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Books and Films about France and the World

Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen Winemaker Detective Mysteries Box Set: Deadly Tasting, Cognac Conspiracies, Mayhem in Margaux (The Winemaker Detective Series)
The translation from French into English is not stilted--hard to believe it was not originally English. The main character is a pompous wine connoisseur who keeps running into wine-related mysteries that are not that difficult to solve.
Graham Robb The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography
The story of the mapping of the country of France, this dense account describes how diverse were the cultures and tribes within France. Until World War I, many French citizens did not speak French! Rather they spoke widely divergent local dialects, only using the language of Paris for official government business.
Charles River
The Tuileries Palace: The History and Legacy of France's Famous Royal Palace
An interesting history of the French palace, of Louis 14th and Louis XVI. Napoleon 3rd also lived here. Fascinating story of the French history of this residence.
Charles River
Vichy France: The History of Nazi Germany’s Occupation of France during World War II
.Quite interesting especially for a person who has minimal knowledge of that time and government. The book is brief and concise; nevertheless, it is full of information about the government and the personalities involved.
Jacques Trémolet de Villers and Olivier Sers
Jeanne d'Arc: Le procès de Rouen (21 février-30 mai 1431) (French Edition)
.Unique perspective on a remarkable event in French and Catholic Inquisition history. It was a model for the modern show trial in which the judges start with the verdict and try to assemble justification for it.
Noel D Johnson and Mark Kpyama
Persecution & Toleration - The Long Road t6o Religous Freedom (2019)
.The book investigates the fascinating intersection of the state and religion in late medieval and early modern Europe. Rather than enduring patterns of religious toleration or persecution, of liberty or tyranny, they tell a rich history of change and variation in rules, institutions, and societies. This is an important and persuasive book.'
Diarmaid MacCulloch
The Reformation - A History (2005)
.The book has taken a subject full of controversy and oversize individuals and made the book a page turner. There are no heroes in this book, only blood, guts, executions, trials, and internicene hatreds.The horrors of the Inquisition are shown not to be the sole purview of the Catholics--after all, Calvin burned Servetus at the stake for disagreeing with him about the Trinity, and he beheaded a few others for various reasons. The author's sense of humor is always present--he tells us that the reformers liked to sport long beards so that they would resemble Old Testament patriarchs, and then he introduces two pictures of reformers with cascading, curly beards covering their chests.
Pankaj Mishra
Age of Anger - A History of the Present (2005)
.Pankaj Mishra has named a moment and an era: His brilliant new book Age of Anger: A History of the Present looks at the rising tide of radical nationalism, racism, intolerance, misogyny, xenophobia, and fascism that's sweeping away calmer and more measured opposition all over the world, and he attempts to understand the phenomena before it engulfs everybody on the planet. . . Fiercely literate and eloquent.”

From the Ruins of Empire - The Revolt against the West and the Remaking of Asia (2012)
The book looks back on the 19th and 20th centuries through the work of three Asian thinkers: Jamal al-Din Afghani, Liang Qichao and Rabindranath Tagore. The story that emerges is quite different from that which most Western readers have come to accept. Enormously ambitious but thoroughly readable, this book is essential reading for everyone who is interested in the processes of change that have led to the emergence of today's Asia.”

Ian James
The New French Philosophy 1st Edition (2019)
.This impressive new work carves out, with precision and clarity, a distinctive new domain within recent French philosophy, revealing a varied spectrum of thinkers who share a common desire to go beyond dominant theories of signification to engage with both the materiality of the real and the question of subjectivity in the wake of structuralism. A real contribution to French intellectual history.

Films made in France or about France

Frédéric Krivine
Philippe Triboit
Emmanuel Daucé
A French Village
This acclaimed drama is about the German occupation of France during World War II, and its effects on the inhabitants of a small village in Jura. In June 1940, the village of Villeneuve awakes to the arrival of the German army - and the next four years of occupation have a shattering effect on the lives of all its inhabitants.

