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  I Love Paris in the Springtime   Doodle Paris: Doodle a Day in One of the World's Greatest Cities  

Doodle Paris: Doodle a Day in One of the World's Greatest Cities

Imagine your perfect day in Paris—what would you do? Would you visit the Louvre to check out the Mona Lisa or spend an afternoon shopping along the rue Saint-Honoré? How about a stroll around Montmartre, imagining yourself enjoying absinthe with Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec? Or perhaps an exquisite meal in one of the city's chic bistros? Illustrator Rob Merrett adores Paris, and here offers more than 100 pages of partially completed drawings of the City of Light for you to complete your ...... read more

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From the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st arrondissement to the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre in the 18th, from Notre-Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité to the museums and narrow lanes of Le Marais, from the Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower to the antique bookstores and old-world cafes of the Latin Quarter, Paris seems to come alive in springtime.  

We can think of no better way to welcome in spring than to celebrate Paris itself—the center of France's literature, art, and culture (including its most famous American and British expatriates) as well as its history, stretching back more than two millennia. Here you'll find biographies and travel guides, gripping histories and unforgettable fiction, books on great artists and films set in the City of Light. And of course, cookbooks and kitchen memoirs exploring France's fabulous cuisine.
 

 

   

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The French Century: An Illustrated History of Modern France  

The French Century: An Illustrated History of Modern France

Brian Moynahan.

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Exploring the history of France from the end of the 19th century to the turn of the 21st, this history encapsulates everything from political events and scientific discoveries to cultural ... ... read more

 
The Food Lover's Guide to Paris: The Best Restaurants, Bistros, Cafes, Markets, Bakeries, and More  

The Food Lover's Guide to Paris: The Best Restaurants, Bistros, Cafes, Markets, Bakeries, and More

Patricia Wells.

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From Patricia Wells, who has now lived in France since 1980 and has spent more than 30 years as an authority on the world's ultimate food city, comes the very best of Paris—a completely revised and ... ... read more

 
Food and Friends: Recipes and Memories from Simca's Cuisine  

Food and Friends: Recipes and Memories from Simca's Cuisine

Simone Beck. Julia Child, intro.

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The coauthor of Mastering the Art of French Cooking here shares an irresistible feast of reminiscence and recipes. Simone "Simca" Beck first met Julia Child in 1949 in the women's cooking club ... ... read more

 
Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne & Beyond: Post-Impressionism from the Musee d'Orsay  

Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne & Beyond: Post-Impressionism from the Musee d'Orsay

Guy Cogeval, Sylvie Patry, et al.


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Not a cohesive art movement per se but an extraordinarily creative era in French art, Post-Impressionism transformed the way that the late-19th and early-20th-century public viewed art, and paved the ... ... read more

 
Nineteenth Century French Art: From Romanticism to Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Art Nouveau  

Nineteenth Century French Art: From Romanticism to Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Art Nouveau

Henri Loyrette, general ed. Sebastien Allard & Laurence des Cars, eds. David Radzinowicz, trans.

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Wide-ranging, abundantly illustrated, irresistibly perusable, this catalog explores French art throughout the 19th century, a restless, innovative period that released an unparalleled burst of ... ... read more

 
 
Paris When It Sizzles  

Paris When It Sizzles

William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Mel Ferrer, Noel Coward & others. Richard Quine, director.

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Filmed on location in Paris, this 1964 romantic comedy (adapted from Julien Duvivier's La Fête à Henriette) reunited the stars of 1954's Sabrina, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn. ... ... read more

 
The Hunchback of Notre Dame  

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Ernest Torrance & others. Wallace Worsley, director.

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The most ambitious role of his illustrious career, Lon Chaney's Quasimodo transformed the former character actor into one of Hollywood's biggest stars in 1923. With its sumptuous recreation of ... ... read more

 
Simply French: Patricia Wells Presents the Cuisine of Joel Robuchon  

Simply French: Patricia Wells Presents the Cuisine of Joel Robuchon

Patricia Wells.

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One of the world's top food critics and writers—the winner of four James Beard Awards and author of such books as Trattoria, The Provence Cookbook, and The Food Lover's Guide to ... ... read more

 
Van Gogh: The Life  

Van Gogh: The Life

Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith.

