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A French Reading List For Your Inner Belle

A French Reading List For Your Inner Belle

Q: What's in a French Girl's handbag?
A: All the same crap that's in yours (receipts, keys, stray sticks of gum). The better question is what's on her bookshelf? Below, a collection of French-Girl reading recommendations to peruse, based on the authors you already know and love. (Now shhhh, we're trying to read.)


If you love: Jane Austen
You might like:
The Art of Sleeping Alone, by Sophie Fontanel

If you love: F. Scott Fitzgerald
You might like:
Mood Indigo by Boris Vian 

If you love: Shakespeare
You might like: The Misanthrope by Molière

If you love: Suzanne Collins
You might like:
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

If you love: Paulo Coelho
You might like:
The Man Who Wanted to be Happy by Laurent Gounelle

If you love: Oliver Sacks
You might like: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

If you love: Gillian Flynn
You might like: 
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

If you love: Gabriel García Márquez
You might like:
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

If you love: Yann Martel
You might like: Hector and the Search For Happiness by François Lelord

If you love: Leo Tolstoy
You might like:
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

If you love: JK Rowling
You might like:
The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome, by Serge Brussolo

If you love: Maya Angelou
You might like:
A Life by Simone Veil

If you love: George Orwell 
You might like:
2084: The End of the World by Boualem Sansal

If you love: Franz Kafka
You might like:
Submission by Michel Houllebecq

If you love: Vladimir Nabokov
You might like: Nana by Émile Zola

If you love: Haruki Murakami
You might like:
Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb

If you love: Roald Dahl
You might like:
My Brother Simple by Marie-Aude Murail, or The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you like: Food books that read like novels
You might like: 
The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta or The Food and Wine of France by Edward Behr

In Paris and looking for English books? Avoid the crowds at Shakespeare and Co—try San Francisco Book Company instead. (17 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006.)

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