Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

Written by Franck Prévot; Aurélia Fronty (Illustrator); Dominique Clément (Translator)
The story of Nobel Peace Prize winning environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai is beautifully told by the words of Franck Prévot and the illustrations of Aurélia Fronty, from Maathai's childhood to the political fight of the movement she initiated — the Green Belt Movement. A standout tribute to Maathai’s perseverance and hard-won successes. READ MORE

Guys Like Me

Written by Dominique Fabre; Howard Curtis (Translator)
Dominique Fabre, born in Paris and a lifelong resident of the city, exposes the shadowy, anonymous lives of many who inhabit the French capital in a quiet, subdued tale. Set in palpably real Paris streets that feel miles away from the City of Light, "Guys Like Me" is a stirring novel of regret and absence, yet not without a glimmer of hope. READ MORE

There Are Two Sexes: Essays in Feminology

Written by Antoinette Fouque; David Macey and Catherine Porter (Translators)
"Two Sexes" introduces to English-speaking readers the French psychoanalyst Antoinette Fouque, who cofounded the "Mouvement de Libération des Femmes" (MLF) in France in 1968. An invaluable title to understand how this intellectual and political puzzle was formed by what was called "French Feminism" some decades ago. READ MORE

Irreversible

Written by Tim Palmer
This first book-length study of Gaspar Noé's movie "Irreversible" situates the film maker's work in the ecosystem of contemporary French media, exploring how "Irreversible" and a larger-scale cinéma du corps actually inspired France's film resurgence in the early twenty-first century. A comprehensive and multi-modal study by the Professor of Film Studies Tim Palmer. READ MORE

The Wound

Written by Laurent Mauvignier; David Ball and Nicole Ball (Translator); Nick Flynn (Foreword)
Throughout the acclaimed French writer Laurent Mauvignier's novel, we realize that the Algerian War, always present, always repressed, has sickened the emotional and moral life of everyone it touched — and France itself, perhaps. Wounded men become the wound itself. READ MORE

The Knight and His Shadow

Written by Boubacar Boris Diop; Alan Furness (Translator)
A brilliant tour de force, this book tells the tale of Lat-Sukabé’s quest to find his former lover, Khadidja. As Lat-Sukabé recounts his past with Khadidja, reality shapeshifts and takes on a dreamlike quality. A lyrical novel from a master of Senegalese literature, where postmodernist sensibilities meet postcolonial concerns . READ MORE

Nagasaki

Written by Éric Faye; Emily Boyce (Translator)
In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes. Indeed, food begins to go missing. This Académie Française prize‐winning novel is a moving tale of alienation in the modern world. READ MORE

Free Jazz / Black Power

Written by Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli; Grégory Pierrot (Translator)
This treatise on the racial and political implications of jazz and jazz criticism remains a testimony to the long ignored encounter of radical African American music and French left-wing criticism. A classic volume that developed a radical new understanding of free jazz and African American culture. READ MORE

Happy Are the Happy

Written by Yasmina Reza; John Cullen (Translator)
The internationally acclaimed playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza stages a band of eighteen characters at war with their lives, with only humor to sustain them. A spiky, brilliantly observed novel about marriage, infidelity, dreams and disillusion. READ MORE

D'UN MONDE À L'AUTRE

Written by GILLES CLAVEL
Gilles Clavel's new book, "Worlds" is published this month, in French and English simultaneously. It is a collection of two short stories and a novel, where love and time contend with each other. Grab a copy and explore the paths of life in French or English! READ MORE

Street View

Written by Pascal Rabaté
A visually incomparable treat and a brilliant homage to Hitchcock’s "Rear Window", this unusual accordion book presents a view onto the life of a street with its multitude of on-going stories developing before your eyes. READ MORE

Letter to Jimmy

Written by Alain Mabanckou; Sara Meli Ansari (Translator)
Published on the 20th anniversary of James Baldwin’s death, the book is African writer Alain Mabanckou’s ode to his literary hero and an effort to place Baldwin’s life in context within the greater African diaspora. A beautiful homage to a writer who remains a major African American voice almost 27 years after his death. READ MORE

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