My Library

You can find a complete listing of my personal-favorite, French-themed books (and other useful items for a visit there) on my French Travel Books Wishlist at You will find  many of these books in my library at Maison d'Être, a few of which are listed below…


Historical Fiction, Mysteries and Novels:

  • Daughters of the Grail by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  • The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher
  • The Deadly Slipper
  • Five Quarters of the Orange
  • Chocolat

Travel Books:

  • The Lot: Travels Through a Limestone Landscape in Southwest France by Helen Martin
  • Lazy Days out in the Dordogne and Lot
  • The Road From the Past: Traveling Through History in France by Ina Caro


  • France by Bike by Karen Whitehall
  • French Revolutions
  • The TDF for Dummies

Non Fiction:

  • Three Rivers of France
  • The French by Theodore Zeldin
  • The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War by Graham Robb
  • A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome: Daily Life, Mysteries and Curiosities by Alberto Angela
  • Undiscovered France
  • Hidden France: an Insiders guide to the Most Beautiful Villages of France
  • The Most Beautiful Villages of France by Dominique Reperant
  • A Castle in the Backyard by Betsy Draine


  • Families of the Vine: Seasons Among the Winemakers of Southwest France by Michael Sanders


  • One Hundred and One Beautiful Towns in France: Food & Wine by Yvon Busson
  • Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne
  • Savoring the Past: The French Kitchen and Table from 1300 to 1789 by
  • The Cooking of Southwest France: A Collection of Traditional and New Recipes from France’s Magnificent Rustic Cuisine, and New Techniques to Lighten Hearty Recipes by Paula Wolfert
  • French Cheese

Interior Design:

  • French Home by Jospehine Ryan
  • Essentlially French: Homes with Classic French Style by Josephine Ryan

French DVDs You May Wish to stream on line

  • The Return of Martin Guerre (Le retour de Martin Guerre) ~ Gérard Depardieu
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams ~ Werner Herzog
  • Queen to Play ~ Kevin Kline
  • Priceless ~ Audrey Tautou
  • Coco Before Chanel ~ Audrey Tautou
  • Au revoir les enfants (The Criterion Collection) Gaspard Manesse
  • La Vie en Rose ~ Marion Cotillard
  • Jean De Florette / Manon of the Spring (Double Feature) ~ Yves Montand
  • Camille Claudel ~ Isabelle Adjani
  • The Chorus (Les Choristes) ~ Gérard Jugnot
  • Avenue Montaigne ~ Albert Dupontel
  • The Horseman on the Roof ~ Juliette Binoche
  • Charlotte Gray ~ Cate Blanchett
  • The Dark Ages (The History Channel) ~ RJ Allison
  • The Plague (History Channel)
  • The French Revolution (History Channel) ~ Edward Herrmann