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Following their Pulitzer Prize–winning biography Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith here offer an exquisitely detailed, ultimately heartbreaking portrait ... ... read more

 
City Fashion Paris  

City Fashion Paris

Christine Anna Bierhals.

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A fashion journalist and stylist in Europe, Christine Anna Bierhals takes us on a vividly illustrated tour of the thriving Paris fashion scene here. Under headings of Amazing Fashion, Luxury Fashion, ... ... read more

 
 
Political Descartes: Reason, Ideology, and the Bourgeois Project  

Political Descartes: Reason, Ideology, and the Bourgeois Project

Antonio Negri.

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Renowned as the Father of Modern Philosophy, René Descartes was also an important political thinker, posits Italian philosopher Antonio Negri. First published in 1970 and reflecting tensions in ... ... read more

 
Riviera Cocktail  

Riviera Cocktail

Edward Quinn. Heinz Butler & Gret Quinn, eds.


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Though he later became known for his working relationship with Pablo Picasso and other 20th-century artists, Edward Quinn was a young photographer in the south of France in the 1950s, when Nice, ... ... read more

 
The New York Times Paris Journal: 144 Ruled Pages, with 3 Tip-in Photographs and Ribbon Marker  

The New York Times Paris Journal: 144 Ruled Pages, with 3 Tip-in Photographs and Ribbon Marker


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Dateline, Paris: Photographs of the City of Lights decorate this handsome journal, in a perfect travel size for a foreign correspondent (6 x 8 1/2 inches closed). Along with laminated photographic ... ... read more

 
The French Menu Cookbook  

The French Menu Cookbook

Richard Olney.

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Francophile and food writer Richard Olney was one of a kind—a literary cook who had a tremendous influence on American cooking via his well-worn cottage on a hillside in Provence. Born in Iowa in ... ... read more

 
The House in France: A Memoir  

The House in France: A Memoir

Gully Wells.

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Set in Provence, London, and New York, this is a daughter's bright and witty memoir of her mother, rebellious American journalist Dee Wells, and her stepfather A.J. Ayer, the worldly Oxford ... ... read more

 
 
The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc  

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc

Nancy Goldstone.

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The story of Joan of Arc has been told in many ways over the past six centuries, but few of those tellings include the presence of another woman, one who made Joan's ascendancy possible. Politically ... ... read more

 
French Provincial Giftwrap: Giftwraps by Artists: 10 Sheets (2 each of 5 designs)  

French Provincial Giftwrap: Giftwraps by Artists: 10 Sheets (2 each of 5 designs)

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Colorful and abundantly detailed, the block-printed floral and fruit patterns here represent the highest achievement of the French textile industry at the turn of the 19th century. These wrapping ... ... read more

 
Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America's Minister to France During the Siege and Commune of Paris  

Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America's Minister to France During the Siege and Commune of Paris

Michael Hill. David McCullough, foreword.

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A congressman from Illinois and a confidante of Lincoln and Grant during the Civil War, Elihu Washburne was appointed Minister to France in 1869, arriving in Europe shortly before the outbreak of the ... ... read more

 
Monsieur Lambert  

Monsieur Lambert

Jean-Jacques Sempe.

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Here we have the unmistakably French story—penned and illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist and children's book author Jean-Jacques Sempé—of a group of regulars at a Parisian bistro who see ... ... read more

 
Matisse at Villa Le Reve  

Matisse at Villa Le Reve

Marie-France Boyer. Helene Adant, photos.


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Henri Matisse lived at the Villa Le Rêve in the south of France from 1943 to 1948. Here he created a sensuous world, bringing to his studio the particular objects—favorite jugs, vases, shells, ... ... read more

 
 
The Tender Hour of Twilight: Paris in the '50s, New York in the '60s: A Memoir of Publishing's Golden Age  

The Tender Hour of Twilight: Paris in the '50s, New York in the '60s: A Memoir of Publishing's Golden Age

Richard Seaver. Jeanette Seaver, ed. James Salter, intro.

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From Samuel Beckett to William S. Burroughs, from The Story of O to The Autobiography of Malcolm X, this memoir by iconic editor, publisher, translator, and literary troublemaker ... ... read more

 
Man Ray: Despreocupado Pero No Indiferente / Unconcerned But Not Indifferent  

Man Ray: Despreocupado Pero No Indiferente / Unconcerned But Not Indifferent

Man Ray. John P. Jacob & Noriko Fuko, commissioners.

