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By Joseph Wechsberg. 1953
There were, and still are, great restaurants all over Europe, but the greater part of Blue Trout and Black Truffles…is devoted to the eatingplaces and vineyards of France. It is a vicarious experience to read about the culinary wonders of the notable establishments of another era that have become the last epicurean haven in this materialistic, mechanized world of fastfood chains and frozenfood dinners. Mr. Wechsberg reaches back to the twilight days of the Habsburg monarchy, when those splendid monuments to the haute cuisine in central Europe, Meissl and Schadn of Vienna and Gundel's of Budapest, were in their prime.
By Ben Aitken. 2022
An irreverent homage to the '95 travel classic, from the author of The Gran Tour In 2013, travel writer Ben…Aitken decided to follow in the footsteps of his hero - literally - and started a journey around the UK, tracing the trip taken by Bill Bryon in his classic tribute to the British Isles, Notes from a Small Island. Staying at the same hotels, ordering the same food, and even spending the same amount of time in the bath, Aitken's homage - updated and with a new preface for 2022 - is filled with wit, insight and humour. 'It would be wrong to view this book as just a highly accomplished homage to a personal hero. Aitken's politics, as much as his humour, are firmly in the spotlight, and Dear Bill Bryson achieves more than its title (possibly even its author) intended.' Manchester Review
By Zoran Pavlovic, Charles F. Gritzner, Zoran Pavlović. 2009
Surveys the history, culture, politics, economics, and geography of Iceland, England, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Greece, and other…countries on the European continent. Highlights the establishment of the European Union and its reorganization after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. For junior and senior high readers. 2006
By Ruth Ellen Gruber. 2009
Guide to hundreds of synagogues, cemeteries, Jewish communities, museums, Holocaust memorials and other sites of Jewish interest in fourteen eastern…European countries including the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. The author reflects on the legacy of World War II and postwar communism. Includes travel tips and resources. 2007
The author traveled fourteen thousand miles throughout France by bicycle to study the isolated villages that coalesced into one European…entity. Discusses mapmakers, who often risked death from superstitious provincials on their cartographic expeditions. Traces the roles of traders, migratory animals, and tourists in forming the nation. 2007
Prize-winning novelist recounts moving with his wife and six-month-old twin sons to Italy for a yearlong literary fellowship. Describes visiting…the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, and other historical sites; attending the vigil of Pope John Paul II; and learning Italian. Also discusses raising a family. 2007
By William Kornblum. 2022
Marseille, France’s sunny second city, is a beguiling place. A major Mediterranean port, it beckons to urban wanderers and anyone…enthralled by cities in all their multiplicity. Marseille’s ancient streets tell stories of fires, plagues, wars, decay, and regrowth. Waves of people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds have made their way there, and many have found homes for themselves. Although the city hosts visitors from around the world, France’s social and political fault lines are on full display. For all its charm, Marseille struggles to overcome its reputation for corruption and crime.William Kornblum—an eminent urban sociologist and a veteran traveler in the Francophone world—invites readers on an exploration of a changing city. Blending travelogue and social observation, he roams Marseille’s neighborhoods and regions in the company of writers, scholars, activists, and ordinary people. The living history of the city comes through in Kornblum’s character sketches and the stories that his guides tell. Relishing Marseille’s coasts and crags and reveling in its rich maritime culture, they discuss the political, social, and environmental challenges the city faces. Kornblum also draws connections with his hometown, New York City, which like Marseille is a deindustrialized port city increasingly dependent on the production and consumption of culture.Offering a captivating and thoughtful portrait of the city and its citizens, this book is for all readers who have ever wondered what makes Marseille so distinctive.