7 Seasons (72 Episodes)
Henri-Georges Clouzot (Director) with Brigitte Bardot (Actor),Sami Frey (Actor), La vérité
(Criterion Collection)
Brigitte Bardot is excellent, as are the rest of the cast. The film centers on a trial of Bardot's character for the murder of her lover, and the story of the relationship is told by flashbacks. Really worth seeing.(1960)
Solveig Anspach (Director)with Karin Viard,
Bouli Lanners,
Claude Gensac
(French with English subtitles - Drama 85 min 2013))
Adelightful movie, filled with humor, sadness, and most of all love. Lulu, needs to find a different life, so she strikes out, on her own, leaving behind memoires, good and bad. Soon she finds that she is needed, and others need and enjoy her as a person, can she find happiness, will she be able to love again, does she have anything to offer, so many questions, that get answered, in this lovely movie, about creating value, for one's self, as well as others, a must see!
Reviews of Books about France

Vintage 1954
Vintage 1954 is a tale that will take you on a heartwarming journey into the past with four people from different backgrounds who are all able to find meaning in their lives as a result of this journey back in time.

Antoine Laurain

(February 7, 2019,)

The Little French Bistro
Marianne decides to end her life by jumping into the Seine. Things don't go as planned, however, and a stranger pulls her to safety, and she is transported to hospital.
by Nina George

(March 1, 2018,)
The House of Rougeaux
The hardships and unfortunate circumstances of there lives pulled at my heart. The author had a wonderful ability to transport me to the Caribbean and the reality of their everyday lives.
Jenny Jaeckel

(March 22, 2018,)
The French Girl
This one was superbly written with a great atmosphere and an ending that was not quite what I had expected. I also loved that the author followed the characters after the murderer had been uncovered.
by Lexie Elliott

(February 8, 2018,)
Just in case perils of renovation get you down while reading this account, don't fret because the author has provided numerous tasty recipes that will cheer you up no end.

by David Lebovitz

(January 18, 2018,)

Doorways of Paris
I would have loved a little more text and a maybe more historical tidbits. Having said that, I still enjoyed this book very much.
Raquel Puig

(November 8, 2017,)

Cooking for Picasso
This smart, charming book is two stories in one. I have to say it's probably one of the most interesting books I've read (or listened to) all year. I say, listened to because I received an audio version of this book. It was my first experience with an audio book,
Camille Aubray

(Decdember 19, 2016,)
Paris Nights My Year at the Moulin Rouge
The reader found out exactly what happened to all the characters mentioned in the book. The inclusion of numerous photos was a great idea. It made me feel like I had a better connection to the author, his friends, and family.
Cliff Simon

(August 22, 2016,)
Nice Work (If You Can Get It)
Things get off to a rocky start when they need to come up with money they don't have for all sorts of renovations.
by Celia Imrie

(August 15, 2016,)
Every Frenchman Has One
After a divorce in 1953, she met and married a Frenchman and moved to Paris. This book follows her attempts to come to terms with life in another country.

by Olivia de Havilland

(July 13, 2016,)
The Marseille Caper
The book provides a fun, lighthearted and utterly enjoyable read, with glimpses of great food, culture and a relaxed lifestyle in the south of France.

Peter Mayle

(July 29, 2016,)
The Little Paris Bookshop
.This mesmerizing, elegantly written story brings alive both the sorrow and joy that fill the lives of the main characters, especially Jean. It takes the reader on a journey, not only through France but through the meaning of life and love itself.

Nina George

(March 31, 2016,)
The Red Notebook
.The characters come alive in this bookabout Paris. The author has a way of writing that is both lively and entertaining.

Antoine Laurain

(January 21, 2016,)

Paris Nocturne
The atmosphere is heavy and dark as if one is in a haze or a dream. The reader is never quite sure if the main character is having memory difficulties because of the accident or whether he's been suffering from this for some time.