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An American who thrived in Paris, surrealist Man Ray (1890–1976) established himself as one of the foremost photographers of the 20th century on the strength of his abstract Rayographs and his ... ... read more

 
The Cuisine of the Sun: Classical French Cooking from Nice and Provence  

The Cuisine of the Sun: Classical French Cooking from Nice and Provence

Mireille Johnston.


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With its exotic flavorings and an emphasis on fresh ingredients, southern French cuisine is one of the best loved in the world, and looking at these 200 recipes, it's easy to see why. Here are more ... ... read more

 
Gardens of Stone: My Boyhood in the French Resistance  

Gardens of Stone: My Boyhood in the French Resistance

Stephen Grady & Michael Wright.


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A boy hero of World War II—awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star and the American Medal of Freedom—Stephen Grady was an octogenarian when he finally gave us this memoir of his coming of ... ... read more

 
An American in Paris  

An American in Paris

Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch & others. Vincente Minnelli, director.

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A showcase for the groundbreaking choreography and breathtaking talent of Gene Kelly, this 1951 movie won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Kelly plays Jerry Mulligan, a former G.I. who has ... ... read more

 
 
Woman of Letters: Irene Nemirovsky and <I>Suite Francaise</I>  

Woman of Letters: Irene Nemirovsky and Suite Francaise

Irene Nemirovsky. Olivier Corpet & Garrett White, eds.

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Compiled with the assistance of her daughter Denise Epstein, Woman of Letters explores the life of Irène Némirovsky, author of the landmark novel Suite Française. Born in Kiev in 1903, ... ... read more

 
Fodor's Exploring Provence: 5th Edition  

Fodor's Exploring Provence: 5th Edition

Nick Hanna.

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Sample the produce of the Châteauneuf vineyards, see where Cézanne and Van Gogh painted, delight in Provençal cuisine, and observe the rich and famous on the Côte d'Azur. Beautifully illustrated with ... ... read more

 
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food  

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

Adam Gopnik.

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From the author of Paris to the Moon comes this beguiling tour of the morals and manners of America's present food mania, in search of the deeper truths of eating. Never before have we cared ... ... read more

 
Wicked Company: Freethinkers and Friendship in Pre-Revolutionary Paris  

Wicked Company: Freethinkers and Friendship in Pre-Revolutionary Paris

Philipp Blom.


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From the 1750s to the 1770s, the Paris salon of Baron d'Holbach was an epicenter of debate, intellectual daring, and revolutionary ideas, uniting around one table such vivid personalities as Denis ... ... read more

 
One True Sentence  

One True Sentence

Craig McDonald.


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In 1924 Paris, a city teeming with would-be poets, writers, and painters, Hector Lassiter is crossing the Pont Neuf when he hears a body fall into the Seine—the first in a string of brutal murders ... ... read more

 
 
Jealousy: The Other Life of Catherine M.  

Jealousy: The Other Life of Catherine M.

Catherine Millet.

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French art critic Catherine Millet's erotic memoir The Sexual Life of Catherine M. was an audacious and closely examined exposé of the many forms and flavors of sexual pleasure, although it ... ... read more

 
Paris 36  

Paris 36

Gerard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder & others. Christophe Barratier, director.

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A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris suburb. His confession is a long flashback to the past New Year's Eve, when he discovers his ... ... read more

 
Gauguin: Maker of Myth  

Gauguin: Maker of Myth

Belinda Thomson, ed.

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Superb color reproductions of Paul Gauguin's art and numerous additional items like sketches, carvings, and photographs make this catalogue—for a joint exhibit of the Tate Modern in London and the ... ... read more

 
Paisley Giftwrap: Giftwraps by Artists: 10 Sheets (all different designs)  

Paisley Giftwrap: Giftwraps by Artists: 10 Sheets (all different designs)

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Based on a tendrilled teardrop motif that originated in India before the rise of the Roman Empire, paisley has been used in European textiles since 1780. The patterns here were designed in Scotland ... ... read more

 
The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky by Her Daughter  

The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky by Her Daughter

Elisabeth Gille. Marina Harss, trans.

