M. Gallet décédé (Inspector Maigret, Book 3)

By Georges Simenon

«La toute première prise de touch entre le commissaire Maigret et le mort, avec qui il allait vivre des semaines durant dans los angeles plus déroutante des intimités, eut lieu le 21 juin 1930 en des circonstances à l. a. fois banales, pénibles et inoubliables.
Inoubliables surtout parce que, depuis une semaine, l. a. Police judiciaire recevait word sur be aware annonçant le passage à Paris du roi d'Espagne pour le 21 et rappelant les mesures à prendre en pareil cas.
Or, le directeur de l. a. P.J. était à Prague, où il assistait à un congrès de police scientifique. Le sous-directeur avait été appelé dans sa villa de los angeles côte normande par l. a. maladie d'un de ses gosses.
Maigret était le plus ancien des commissaires et devait s'occuper de tout, par une chaleur suffocante[...]»

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Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

By Graham Robb

The New York Times bestseller: the secrets and techniques of the town of sunshine, published within the lives of the good, the near-great, and the forgotten—by the writer of the acclaimed The Discovery of France.

this can be the Paris you by no means knew. From the Revolution to the current, Graham Robb has distilled a sequence of marvelous precise narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the nice, the near-great, and the forgotten.

a tender artillery lieutenant, walking throughout the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their exchange. a selected lady catches his eye; nature takes its direction. Later that evening Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual come across. A well-dressed lady, fleeing the Louvre, takes a fallacious flip and loses her method within the anonymous streets of the Left financial institution. For wish of a map—there have been no trustworthy ones on the time—Marie-Antoinette will visit the guillotine.

Baudelaire, the photographer Marville, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of los angeles Boheme, Proust, Adolf Hitler traveling the occupied capital within the corporation of his generals, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of getting faked an assassination try out in Notre Dame)—these and plenty of extra are Robb’s solid of characters, and the settings variety from the quarries and catacombs underneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the town at the present time. the result's a resonant, intimate background with the facility of a superb novel. sixteen pages of full-color illustrations

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Bon Courage: Rediscovering the Art of Living (In the Heart of France)

By Ken McAdams

Three hundred and sixty five days and one onerous home-renovation into their marriage, Ken and Bing head to the French geographical region to have fun their long-delayed honeymoon, swearing they are getting out of the home-fixing company for stable. after they fall in love with the village of los angeles Montagne Noire, they locate themselves deciding to buy a fixer-upper and beginning everywhere again-but this time, in French! McAdams recounts their mishaps and misadventures with humor, shooting the essence of French village lifestyles, the awkwardness of being foreigners in a close-knit city, the couple's hilarious linguistic pratfalls, and the way the substantial project that threatens to rip their new marriage aside finally brings them nearer jointly and is helping them discover a position locally they've got grown to like.

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War Diaries: Notebooks from a Phoney War 1939-1940

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Through the phony warfare that preceded the invasion of France, among overdue 1939 and the summer time of 1940, the younger Jean-Paul Sartre was once stationed in his local Alsace as a part of a meteorological unit. He used his massive classes of spare time, among mundane tasks like looking at climate balloons, to make a chain of notes on philosophy, literature, politics, heritage and autobiography that expect the topics of his later masterpieces, and infrequently surpass them in literary verve and directness.

These warfare Diaries shape a portrait of Sartre in his such a lot excessive and fantastic part. With them the 20 th century’s so much striking and public thinker has supplied us with a becoming posthumous monument to his sincere and creativity.

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The Linguist and the Emperor: Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone

By Daniel Meyerson

The interpreting of the Rosetta stone was once one of many nice highbrow achievements of all time, unlocking the secrets and techniques of millions of years of Egypt’s historic civilization. but long ago centuries, the conditions surrounding this bravura feat of translation became shrouded in fable and secret. Now in his spellbinding booklet, Daniel Meyerson recounts the intense actual tale of the way the lives of 2 geniuses–the emperor Napoleon and the linguist Jean-François Champollion–converged in a leap forward that revolutionized our knowing of the past.

In this sweeping narrative, the haunting tale of the Rosetta stone–its discovery in a doomed conflict, the plot to safe it, the agonizing race to free up its secrets and techniques, and the soreness it looked as if it would inflict on all who touched it–reads just like the such a lot engrossing fiction. As counterpoint to the tales of the intense linguist and the visionary emperor, Meyerson interweaves the traditional stories of affection, intrigue, brutal loss of life, and awesome rebirth that have been hidden for hundreds of years at the partitions of Egyptian tombs–stories that Champollion eventually made available to the area.

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By Michael Crichton

In an Arizona wilderness a guy wanders in a daze, talking phrases that make no experience. inside of twenty-four hours he's useless, his physique rapidly cremated via his in simple terms identified affiliates. midway all over the world archaeologists make a stunning discovery at a medieval web site. all of sudden they're swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational company that has constructed an fabulous expertise. Now this workforce is set to get an opportunity to not learn the previous yet to go into it. And with heritage opened to the current, the useless woke up to the residing, those women and men will quickly locate themselves struggling with for his or her very survival–six hundred years in the past. . . .

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Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

By Hal Vaughan

This explosive narrative finds for the 1st time the stunning hidden years of Coco Chanel’s existence: her collaboration with the Nazis in Paris, her affair with a grasp undercover agent, and her paintings for the German army intelligence carrier and Himmler’s SS.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel used to be the excessive priestess of couture who created the glance of the fashionable girl. by means of the Twenties she had accrued a fortune and went directly to create an empire. yet her lifestyles from 1941 to 1954 has lengthy been shrouded in rumor and secret, by no means clarified by means of Chanel or her many biographers. Hal Vaughan exposes the reality of her wartime collaboration and her lengthy affair with the playboy Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage—who ran a undercover agent ring and said on to Goebbels. Vaughan items jointly how Chanel grew to become a Nazi agent, how she escaped arrest after the battle and joined her lover in exile in Switzerland, and how—despite suspicions approximately her past—she used to be in a position to go back to Paris at age seventy and rebuild the long-lasting condo of Chanel.


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