For a good overall guide to France, we suggest from the Eyewitness series:
Eyewitness Guide to France
Dorling Kindersley Publishers, February 2003
Coming April 2006, also from Dorling Kindersley
Eyewitness Guide to the Dordogne and Southwest France
A good general guide is:
The MICHELIN Green Guide: Dordogne, Berry, Limousin
two of our favorites:
Lonely Planet: Southwest France
The Rough Guide to the Dordogne and the Lot- Second
La France Gourmande: A Food Lovers Guide to French Fairs and Festivals
A Goose in Toulouse
North Point Press
Fort Towns of France The Bastides of the Dordogne and Aquitaine
Tauris Parke Books 1993
The Most Beautiful Villages of the Dordogne
Thames and Hudson, 1996
Life and Food in the Dordogne
First American Edition
Three Rivers of France Dordogne, Lot, Tarn
The classic book of this area, originally published
(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
The Generous Earth
Pallas Editions in conjunction with
Ostara Publishing, 2001
Originally published in 1950, now available from Longitude Books on line.
For evocative poetry and fiction on the area, may we suggest :
by Paul Zweig
Wesleyan University Press
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
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
Culture Crossings, Ltd
211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French
Culture Crossings, Ltd.
Kodansha Globe, November 1996
Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French
Plume Books October, 1991
Harriet Welty Rochefort
Thomas Dunne Book, 1998
Harriet Welty Rochefort
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.