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Only five when the Gestapo arrested her mother, Élisabeth Gille grew up remembering almost nothing of her. Irène Némirovsky was a name, a once-popular novelist, a Russian émigré from an immensely ... ... read more

 
 
Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique  

Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique

Stephen Harrison, Emmanuel Ducamp, & Jeannine Falino. Christie Mayer Lefkowith, Pilar Velez, Catherine Walworth, & Wilfried Zeisler, contributors.

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At the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, three designers—Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique—exhibited some of their finest works in an attempt to edge their competition ... ... read more

 
Paul Gauguin: A Journey to Tahiti (Adventures in Art)  

Paul Gauguin: A Journey to Tahiti (Adventures in Art)

Christopher Becker. Rosie Jackson, trans.

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This book follows French painter Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) to Tahiti, where he discovered the vivid colors of the South Seas and—unlike the other Frenchmen living there—sought to understand the ... ... read more

 
Pissarro's People  

Pissarro's People

Richard R. Brettell.

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Influenced by his anarchist sympathies, Danish-French artist Camille Pissarro had a passionate lifelong interest in the human condition that was unique among Impressionist landscape painters. From ... ... read more

 
Unnaturally French: Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After  

Unnaturally French: Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After

Peter Sahlins.

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Rather than date the establishment of modern political citizenship from the French Revolution of 1789, Peter Sahlins argues that the transformations began in the "citizenship revolution" of the 18th ... ... read more

 
Proust's Overcoat: The True Story of One Man's Passion for All Things Proust  

Proust's Overcoat: The True Story of One Man's Passion for All Things Proust

Lorenza Foschini. Eric Karpeles, trans.

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Imagine owning something personal that had once belonged to your literary hero. Although Jacques Guérin was a prominent businessman at the head of his family's successful perfume company, his real ... ... read more

 
 
Gilded Youth: Three Lives in France's Belle Epoque  

Gilded Youth: Three Lives in France's Belle Epoque

Kate Cambor.

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They were the celebrity heirs and heiresses of Belle Époque France, the children and grandchildren of such famous 19th-century men of letters and science as writer Alphonse Daudet, neurologist ... ... read more

 
Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey  

Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey

Stephen Bann & Linda Whiteley.

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In the aftermath of their revolution, the French public turned to British history as a way of making sense of its recent past. French artist Paul Delaroche was particularly inspired by English ... ... read more

 
Jacques Offenbach and the Paris of His Time  

Jacques Offenbach and the Paris of His Time

Siegfried Kracauer. Gertrud Koch, foreword.

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First published in German in 1937, Siegfried Kracauer's biography of Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880) uses the life and work of the German-born French composer as a focal point for a broad and ... ... read more

 
Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity  

Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity

Daniel J. Mahoney.

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In his effort to separate the notion of the common good from its historical identification with the homogeneous, largely static societies in existence before the modern era, 20th-century French ... ... read more

 
Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV  

Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV

Karleen Koen.

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After the death of his prime minister Cardinal Mazarin in 1661, 22-year-old Louis XIV takes full control of France, in this historical novel from the author of Through a Glass Darkly. The ... ... read more

 
 
The Death-Defying Pepper Roux  

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux

Geraldine McCaughrean.

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What would you do if you knew your 14th birthday would be your last? If you're Pepper Roux, haunted all your life by the fatal prophesy of a jealous old aunt, you might just light out for a life of ... ... read more

 
Martin Pebble  

Martin Pebble

Jean-Jacques Sempe. Anthea Bell, trans.

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Martin Pebble is the story of a little boy whose face keeps turning red for no particular reason. When he meets Roddy Racket, a little boy who keeps sneezing for no particular reason, it's the ... ... read more

 
L'image Du Noir Dans L'art Occidental: Tome 1: Des Pharaons a la Chute de L'empire Romain (French Language)  

L'image Du Noir Dans L'art Occidental: Tome 1: Des Pharaons a la Chute de L'empire Romain (French Language)

Jean Vercoutter et al.


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People of African descent featured frequently and prominently as subjects in the art of the ancient world. This overview—which features more than 350 illustrations in color and black and ... ... read more

 
Robert Capa: The Paris Years 1933–54  

Robert Capa: The Paris Years 1933–54

Bernard Lebrun & Michel Lefebvre.

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One of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century and a cofounder of the Magnum Photos agency, Hungarian-born photographer Robert Capa traveled the world and documented five of the ... ... read more

 
Contemporary Art in France  

Contemporary Art in France

Catherine Millet. Charles Penwarden, trans.

