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Découverte de la France
An enhanced travel and discovery collection that will help you plan your next trip to France and learn more about the history and geography of the regions of France. This section is located in the main reading room. More Info.

Vive la Différence : Regards Croisés
A selection of titles that investigate the cultural comparisons between French and American lifestyles and manners. This section is located across from the circulation desk. More Info.

Saveurs des Terroirs
A section on gastronomy and wine, including a wide range of cookbooks. This section is located in the main reading room. More Info.

Livres sonores
Audio books are located across from the circulation desk. For your convenience, we now offer the corresponding book for many unabridged titles, located on the shelves directly below the audio books.

 

Découverte de la France

Travel to France Section

Do you have a passion for Provence?  Are you riveted by the Riviera? Does your heart beat faster in front of a Parisian pastry shop window?  If so, you can exercise your love of the French countryside and its vibrant cities, plan for your next trip to France, and learn more about the history and geography of the regions of France in the Haskell Library’s collection, “Découverte de la France.”

In this section, you will find books and information on travel and tourism in France.  In addition, you can discover the French touch of elegance in all the latest trends in art and culture, fashion and shopping, beauty and well-being, hotels and nightlife, architecture, museums and historical sites, nature and gardens, sports and leisure. In order to guide your path to the “Discovery of France” section, books are arranged by the 22 regions of France, from Brittany to Languedoc-Roussillon, and are accompanied by maps and visual guides.

The “Découverte de la France” section is located immediately to the right upon entering the main reading room.  The fascinating classical and modern mix of France is waiting for you on the shelves of the Haskell Library. Bon voyage!

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Vive la Différence : Regards Croisés

Comparing Cultural Differences: France & the U.S.

Although France and America share the same democratic and secular world view, they have different histories and thus different cultures. This translates into other ways of doing and looking at things, as well as dissimilar beliefs, expectations and codes of personal and social conduct. France remains a very different country from the United States. To successfully live, study or conduct business in France, it is necessary begin to think like a French person.

As the French say “Vive la Différence!” The FIAF Library presents a collection entitled “Vive la Différence : Regards Croisés.” This collection presents a selection of titles that investigate the cultural comparisons of family, religion, education, nationality, humor, love, etiquette, taste, business style, ethics, personal appearance, conversation, faith…and pets! It includes an eclectic mix of manuals, memoirs, guides and a wide selection of lighthearted English-language novels that investigate these issues.

The collection is located across from the circulation desk.

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Saveurs des terroirs

Gastronomy Section

Located in the main reading room, “Saveurs des Terroirs”, the gastronomy section of the Haskell Library, regroups books about the world-famous food and wine traditions of  France.  You will find here a wide range of French cook books covering the great traditions to “la nouvelle cuisine”, books on food customs and individual local foodstuffs, such as cheese, mushrooms and mustard. You will discover historical recipes and menus from the courts of kings, the new tendencies of French cuisine, and memoirs by the great chefs of France…as well as enticing recipes to try at home.

The section also includes books on wine, liqueurs, and guides to the major vintages and wine-producing regions.

Escoffier, Brillat-Savarin, Paul Bocuse and Julia Child–as well as your appetite–await your visit.

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Livres sonores

Audio books are located across from the circulation desk. For your convenience, we now offer the corresponding book for many unabridged titles, located on the shelves directly below the audio books.

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