By Victor G. Ambrus, Geraldine McCaughrean. 1989
Recounts the feats and adventures of the legendary medieval Spanish hero El Cid--from his banishment from court to his battles…with the Moors in southern Spain to his capture of the stronghold of Valencia and his last journey. For grades 5-8. 1989
By Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt. 2008
Guide to sites and events around the world linked to famous authors such as Jane Austen, Pearl S. Buck, Agatha…Christie, James Joyce, Victor Hugo, Franz Kafka, Jack London, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain. Destinations include Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and Tolstoy's house-museum in Moscow. Provides contact information. 2008
Retiree Darlington describes the odyssey he and his wife Monica undertook with a problematic canal narrowboat named Phyllis May and…a boat-hating whippet dog called Jim. Against advice, they all traveled across the English Channel and down the Rhone River to the south of France. Some strong language. 2005
By Frances E Davey, Frances Davey. 2008
Examines the shift of borders across centuries in Western Europe as rulers and peasants fought over economics and religion. Discusses…influential leaders from Julius Caesar and Napoleon to the heads of the European Union. For grades 6-9. 2008
By Robert Macfarlane. 2008
Macfarlane recounts his journeys in search of the remaining "wild places" in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Describes his adventures…to remote islands, beaches, marshes, forests, and mountaintops as he simultaneously reflects on the interconnectedness of nature and humanity and his transformed understanding about the notion of "wildness." 2007
By Scott Huler. 2008
NPR contributor retraces the voyages of Trojan War hero Odysseus as recorded in Homer's The Odyssey (RC 43541). Huler recounts…his journey from Troy to Ithaca, which included visits to the Cyclops's cave, the strait of Messina, and the sirens' island. Ponders themes of ambition, love, and family. 2008
By Mary Considine. 2022
'In the January dark, a young man walks slowly into the sea. He can't see where he is going, but…he knows the island is calling...'Mary and Patrick's dream was to live in London, have 2.4 children, the nice house, the successful jobs. But life had other plans, and in one traumatic year that all came crashing down.Bruised and battered, Mary finds herself pulled towards Cornwall and dreams of St George's Island, where she spent halcyon childhood summers. So, when an opportunity arises to become tenants if they renovate the old Island House, they grab it with both hands.Life on the island is hard, especially in winter, the sea and weather, unforgiving. But the rugged natural beauty, the friendly ghosts of previous inhabitants, and the beautiful isolation of island life bring hope and purpose, as they discover a resilience they never knew they had.
By Caroline Montague. 2019
Love. War. Family. Betrayal.Italy, 1937. Alessandra Durante is grieving the loss of her husband when she discovers she has inherited…her ancestral family seat, Villa Durante, deep in the Tuscan Hills. Longing for a new start, she moves from her home in London to Italy with her daughter Diana and sets about rebuilding her life. Under the threat of war, Alessandra's house becomes first a home and then a shelter to all those who need it. Then Davide, a young man who is hiding the truth about who he is, arrives, and Diana starts to find her heart going where her head knows it must not.Back home in Britain as war breaks out, Alessandra's son Robert, signs up to be a pilot, determined to play his part in freeing Italy from the grip of Fascism. His bravery marks him out as an asset to the Allies, and soon he is being sent deep undercover and further into danger than ever before.As war rages, the Durante family will love and lose, but will they survive the war...?'Thoroughly engrossing' - Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey'Enthralling...An Italian Affair snares us in an ever-tightening circle of love and despair, secrets and forgiveness' - Joanna Lumley
By Sheila O'Flanagan. 2019
Should a woman be ready to forgive and forget to save her marriage? Roxy's not so sure... The riveting new…novel from No. 1 bestselling author Sheila O'Flanagan. Perfect for readers of Marian Keyes and Kerry Fisher. When Roxy comes home unexpectedly one day to give her husband Dave a lovely surprise, it's Roxy who gets shock of her life. And all she wants to do is run away. Roxy knows she has to face up to what's happened and decide: forgive and forget, or bring an end to a decade-long marriage. Surely the right thing is to get over it - that's what Dave thinks. After all, it's just one mistake... But Roxy finds it's not so simple. Especially when another secret starts to emerge. Her friends and family all know what they'd do - but they're not Roxy...'One of my favourite authors' Marian Keyes(P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd
By Martin Walker. 2016