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The co-founder and editor-in-chief of art press since 1972, Catherine Millet here offers a singular firsthand chronicle of artistic creation and experimentation in France from the 1960s to the ... ... read more

 
 
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky  

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Mads Mikkelson, Anna Mouglalis, Elena Morozova & others. Jan Kounen, director.

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This glamorous 2009 biopic about two revolutionary artists begins in 1913 with Coco Chanel attending the disastrous Paris premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Unlike the crowd, she is ... ... read more

 
The Montmarte Investigation: A Victor Legris Mystery  

The Montmarte Investigation: A Victor Legris Mystery

Claude Izner. Lorenza Garcia & Isabel Reid, trans.

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Paris 1891. On Boulevard Montmartre, the body of a barefoot woman in red is discovered; she has been strangled and disfigured. That same day, a single red shoe is delivered to Victor Legris's ... ... read more

 
The Libertine Reader: Eroticism and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France  

The Libertine Reader: Eroticism and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France

Michel Feher, ed.

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Irresistibly charming or shamelessly deceitful, stereotypes of the "French lover" can be traced to 18th-century libertine novels, in which idle aristocrats are entirely preoccupied with their erotic ... ... read more

 
Toulouse-Lautrec: 19th-Century French Painter  

Toulouse-Lautrec: 19th-Century French Painter

Diane Cook. Yan Thomas, illus.

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Inspired by the artist's style of capturing movement in bold outlines and dynamic forms of bright color, this life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is illustrated throughout with lighthearted crayon and ... ... read more

 
Complete Piano Photo Chords (French Edition): Tous Les Accords Au Piano En Photos  

Complete Piano Photo Chords (French Edition): Tous Les Accords Au Piano En Photos

Jonathan Hansen.

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This encyclopedic compendium includes hundreds of photos depicting all the chords a pianist or keyboardist will ever need to know; each is shown in the left hand, except where two hands are ... ... read more

 
 
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe  

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

Glynis Ridley.

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An herbologist in 18th-century France and the lover of botanist Philibert Commerson, Jeanne Baret disguised herself as a man to accompany him on the first French circumnavigation of the world. Glynis ... ... read more

 
Riviera Nature Notes: A Popular Account of the More Conspicuous Plants and Animals of the Riviera and the Maritime Alps  

Riviera Nature Notes: A Popular Account of the More Conspicuous Plants and Animals of the Riviera and the Maritime Alps

Rob Cassy, ed.

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Quirky, erudite, and eminently readable, the 54 essays comprising Riviera Nature Notes give a vibrant and clear picture of plant and animal life in the South of France at the turn of the 20th ... ... read more

 
A Twist of Orchids: A Death in the Dordogne Mystery  

A Twist of Orchids: A Death in the Dordogne Mystery

Michelle Wan.

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Hailed by critics at the Los Angeles Times Book Review and the Washington Post Book World for this series that "cross-pollinates Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief with Peter ... ... read more

 
Louise Bourgeois: Illustrated Books  

Louise Bourgeois: Illustrated Books

Louise Bourgeois. Sarah J.S. Suzuki, essay.


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In 2001 the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University presented an exhibition of works by Louise Bourgeois. Best known as a sculptor, Bourgeois also worked in the mediums of ... ... read more

 
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food  

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

Adam Gopnik.


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From the author of Paris to the Moon comes this beguiling tour of the morals and manners of America's present food mania, in search of the deeper truths of eating. Never before have we cared ... ... read more

 
 
The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917–1929  

The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917–1929

Roger Nichols.


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Paris in the 1920s was one of the greatest artistic crossroads of the modern era, particularly in music—Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev, as well as up-and-coming members of Les Six ... ... read more

 
Cousin Bette  

Cousin Bette

Jessica Lange, Elisabeth Shue, Bob Hoskins, Hugh Laurie & others. Des McAnuff, director.


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Jessica Lange is a scorned woman seeking revenge by manipulating a sexual temptress, Jenny (Elisabeth Shue), into doing her dirty work in this "wickedly comic" (Time) movie from 1998. With ... ... read more

 
Henri Rousseau's Jungle Book: (Adventures in Art)  

Henri Rousseau's Jungle Book: (Adventures in Art)

Doris Kutschbach. Rosie Jackson, trans.

