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Paris Hangover
Kirsten Lobe

Lauren Klein (now calling herself just Klein) has had enough of her New York City life, and she hops a plane for Paris. Once there, she must navigate a new language, a new culture and the French dating scene.

The Olive Farm: a Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France
Carol Drinkwater

The author and her husband purchase and renovate a rundown olive farm in the south of France. (Nonfiction)

The Collection: a novel
Gioia Diliberto

Set in Paris post WWI, the fictitious Isabelle works as a seamstress for Coco Chanel and must find her way in the ruthless world of couture fashion.

Brilliance
Rosalind Laker

At the end of the 19th century, Lisette is alienated from her father, but goes to live with him in Paris after her grandmother’s death. When a planned marriage does not happen, Lisette runs away and befriends a traveler who teaches her about slide projection and early moving pictures, leading to Lisette becoming one of the new century’s first film stars.

French Spirits: a House, a Village and a Love Affair in Burgundy
Jeffrey Greene

The author and his wife buy and refurbish a presbytery in the Burgundy region of France. (Nonfiction)

Sarah’s Key
Tatiana deRosnay

An American journalist moves to Paris and is determined to unearth the story of the Jewish family that lived in the apartment that she now occupies. The family was deported during the "Vel'd'Hiv" roundup during WWII.

Les Miserables
Victor Hugo

Frenchman Jean Valjean escapes from prison and pledges to care for a poor orphan girl in the early part of the 1800’s.

Murder in the Marais
Cara Black

When a woman is found murdered in a Jewish neighborhood in Paris with a swastika cut into her forehead, Aimee Leduc must infiltrate a neo-Nazi group to uncover the killer. (First in Aimee Leduc Investigations)

The Last Summer of the World
Emily Mitchell

Edward Steichen worked as an aerial photographer in France during World War I. In this historically based novel, Steichen is compelled to reflect on his life by the sights he sees in war.

A Year in Provence
Peter Mayle

The story of an English couple’s first year as homeowners in Provence, France. (Nonfiction)

Luncheon of the Boating Party
Susan Vreeland

This novel follows Auguste Renoir through the course of envisioning, preparing for and finally painting the 1880 work ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’.

Labyrinth
Kate Mosse

Alice Tanner is a volunteer on a dig site in the mountains of France. After she uncovers two deteriorating skeletons, she finds herself in danger. Paralleling this is the story of Alais, who lived in France 800 years earlier. Her crusader father asked her to protect a volume that held part of the secret of the Holy Grail.

My French Whore: a Love Story
Gene Wilder

LIt is 1918, and Paul Peachy decides to join the army. He ends up in France, but soon deserts, passing himself off as the German spy he was meant to question. He is treated like German royalty, and finds himself falling for a French courtesan even as his situation becomes more problematic

Abundance: a novel of Marie Antoinette
Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette’s life is fictionalized in this book, including her marriage to France’s future king, and her struggles against the rules and rituals of her formal life.

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
Sarah Turnbull

The Australian author documents her adjustment to a new life in Paris with her French fiancé. (Nonfiction)