Nonfiction for Francophiles

Interested in France and all things French? Enjoy a bit of cultural immersion with one of these titles. All of these books are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.


Baxter, John. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris. 2011. (914.43604 B).

Brown, Frederick. For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus. 2010. (944.081 B).

Chelminski, Rudolph. I’ll Drink to That: Beaujolais and the French Peasant Who Made It the World’s Most Popular Wine. 2007. (641.2223 C).

Child, Julia with Alex Prud'homme. My Life in France. 2006. (B C5359.my).
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Davis, Deborah. Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X. 2003.
(759.13 S245da).

Diliberto, Gioia. Paris without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife.
2011. (B M9366di).

Espinasse, Kristin. Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France. 2007. (B E775.wo).

Fumaroli, Marc. When the World Spoke French. 2011. (440.9 F).

Glass, Charles. Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation.
2010. (944.3610816 G).

Gopnick, Adam. Paris to the Moon. 2000. (944.3600413 G).
     Also available: CD

Greenspan, Dorie. Around My French Table. 2010. (641.5944 G).

Groom, Gloria. The Age of French Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago. 2010. (759.409034 G).

Jackson, Jeffrey H. Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910. 2010. (944.360813 J).

Levy, Harriet Lane. Paris Portraits: Stories of Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein, and Their Circle. 2011. (700.922 L).

Loomis, Susan Herrmann. On Rue Tatin : Living and Cooking in a French Town. 2001. (641.59442 L).

Malcolm, Janet. Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice. 2007. (928.1 M).

Mayle, Peter. A Year in Provence. 1990. (944.9 M).
     Also available: Large Type

McCullough, David. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. 2011. (920.009213044 M).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Moore, Tim. French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France. 2001.
(796.6209 M).

Pitt, Leonard. Paris: A Journey through Time. 2010. (914. 4361 P).

Ramsey, Rebecca S. French by Heart: An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France. 2007. (914.404 R).

Rossant, Colette. Return to Paris: A Memoir. 2003. (B R8273.re).

Rowlands, Penelope, ed. Paris was Ours: Thirty-two Writers Reflect on the City of Light.
2011. (944.361 P).

Sciolino, Elaine. La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life. 2011.
(302.340944 S).

Sedaris, David. Me Talk Pretty One Day. 2000. (817.54 S4474.me).
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Spawforth, Antony. Versailles: A Biography of a Palace. 2008. (944.3663 S).

Thompson, Christopher S. Tour de France:  A Cultural History. 2006. (796.6209 T).

Timoney, Charles. Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul. 2008.
(448.2421 T).

Weber, Ronald. News of Paris: American Journalists in the City of Light Between the Wars. 2006. (070.92313 W).