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The art of Henri Rousseau (1844–1910) is featured here in 11 two-page images for an immersive exploration of the dreamlike fantasy world he painted—his personal escape from his everyday life as a ... ... read more

 
Chabrier/Milhaud: Une Education Manquee  

Chabrier/Milhaud: Une Education Manquee

Franck Cassard, Mary Saint Palais, Philippe Fourcade & others. Sinfoniette de Picardie. Michel Swierczewski, conductor.

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This charming piece centers on a pair of newlyweds in 18th-century Paris who are grappling with the intricacies of sex. "There is more real music in this little score than in many a big operatic ... ... read more

 
Rene Herbst: Pioneer of Modernism  

Rene Herbst: Pioneer of Modernism

Guillemette Delaporte.

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Nicknamed the "man of steel" because he pioneered the use of the material for furniture in the 1920s, years before mass production on a large scale was possible, René Herbst created enduring ... ... read more

 
 
Dominique Perrault: Projects and Architecture  

Dominique Perrault: Projects and Architecture

Laurent Stalder.

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Born in 1953, Dominique Perrault is one of the leading figures of contemporary architecture. In addition to the French National Library, one of the most important buildings realized in Paris in the ... ... read more

 
The Only Son  

The Only Son

Stephane Audeguy.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau mentions his older brother François only two times in his classic Confessions. In this novel, Stéphane Audeguy resurrects Rousseau's forgotten brother in a picaresque ... ... read more

 
Guitar Fingerboard Book (French Edition): Cahier De Diagrammes Du Manche De La Guitare  

Guitar Fingerboard Book (French Edition): Cahier De Diagrammes Du Manche De La Guitare

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Guitarists and songwriters of any experience level can benefit from these 32 tear-out sheets with six 15-fret guitar neck diagrams per page. Printed in red ink on white paper, this book is handy for ... ... read more

 
The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France  

The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France

Eric Jager.


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(Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Nonfiction) Eric Jager's 2005 investigation recounts the last duel decreed by order of the Parlement of Paris. In 1386, a few days after Christmas, a ... ... read more

 
Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris  

Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Asti Hustvedt.

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Blanche, Augustine, and Geneviève were each admitted to the hysteria ward of the Salpêtrière Hospital in 1870s Paris, where their care was directed by the prominent neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. ... ... read more

 
 
Decorative Arts: From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: The Complete Plates  

Decorative Arts: From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: The Complete Plates

Carl Becker. Carsten-Peter Warncke, ed.

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When this stunning catalog was originally published in three volumes, from 1852–1863, what purchasers received was, in essence, a small museum in print. The 216 hand-colored copperplate engravings ... ... read more

 
A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France  

A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France

Katie Whitaker.

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The marriage of Charles I of England was, from the start, a risky arrangement, notes Katie Whitaker, the winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for her life of Margaret ... ... read more

 
Paul Gauguin: French Painter  

Paul Gauguin: French Painter

Diane Cook. Yan Thomas, illus.

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The life of Paul Gauguin, who left his family and his career as a stockbroker behind in France to pursue his artistic inspiration in Tahiti, is told here through the eyes of his daughter Aline, the ... ... read more

 
Love From Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford  

Love From Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford

Charlotte Mosley, ed.


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This is a selection from one of the most prolific letter-writers of the 20th century. Nancy Mitford died in 1973, before she could write her autobiography, but her often hilarious correspondence with ... ... read more

 
Visions of Arcadia: Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse  

Visions of Arcadia: Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse

Joseph J. Rishel.

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The idea of an earthly paradise has long intrigued artists, and the concept gained renewed vigor at the turn of the tumultuous 20th century in France. Focusing on three masterpieces—Cézanne's ... ... read more

 
 
Paul Cezanne: How He Amazed the World (Adventures in Art)  

Paul Cezanne: How He Amazed the World (Adventures in Art)

Angela Wenzel. Rosie Jackson, trans.

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"I want to amaze Paris with an apple," French artist Paul Cézanne once said, and he succeeded through his remarkable approach to painting. This book relates the story of the artist's life ... ... read more

 
Picasso and Modern British Art  

Picasso and Modern British Art

James Beechy & Chris Stephens, eds.

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Most frequently associated with art worlds in Spain, Paris, and New York, Pablo Picasso also had lifelong connections with Britain, and an enormous effect on British modernism. This exhibit catalog, ... ... read more

 
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