I adore this book, Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins! If you're looking for a fun teen romance involving international travel and lovable characters, this is it! Anna is an earnest, spunky Atlanta teen with a love for cinema. She dreams of becoming a film critic. She's also an endearing germophobe. Her BFF is a girl … Continue reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Historical fiction author Michelle Moran tackles the story of the famous wax sculptor, Madame Tussaud, in her novel, Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution. We meet Marie Grosholtz, later to become Madame Tussaud, as a Parisian woman in her late twenties. Since childhood, she was apprenticed by her mother’s employer and romantic partner, Curtius, to … Continue reading Madame Tussaud, A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
This is a very neat little retelling/fictitious diary of Marie Antoinette's younger years, and her days before she becomes the notorious Queen of France. The author uses her imagination to invent a childhood for Marie that girls today may relate to, and all the events leading up to her arranged marriage and the obscene pomp … Continue reading Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769
I decided to read Perfume by Patrick Süskind, based off of several recommendations from fellow readers. As the subtitle reveals, Perfume is indeed the story of a murderer, a young French psychopath, surnamed Grenouille. Born in the 1700s with a superhuman sense of smell, Grenouille masters the art of perfume-making and capturing odors. But when he … Continue reading Perfume by Patrick Suskind
Sena Jeter Naslund takes up the ambitious task of chronicling the life of Marie Antoinette, 18th century queen of France, in Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette. In this fictional journal/memoir, Naslund does not depict Marie Antoinette as the cold, vain and selfish queen as her reception has been throughout history. Rather, the young woman exposes … Continue reading Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
In a pious little French village in the 1960s, an unconventional, free-spirited single mother opens a chocolaterie during Lent. One-by-one, she changes and enriches the lives of the closed-off townspeople, infuriating the town's traditional mayor. This novel may appeal to chefs and chocolate lovers alike, and reads quite differently than the charming film based off of it.
I had a stint reading graphic novels in high school. It all started when I was eyeing the Persepolis books by Marjane Satrapi in my school library, planning on reading them as soon as I was on break, only to open them and be utterly dismayed that they were comic books. “Not comic books,” the … Continue reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi