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Guide Books

For a good overall guide to France, we suggest from the Eyewitness series:

Eyewitness Guide to France
Dorling Kindersley Publishers, February 2003
ISBN 078949387X

Coming April 2006, also from Dorling Kindersley
Eyewitness Guide to the Dordogne and Southwest France
ISBN 0756615399

A good general guide is:

The MICHELIN Green Guide: Dordogne, Berry, Limousin

And two of our favorites:

Lonely Planet: Southwest France
ISBN 1864503823

The Rough Guide to the Dordogne and the Lot- Second Edition
May 2004
ISBN 1843532484


Non-fiction narratives:

La France Gourmande: A Food Lovers Guide to French Fairs and Festivals
Marolyn Charpentier
Pavillion Books
ISBN 1862053723

A Goose in Toulouse
Mort Rosenbloom
North Point Press
June 2002
ISBN 086547654

Fort Towns of France – The Bastides of the Dordogne and Aquitaine
James Bentley
Tauris Parke Books 1993
ISBN 1850436088

The Most Beautiful Villages of the Dordogne
James Bentley
Thames and Hudson, 1996
ISBN 0500542015

Life and Food in the Dordogne
James Bentley
January 1990
First American Edition
ISBN 0941533042

Three Rivers of France – Dordogne, Lot, Tarn
Freda White
The classic book of this area, originally published in 1952
(There are several out of print editions of this, so best to search online)


More non-fiction, fiction and poetry:

To really give the flavor of what life is like in this region now and to some extent
carrying over from the early 1950's we can suggest two lovely narrative non fiction books:

From Here You Can't See Paris
Michael S. Sanders
Perennial Books, October 2003
ISBN 0060959207

The Generous Earth
Philip Oyler
Pallas Editions in conjunction with
Ostara Publishing,  2001
ISBN 1873429665
Originally published in 1950, now available from Longitude Books on line.

For evocative poetry and fiction on the area, may we suggest :

Eternity's Woods
by Paul Zweig
Wesleyan University Press
ISBN 0819561347

This may be out of print but possibly available on line through a used book source. Zweig, who was born on Bastille Day in 1935, felt his "deepest sense of place" in France where he lived part of each year in the Dordogne. 

Another wonderful book, recently republished is

The Lost Upland – Stories of Southwestern France
by W. S. Merwin
Shoemaker & Hoard
republished in 2005
ISBN 1593760337


And What About the French?

We have enjoyed the observations made by long time American ex- pat Polly Platt.
Check out her two amusing and interesting books about the French point of view.

French or Foe?
Getting the Most out of Visiting, Living and Working in France

3rd Edition-May 2003
ISBN 0-9646684-2-4
Culture Crossings, Ltd

Savoir Flair!
211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French

ISBN 0-9646684-1-6
Culture Crossings, Ltd.


The French
Theadore Zeldin
ISBN 1568361572
Kodansha Globe, November 1996

Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French
Richard Bernstein
ISBN 0452266785
Plume Books October, 1991

French Toast
Harriet Welty Rochefort
ISBN 0312199783
Thomas Dunne Book, 1998

French Fried
Harriet Welty Rochefort
ISBN 0312261497
Thomas Dunne Books, 2001

This is but a sampling of books that we have enjoyed.
We suggest an online search for other current and out of print treasures.