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 Book Review: 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 Book Review: 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 Book Review: 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 Book Review: 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 Book Review: 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 Book Review: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
In the book rendition of The Phantom of the Opera, later to be converted into the famous play, there is nothing supernatural about the Phantom. He's really just sort of a weirdo, named Erik, who devised a bunch of special effects and secret passages in the opera house. An odd yet original and imaginative novel for … Continue reading Book Review: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Lereux
A well-known piece of French Existential literature about a man coping with the death of his mother. While fairly readable for its simplicity, it's a rather bleak read.
It is 1763, and Lozette, or "Zettie," is the African servant to a French family in Province. She was bought to be a companion to Marie-Louise ("Ree") Boyer. Companion slaves were somewhat elite, as they are well-educated, well-dressed, and taught the same as their masters, to make them fit for the company of the upper-class. … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: Look to the Hills, The Diary of Lozette Moreau, A French Slave Girl (New York Colony, 1763) by Patricia McKissack
Simone Spencer is DA's oldest narrator at eighteen years old. Born to a fairly well-to-do family in New York City with an American father and French mother, Simone is bilingual in the English and French languages. After she graduates high school, Simone learns that all American men between the ages of 21 and 30 are … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: When Christmas Comes Again, The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (New York City to the Western Front, 1917) by Beth Seidel Levine