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The Boss Dog

For those of us who know Aix-en-Provence well, this story evokes happy memories, with the Cours Mirabeau, Les Deux Garçons, the tiny Passage Agard and the Place du Palais du Justice. With the "boss dog" of course passing through each of the nicely-written vignettes. By M. K. F. Fisher. A fictional story of an American woman and two young daughters living in Aix-en-Provence. M.F.K. Fisher; Pantheon Books; ISBN 0 679 73860 6. Paperback. 120 pages

The Collected Traveler: Provence

An anthology of the South of France, collected by Barrie Kerper. Includes a lot of interesting, and often unusual, information beyond that of most guidebooks. Three Rivers Press, 2001; Paperback

Companion Guide to the South of France

Index. Some black and white photos. Archibald Lyall; Collins, 1978; first published edition 1963. US edition 1983 by Prentice Hall.; Softback version (1986) 268 pages

The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean

(Paperback) by Joel Stratte-McClure
"This is a wonderful story of a journey through a fascinating part of the world, through time and history, and best of all, a story of people. I learned much about the parts lands that were new to me, and it gave me a new vision of the coast of France that I thought I knew so well." [by Beyond]

Insight Guide: The French Riviera

APA Insight Guide series.

The Magic of Provence: Pleasures of Southern France

By Yvone Lenard. Elysian Editions; (English) 324 pages, hardcover;

The Most Beautiful Village of Provence

A beautiful hardcover book of amazing Provencal villages, by Michael Jacobs and Hugh Palmer. (Hardcover)

The Most Beautiful Villages of France

The English equivalent of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France". Includes section to rear on Protected Villages of each department. Excellent photos. Includes section on Hill Villages. Dominique Reperant; Thames and Hudson 1990; 223 pages

The Olive Farm: a memoir of life, love, and olive oil in the south of France

An evocative narrative describes how the author purchased and developed an abandoned olive farm in Provence. Carol Drinkwater; Woodstock/Overlook Press 2001

The Olive Season: amour, a new life, and olives too

A sequel to "Olive Farm: a memoir of life, love, and olive oil in the south of France". Carol Drinkwater; Little Brown 2003. 337 pages

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

A nicely presented guide to the "official" Most Beautiful Villages of France. (See Beyond's Most Beautiful Villages page.) Reader's Digest; ISBN 2-7098-1222-3. (French)

The Portraits of the Riviera

Both French and Italian Riviera. Not just coastal. By Carolyn Mckenziea , a New Zealander living in Ventimiglia Alta. Combines personal anecdotes with fact pages. Some colour photos. Includes own References. Penguin (NZ); ISBN 9780143019114. Paperback. 252 pages

Provence & the French Riviera, by Rick Steves

Strolling Through Old Nice

Two women who do an outstanding tour of Old Nice (in English and French) published a neat booklet on Nice, and referred to this tour. Catherine Ungar & Marcella Viale; Editions Gilletta in Nice

Toujours Provence

Peter Mayle - Also very popular, one of Mr. Mayle's many follow-on books about life in Provence.

Tour de Provence

Attractive photos. Includes index and its own Suggested Reading list. By Julian More. Pavilion 2001; Landscape format. 192 pages

Two Towns in Provence

by M.F.K. Fisher (author of The Boss Dog). The "two towns" were orginally published as "Map of Another Town" and "A Considerable Town", about Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. A personal and insightful view of life in the South of France.

Village in the Vaucluse: Accouont of LIfe in a French Village

Social life and customs in western Provence, with its sociological analysis; includes photos. By Laurence Wylie Also published in French as: "Un Village du Vaucluse", par Laurence Wylie. Published Gallimard 1968. 409 pages. Harvard UP 1977, '74, '64, '57. 390 pages

A Wild Herb Soup: the life of a French countrywoman

An insightful description of life in a traditional back-country village. Translated from: Soupe aux Herbes Sauvages. By Emillie Carles. Also published as: A Life of Her Own: a country-woman in twentieth-century France, by Rutgers UP 1991. Emilie Carles; Victor Gollancz 1991. 271 pages

Wonderful Provence

By Lionel Hernic, Herve Champollion, and Angela Moyon Editions Ouest-France 1993 and 1999; Paperback. 124 pages

A Year in Provence

Peter Mayle - A very popular book, if somewhat controversial with local residents. Responsible for a wide interest in Provence.