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bob-mustin's picture
Aug.10.2012
The French reading public hasn't become enamored of e-books to the degree U.S. readers have. In fact, from 2003 to 2011 print book sales in France increased by 6.5%. The reason? The French government subsidizes book stores there. This says a lot about both the value France puts on tradition and...
suellen-ocean's picture
Aug.01.2012
The French Revolution had two things in common with America today. One, there was a resentment toward the wealthy and two; at the time there were tremendous changes and discoveries in science and technology. By 1789 the peasants had been miserable for ages and there was a lot of jealousy over the...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jul.20.2012
I don't imagine they call him Prince William for nothing. I think we can all rest assured that Prince William is indeed a descendant of Duke William of Normandy. The Norman flag had an iconic cross that today shows prominently upon the Queen's diamond crown.   The Normans who invaded England...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jul.17.2012
We love our bluejeans. The French have given us many words and two of them are denim and jeans. It all starts when Levi Strauss began making trousers for Goldminers during the 1800's. The sturdy trousers were made from hemp that Strauss obtained from Nimes, France. The French called their cloth, "...
holly-weiss's picture
Jun.29.2012
Michelle Moran explored the French Revolution years in her popular MadamTussaud. Her new novel, The Second Empress:  A Novel of Napoleon’s Court revives the next chapter in French history.  The story opens in the year 1809 and covers the latter part of Emperor Napoleon’s reign.  ...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.25.2012
Writing in and for the dominant - arguably - culture of the world (that be English speaking and reading) we might tend to forget about other cultures. Whereas in North America one can no longer use the (or, even, a) book store as a touchstone or a mile stone, in France things are different....
steven-belanger's picture
Jun.06.2012
photo: cover of French version, second edition, from the book's Wikipedia page   Very effective book--about the French populace not recognizing the culpability of the French police being the Nazi's stooges in 1942--that would have been great without the emphasis on the present-day...
bob-mustin's picture
May.12.2012
  image via goodreads.com The Divorce of Henry VIII - - The Untold Story From Inside The Vatican, by Catherine Fletcher. One of the slams against history, one that fiction often attempts to solve, is that history texts, research papers, biographies, and history-as-consumer-nonfiction often...
steven-belanger's picture
Mar.24.2012
  photo: Poster, from the movie's Wikipedia page   I wanted to see the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, and I knew I had to see it fast before it left the theatre, as this is in the theatre now only because of its Oscar wins.  I can't comment...
j-p-smith's picture
Mar.22.2012
My review at The Nervous Breakdown of Claude Lanzmann's memoir. He made the nine-and-half-hour documentary Shoah, and much of this book is devoted to how he made it and the response to it worldwide.  http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/jpsmith/2012/03/review-of-the-patagonian-hare-by-claude-...