'RICH IN ATMOSPHERE AND PERSONALTIY ... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO READ A BRUNO NOVEL WITHOUT GETTING HUNGRY' New York Times Bruno,…Chief of Police, star of the internationally bestselling series of Dordogne Mysteries, investigates the real-life disappearance of 'the most beautiful car ever made' in this compelling case for France's favourite cop The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic was called the most beautiful car of all time. Only four of them were ever built. A California museum paid $37 million for one; Ralph Lauren bought another; a third was smashed by a train at a level crossing. The fourth disappeared in France during World War 2. It was the car used by British racing ace, William Grover Williams, twice winner of the French and Monaco Grand Prix, who became an undercover agent in Occupied France. The latest adventure in the Bruno series of mystery novels starts from this true story. Two young men, both racing drivers with a passion for antique cars, compete to find new clues as to the car's hiding place in the Perigord region of France. When a local researcher turns up dead on Bruno's patch, and French intelligence starts investigating the use of classic car sales to launder money for funding Islamic terrorism, Bruno finds himself once more caught up in a case that reaches far beyond his small town and its people. With the bucolic charm and gourmet cooking that are the hallmarks of this series, Bruno's latest adventure finds him falling in love again as he races to find the murderer and to track down the fate of the most beautiful car ever made.(P)2016 WF Howes Ltd
By Nicholas Jubber. 2019
Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2020Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe exploring Europe's…epic poems, from the Odyssey to Beowulf, the Song of Roland to the Nibelungenlied, and their impact on European identity in these turbulent times. These are the stories that made Europe.Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent's most enduring epic poems to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they have since shaped us. The great European epics were all inspired by moments of seismic change: The Odyssey tells of the aftermath of the Trojan War, the primal conflict from which much of European civilisation was spawned. The Song of the Nibelungen tracks the collapse of a Germanic kingdom on the edge of the Roman Empire. Both the French Song of Roland and the Serbian Kosovo Cycle emerged from devastating conflicts between Christian and Muslim powers. Beowulf, the only surviving Old English epic, and the great Icelandic Saga of Burnt Njal, respond to times of great religious struggle - the shift from paganism to Christianity. These stories have stirred passions ever since they were composed, motivating armies and revolutionaries, and they continue to do so today.Reaching back into the ancient and medieval eras in which these defining works were produced, and investigating their continuing influence today, Epic Continent explores how matters of honour, fundamentalism, fate, nationhood, sex, class and politics have preoccupied the people of Europe across the millennia. In these tales soaked in blood and fire, Nicholas Jubber discovers how the world of gods and emperors, dragons and water-maidens, knights and princesses made our own: their deep impact on European identity, and their resonance in our turbulent times.(P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
By Julien Sandrel. 2018
Open your heart to the most life-affirming and uplifting novel of the year...Thelma and Louis, it's always just been the…two of them, Thelma and her beloved son, Louis.But when Louis is involved in an accident, their lives are turned upside down, as Louis falls into a coma. Feeling lost without him by her side, Thelma finds Louis' book of wonders - a bucket list of all the things he wants to accomplish in his life. She suddenly sees a way to feel close to him: she will fulfil Louis' dreams, living them out for him, in the hope that it will inspire him to survive.Thelma is about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime... and in a way, so is Louis...The Book of Wonders is a heart-warming and charming story about finding the joy in every moment of life and making each and every day count. Perfect for fans of The Keeper of Lost Things and A Man Called Ove.
By Martin Walker. 2017
'ENCHANTING COUNTRY MYSTERIES THAT EMBODY THE SUBLIME PHYSICAL BEAUTY OF THE DORDOGNE' New York Times In this latest mouthwatering mystery…starring French country cop, Bruno, the body of a woman is found outside a cave beneath the ruined Templar chateau of Commarque in the heart of the Dordogne. She died of a broken neck. An accidental fall, or was she pushed? The victim carries no identification and her fingerprints are not known to the French Police or Interpol.The only clue to the woman's identity is that her dentistry looks American, but Bruno's inquiries at local hotels and gites yield no trace of a missing foreign woman. The chateau of Commarque, begun in the 11th century, was founded by a Bishop of Sarlat and entrusted to the Knights Templar. In the rocks beneath it are caves. It is one of the few Templar sites in France that has never been associated with the fabled hidden treasure of the Templars - never until now, when a local journalist publishes a sensational story around the unknown woman's death and a centuries-old mystery looks like it might finally be solved...(P)2017 WF Howes Ltd