who lives in Provence with her French husband and two children.

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, Harriet Scott Chessman
Inspired by 5 Mary Cassatt paintings of her older sister Lydia.

French or Foe, Polly Platt
Platt discusses about manners, attitudes and culture, which are invaluable for the traveler. Polly Platt has also written Savoir Faire

Savoir Flair: 211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French, Polly Platt
Polly Platt tells more about the French and what makes them "tick".  

Toile de Jouy, Melanie Riffel, Sophie Rouart
Both authors are curators at the Musée de la Toile de Jouy (one of our visits). They have drawn on the museum's collections to produce this complete history of the Toile de Jouy.

On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town, Susan Herrmann Loomis
An American chef and author tells her story of setting up house in Normandy, where she now has a cooking school. 

All you need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women, Helene Frith-Powell
Witty and elegantly written according to the reviews and recommended by one of our travelers.

Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French, Stephen Clarke
Also author of A Year in the Merde, Clark offers 11 witty commandments for understanding the French.

Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
This work of fiction about the German occupation of France was written by a Jewish Russian immigrant who spent her adult life in France before being deported.

Matisse, His Art and Textiles, Ann Dumas
Henri Matisse, descended from weavers, found inspiration in the textiles in his personal collection. This is a great resource book for fiber artists. 

France, A Love Story: Women Write about the French Experience, edited by Camille Cusumano
Women share their firsthand experiences with the people, landscape, flavors, history, art, culture and character of this enchanted land.