Reviews and Blog Posts: France

Allo 'allo. The complete series one

DPL Rating:
4

I grew up in a former British colony and in the 80s we only had one television station so you had no choice but to watch whatever was on (unless of course you rented a movie or something). This show came on at night and was hugely popular. I recently started...

Women heroes of World War II : 26 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue

by Kathryn J Atwood

Kathryn J. Atwood's Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue is a good place for older kids and teens to start their research into the European theater of the war, but it by no means gives a complete picture even of the women it features,...

The Class

    Teaching is a tough profession for new graduates and seasoned veterans. Francois is a French teacher to students in the suburbs of Paris. Almost all his students have origins in France's former colonies in Africa and the Caribbean.  He finds that culture clashes influence the way he must...

The elegance of the hedgehog

by Muriel Barbery

DPL Rating:
4

The hedgehog is "covered in quills, a real fortress...a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary - and terribly elegant." So says the precocious twelve year old Paloma Josse in reference to her building's concierge, a middle-aged nobody named Renee Michel, though the sentiment could just as easily refer to her.

Mastering the art of French eating : lessons in food and love from a year in Paris

by Ann Mah

DPL Rating:
5

The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in...

Apricots on the Nile : a memoir with recipes

by Colette Rossant

DPL Rating:
3

First of two memoirs, Colette recalls her childhood in Cairo and those she loved while there. When her father dies, Colette lives with her grandparents while her distant mother comes in and out of her life. Colette's story is enhanced with a sampling of recipes from an interwar Cairo. I...

Minette's feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat

by Susanna Reich

DPL Rating:
5

This lovely picture book introduces kids to Julia Child via her cat, Minette. Wonderful vocabulary (including lots of French words--pronunciation guide in the back), beautiful illustrations by Amy Bates, and even  great Afterword and Notes sections talking about source. This book will delight anyone who is interested in cats, food,...

I've loved you so long

DPL Rating:
5

I would recommend this movie just for the swimming pool alone, which is huge and donut-shaped.

If you didn't wake up singing the Marseillaise, c'est la vie

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The lush Loire Valley, fragrant pain au chocolat, soaring Eiffel Tower, and haute couture may be thousand miles away. A good read for the Francophile is not.

Beacoup fiction, travelogues, and memoirs abound with French and Parisian themes:

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