This is the second installment in a three-part series.
If you have been dreaming of spoonfuls of caviar and bottomless flutes of champagne, this reading list will help you satisfy that feeling of wanderlust — at least while you’re reading.
A Reading Guide For Our Fellow Francophiles
In Diane Johnson’s L’Affaire, a young girl named Amy heads to France hoping to find love and glamour after making money in Silicon Valley’s dot-com boom. While she’s there, Amy gets tangled up in the drama of another family and has to face some funny, complicated cultural differences.
2. A Year in Provence
Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, tells the story of his dream come true of moving into a 200-year-old farmhouse in a small French town with his family. He dives into the highlights of each month abroad for a lighthearted piece that’s part memoir, part travel book.
3.A Moveable Feast
A Moveable Feast is a posthumous memoir of Ernest Hemingway’s Parisian adventures during the 1920s. Along with stories of Hemingway’s family and his adventures with other famous writers, this modern, restored edition also includes his sketches of Paris and words from family members.
4. Almost French
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull is a 2004 travel memoir with a fish-out-of-water theme. In it, the Australian author navigates her way through the world’s most romantic city alongside her husband, struggling to fit into French culture, and learning to adopt some of the country’s customs.
5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
A critical success in France, Muriel Barbery’s novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, takes place in a posh Parisian apartment building. The book revolves around Renée, the concierge, and the 12-year-old Paloma, a young, privileged girl who lives in the building.
6. Paris Hangover
Paris Hangover by Kirsten Lobe, is a fun, flirty read that’s perfect for travel. It narrates the misadventures of a 30-something New Yorker who leaves behind her ex and a career in a hope to immerse herself in French culture and romance.
7. The Gospel According to Coco Chanel
Karen Karbo’s The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons From the World’s Most Elegant Woman, weaves details of Coco Chanel’s life and personal philosophies into sharp, charming theories about love, style, and career. With illustrations by Chesley McLaren, it’s a cheeky, thoughtful guide to living like the famous fashion icon.
Love all things French? Then don’t miss the various premiere showcases of French cinema at four different venues – The Capitol, GV Plaza Singapura, Alliance Française and The Projector.
Date: 10-20 Nov
Venue: Various venues