Patrick Modiano

(December 18, 2015,)
Marseille Noir
In this selection of stories Marseille comes across as a hard, tough, masculine city full of crime but also full of life and interesting characters.

Edited by Cédric Fabre

(November 7, 2015,
The Châtelet Apprentice
You feel not only connected to the character but gain an understanding into the workings of 18thcentury French society. Anyone interested in France during this period or in good historical novels will not be disappointed

Jean-François Parot

(November 7, 2015,)
Nicholas Le Floch (DVD)
If you have read The Chatelet Apprentice  and found it interestinginteresting you might also like the DVD series inspired by these books. Nicolas Le Floch Volume One and Two are available at amazon as a DVD

by Jean-François Parot.

(November 13, 2015,)
Moon in a Dead Eye
This books is short but brilliant. It manages to say so much about the human condition. The characters are pitch perfect, the atmosphere moves from light to dark and the location is telling.

Pascal Garnier

(November 18, 2015,)
Murder on the Eiffel Tower
A story fro, the 1889 during the Paris: Several people have died mysterious deaths, all of which have been attributed to bee stings. Victor, a Parisian bookseller has his doubts about whether bee stings were the actual causes of death.

Claude Izner

(October 28, 2015,)
The Collector
A wonderful French thriller, unique, mesmerizing and full of rich details.

by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont

(August 23, 2015,)
Im Licht der Normandie
Es ist die Geschichte von Flo die einen Brief ihrer verstorbenen Grossmutter findet. Um mehr ueber den Inhalt des Briefes und die komische Sprache in der er geschrieben ist herauszufinden, muss sich Flo in die N

von Margot S. Baumann

(August 13, 2015,)
Mayhem in Margaux
This particular book and others in the series created by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen were used as the basis for the TV series Blood of the Vine which is available on DVD

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen

(August 5, 2015,)

Tainted Tokay
It is another good story from the wine detective series, which has some unexpected twists and turns.

Red-Handed in Romanée-Conti
Once again the authors of this series have presented readers with another winning cozy mystery full of interesting characters, great scenery and good food and wine.

Promises to Keep
Like The Promise of Provence, book one in this series, the story follows Katherine on her journey to find love and happiness in the south of France with Philippe. It isn't all smooth sailing and Philippe has some secrets in his past that threaten to put the breaks on their relationship

Patricia Sands 

(October 2, 2015,)
The Promise of Provence
A wonderful tale of a woman in search of herself. Katherine is a fifty-five year old woman with a nice life in Toronto. She has a good job as a researcher and a happy marriage, that is until James, her husband leaves her an anniversary bouquet with a note saying he wants a divorce.

Patricia Sands

(October 12, 2015,)
George's Grand Tour
Charles decide to follow the 3,500 km route of the Tour de France they were looking for adventure. In fact, they thought at their age it might be the last chance they had to take such a journey.

Caroline Vermalle 

(October 2, 2015,)

Books about Greece

Homer Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid box set: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
This is an exquisite set. For classic works like this, This is about as nice a paperback as it gets. The Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid are some of the greatest tales of all time,
Edith Hall Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
An excellent book, but a think piece, that requires frequent pauses to reflect and absorb what has just been written. This is a review of the principal thoughts of Aristotle, recapitulated for modern times.

Reviews of Books about the Netherlands, and Greece


The Dinner
A dark psychological story about teenagers in which two families come together for a meal in an Amsterdam restaurant

Herman Koch

(December 18, 2015,)


Athenian Blues
.In this tale set in Greece, we meet Stratos Gazis, who likes to refer to himself as a caretaker. He can't stand to be called a hitman. In his mind, he is providing justice for both his victims and his clients.
Pol Koutsakis

(March 14, 2019,)
Escape from Smyrna
This is a great book for those who want to get caught up in another time and place. All in all, I felt like Mr. Gates had taken me on a wonderful trip to a mesmerizing part of the world.

by hazrles Gatges

(December 15, 2015)


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