Reading list inspiration for travel
City and region specific
Books & eBooks
- Adventures on the Wine RouteView on Amazon The famed California-based importer recounts his adventures in France's vineyards. By Kermit Lynch.
- Existentialism: From Dostoevsky to SartreView on Amazon A thought-provoking anthology (and critique) of existentialist thinkers. By Walter Kaufmann.
- French Cheeses: The Visual Guide to More Than 350 Cheeses from Every Region of FranceView on Amazon A great resource for the not-to-be-missed course in every French meal. By Kazuko Masui and Tomoko Yamada.
- Great Gothic Cathedrals of France: A Visitor’s GuideView on Amazon A tour of twelve French cathedrals (most of which are located in and around Paris) that embody one of the major glories of Western civilization. By Stan Parry.
- Innocents AbroadView on Amazon A refreshing and funny travel narrative based on the famed author's writings from his 1867 steamship voyage to Europe, Egypt and the Holy Land. By Mark Twain.
- Mastering the Art of French EatingView on Amazon The author's personal story of regional French cuisine. By Ann Mah.
- Submission: A NovelView on Amazon One of the country's greatest living authors envisions a France in which the new Islamic party sweeps to power and Islamic law comes into force. Women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged. A powerful, funny and melancholic look at a major issue in the French life today. By Michel Houellebecq; translated by Lorin Stein.
- Talk to the SnailView on Amazon A humorous, quasi-practical guide to navigating the French. By Stephen Clarke.
- The Food of FranceView on Amazon A travel-oriented regional guide to France's foods. It also includes a bit of history and cultural context. By Waverley Root.
- The History of Western PhilosophyView on Amazon While not country-specific, this masterpiece puts all of the greats — the ancient Greeks and Romans, early Catholic philosophers, and the moderns — into context in a thoughtful, engaging and approachable style. By Bertrand Russell.
- The Road from the PastView on Amazon The author recounts the country's history, following a chronological itinerary. By Ina Caro.
- Tour de France 100: A Photographic HistoryView on Amazon Beautiful photos and illuminating text about one of the world's greatest races. By Richard Moore.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Afro-Europe in the World Cup”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com African players have come to the rescue of leading European football teams. By Laurent Dubois.
- “After Daguerre: Masterworks of France Photography”View on Metmuseum.org A discussion of the best works created after Daguerre's discovery of how to make images on silvered copper plates that were "drawn by the hand of the sun." By Bernard Marbot and Weston J Naef.
- “Ask an Academic: The Legacy of Vichy France”View on NewYorker.com Philip Nord, a professor of modern and contemporary history at Princeton, challenges the “Liberation myth,” arguing that the era represents “a denouement as much as a fresh start.” By James McAuley
- “Everybody Gets Popped”View on the London Review of Books website The drug-ridden sport of professional cycling and its quintessential race, the Tour de France. By David Runciman.
- “French Women Worry About Getting Fat Too”View on the NYTimes.com How dieting differs in France. By Susan Dominus.
- “L’Étranger”View on NewYorker.com Gérard Depardieu and France part ways. By Lauren Collins.
- “Scare Tactics: Michel Houellebecq Defends His Controversial New Book”View on theparisreview.org The author discusses his novel that posits France's election of its first Muslim president. By Sylvain Bourmeau.
- “Taking the Veil”View on NewYorker.com How France’s public schools became the battleground in a culture war. By Jane Kramer.
- “The Castaway”View on the London Review of Books website A profile of Albert Camus. By Jeremy Harding.
- “The French Obsession with National Suicide”View on NewYorker.com There are few things the French find more annoying than what they call “French bashing” — a term they use in English, despite their insistence on finding French equivalents for foreign words. By Alexander Stile.
- “France’s Troubled Romance with Beef”View on TheAtlantic.com Is French gourmet culture becoming less French? By Tanya Basu.
- “Why is Coffee in France La Merde?”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com Café culture, yes. Coffee culture, no. Why the French miss on coffee. By Anna Brones.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Patrick McGovern’s website at University of Pennsylvania MuseumVisit Penn.Museum An academic explores the origins of wine.
- Radio FranceVisit radiofrance.fr The country's public service radio broadcaster. Listen online in French.
- The ultimate app for wine enthusiastsVisit wine.approachguides.com Simply the best resource for learning about wine regions, appellations and grape varieties.
- World Bank | FranceVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
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Who to Follow
- Twitter: Alexander LobranoFollow @AlecLobrano Binge-reading, insatiably curious Paris-based food & travel writer. Author of Hungry for France (4-14) & Hungry for Paris, 2nd Ed (4-14).
- Twitter: Angela CharltonFollow @acharlton AP journalist, bureau chief, observer, traveller.
- Twitter: Lindsey TramutaFollow @LostNCheeseland Writer (CNT, NYT, WSJ, Afar), author of award-winning Lost In Cheeseland, Social Media Consultant.
- Twitter: The Paris ReviewFollow @parisreview Quarterly literary magazine founded in 1953.