French Lifestyle Books
There is a “je ne sais quoi” style in French design, home decor and traditions. These books highlight the personal approaches to the art of living, unique decor for entertaining, and the nuances of the French language.
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In her second book, Jamie Beck tempts the reader with stunning Provencal landscapes and magnificent French gardens while celebrating the soft floral details. The Flowers of Provence is a romance with the plant life through the seasons in Provence.
Sharon Santoni lives in the Normandy countryside with her husband and dogs. Born in England, she has lived in Northern France for years. Santoni embraces the art de vivre lifestyle in her books My French Country Home and My Stylish French Girlfriends.
Exquisitely illustrated, Living in Provence is written in three languages: English, French and German. It is the work of Barbara and Rene Stoelite, a writer and a photographer, respectively, who began their careers as artists and gallery owners and collaborated on interior design articles for publications such as Vogue, Country Living, and House Beautiful. To read Mary-Jane Deeb’s full book review, click here.
The Christmas Kalends of Provence by Thomas Allibone Janvier was first published in 1902 and many times since. It is a delightful tale of a Christmas visit by Janvier, an American journalist and writer of Provençal descent, to a friend, the Count de Vielmur, in his chateau located “on the westward slope of the Alpilles, overlooking Arles and Tarascon and within sight of Avignon, near the Rhone margin of Provence.” Read the full review here.
When The Anglo-French Exchange landed on my doorstep, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Dr. Allswell E. Eno’s first book. At over 700 pages, this manuscript is not for holiday goers who want to order off a menu when they visit Provence. Instead, The Anglo-French Exchange is a reference guide for intermediate-level speakers (English or French) who wish to take their language skills to the next level of proficiency. This book is designed so native speakers of either language can use it.