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Look below for our most recent selections.

Ross Steele's When in France, Do as the French Do is a fun and intriguing book about pop culture, customs, behavior, history, literature, business and tons more, using a multiple-choice question method to bring you up to speed on the culture of France.

And of course who can resist a book entitled, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure, a breezy but purposeful look at how French women eat and stay slim... bien dans sa peau...not the least bit scientific, but has great recipes, solid advice, and an upbeat spirit.

Finally for this round, we mention two light tomes on the theme of chucking it all, moving to France, and falling in love: Almost French: Love And A New Life In Paris by Sarah Turnbull and Suzy Gershman's C'est la Vie : An American Conquers the City of Light, Begins a New Life, and Becomes--Zut Alors!--Almost French.

Another thank you, Miss B. Goode, for offering up this fascinating story of Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris. A true account of the 19th century travails and travels of a giraffe who is delivered by boat and on foot from the upper Nile to the Parc Zoologique in Paris.

More travel memoir books...

From my university days, I remember one of my French profs, Maurice Elton, bringing in a copy of  Mots D'Heures: Gousses, Rames: The D'Antin Manuscript and reading aloud to us from it. We were puzzled, we were baffled, we were intrigued, we were dazzled...you might be too. This tiny book is a classic of franglais.

Street French Slang Dictionary is a companion to the irreverent Street French series by David Burke, who has now added two more to his stable of everyday/everyway guides to realspeak:
   Street French 1 : The Best of French Slang
   Street French 2 : The Best of French...
   Street French 3 : The Best of Naughty...

More reference books...

And how about some music and cinema?

Putumayo's French Cafe includes performances by renowned French '60s icons like Serge Gainsbourg, Georges Brassens, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Barbara, and contemporary musicians who have been adding new energy, such as Paris Combo, Enzo Enzo, and Baguette Quartette. A great mix of old and new!

Coralie Clément, a young up-and-comer in France, sounds like a female Henri Salvador -- jazzy, kittenish, French sexy. Have a listen to her new CD, Salle Des Pas Perdus.




 


 


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Benabar is incredible...this young man may be the heir apparent to Brel, Brassens and Aznavour. We got his self-titled CD as a gift from a young friend and love it! His whiskey-voice, clever lyrics, and cabaret-style music make for a great combination. His Les Risques Du Metier appears to be just as good, and available as an import here in the US.

French chanson, gypsy swing and hipster cool come together in the latest from Paris Combo, Attraction.

More music selections...
 

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have great chemistry and are great to look at as well in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. The Paris of the sequel is intimate, personal. And there is now a Before Sunset and Before Sunrise soundtrack from both films, with classical pieces and contributions from Nina Simone and Julie Delpy, an accomplished artist herself.

More DVD & video suggestions...





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