JULY 28, 2014

Cooling down with Frosty Reads

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Some like it hot… but not this hot. The muggy air and heat wave are so passé. Canadian, Siberian and French winter settings cool our summer fevers.

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JULY 23, 2014

The Art of Laziness

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Lackadaisical, carefree, dallying, indolent and idle desires run (or rather trudge) wild in this week’s summer reads selection.

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JULY 16, 2014

Chilling Crime Fiction & Mystery Novels

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

If you thought detective stories were invented in the US, then think twice. The French also have talented writers who know all about schemes and mystery, and we did some plotting of our own…

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JULY 14, 2014

Audio Boom: Musical Titles & Audiobooks

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

From our ancestral oral storytelling roots to the now-all-written world, we return to our traditions to listen once again to the deep voices of international griots narrating great stories…on audiobooks.

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JULY 14, 2014

Pierre Guyotat's Formation: Childhood, Awakening and Self-Writing

By Patrick Lyons

Pierre Guyotat's Formation (2007) remains the missing link, according to Patrick Lyons, for the completion of the French author's multivolume (and largely already-translated) autobiographical installment.

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JULY 10, 2014

14th of July: Revolution Day

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Rather than eating “cake” on Bastille day (as Marie-Antoinette would say), enjoy these saucy titles by some of our most gripping writers, who either made history or played with it.

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JULY 8, 2014

Gentle Giants Cross the Atlantic: Summer Reads for Ele-fans

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Pomelo, Babar and Marcel cross the Atlantic for a stampede of elephantastic literature.

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JULY 1, 2014

Struck by Love: French Summer Love Stories

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Is it true that "the French invented love," as Marilyn Yalom puts it? Feast your eyes and hearts upon some of the most beautiful love stories of all time.

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JULY 1, 2014

4th of July: Emancipation Proclamations!

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

A colorful Independence Day parade of books: delve into this patriotic selection covering U.S. history, identity, and societal shifts for the holiday. Take these with you to your BBQ or for the train ride home after a fireworks’ display.

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JUNE 27, 2014

Candy Crush Thrown Away for Reads on the Subway

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Do you find yourself spending more time than you would like to admit on Candy Crush? Well, instead of devouring those digital candies, get to reading these delicious books, perfect for your commute.

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JUNE 26, 2014

Just for Kicks

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

For this summer’s 2014 World Cup season, we found three titles for diehard football fans, those “tag-along” friends, and anyone else interested in taking a dip into the creative pool of the current soccer frenzy.

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JUNE 25, 2014

Best Summer Reads

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Too hot, too cold, too angry, too quiet, too busy, too lonely? We have the solutions here! Fun, fear and passion await. Each week, we will post thematic lists of great titles so you can let your bookworming desires run wild.

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JUNE 25, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #18

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

The last French Fiction Fridays for the summer deals with growing pains. Faïza Guène draws portraits of characters afraid of the ticking clock and social constraints keeping them from growing up as who they aspire to become. Lola Lafon's fairy-like gymnast Nadia Comaneci is petrified at the idea of having to grow up and destroying the myth she has become. Time-flying phobics, be warned!

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JUNE 24, 2014

Khan's L'Echarde, Lenoir's Le Christ philosophe and Caraës' Images de pensée

By Jeremy Mercer

Jeremy Mercer has, as he calls it, "that gleam" in the eye for several translation babies. On his dream list for My French Library: Madeleine Kahn's L'Echarde, awarded the Prix Littré in 2001 (Editions des Ecrivains); Frédéric Lenoir’s Le Christ philosophe (Points, 2014); and Images de Pensée co-authored by Marie-Haude Caraës and Nicole Marchand-Zanartu (RMN, 2011).

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JUNE 23, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #17

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Fast-paced Bohemian style adventures are on the menu for this French Fiction Fridays’ special. Full of self-aware angst and quirky conundrums, these stories offer heart-felt illustrations of the all-too-human conflicting passions of life, nostalgia, and reconciliation.

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JUNE 12, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #16

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

In this week's selection, hearts flutter and desires surge. French Fiction Fridays heats up with a rare freedom unfolding the beautiful mysteries of the body and mind, while featuring an account of wild and scandalous rebellion. A lustrous rock'n'roll ride!

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JUNE 4, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #15

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

This week's French Fiction Fridays selection embarks on a journey into a darker territory of suspense. The weak-hearted be warned, these two thrilling novels are shrouded by mysterious, cold chambers and ambivalent airs. No character is to be trusted this week as plots thicken and turn, facing potential danger at every corner.

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JUNE 3, 2014

Antoine Sylvère's Toinou: Le cri d'un enfant auvergnat

By Steven Rendall

Professor Emeritus, editor and renowned translator Steven Rendall gives us his view on the spellbinding tale Toinou, featuring a presentation of translated excerpts. The novel is the real story of a peasant child, later a member of the Resistant movement, in rural France of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Toinou has lucid eyes which see everything, and remember all of the atrocities of a society divided by class. It is the cry, and call, of a tender but very brave child.

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MAY 29, 2014

French Fiction Fridays #14

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Two first novels are brought to you this week to venture into the everyday lives of not so ordinary people. Discover underlying fears of the unsaid in these stories about writing and the difficulty of building and keeping relationships.

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MAY 23, 2014

Poe, Poetry, and the Marquis de Sade

By John Galbraith Simmons

Novelist and nonfiction author John Galbraith Simmons tells us about his translation of the long neglected uncannily philosophical novel by Marquis de Sade, Aline and Valcour.

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