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The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. by Carole DeSanti

To read an interview with the author, see a schedule of events, and explore other features, visit www.caroledesanti.net. “Epic times make for epic books. The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is both sweeping in scope and painstaking in detail. Eugénie R.’s story, from naïve goose girl to resilient survivor, makes for wonderful, suspenseful reading.”—Karen Joy [...]

The Maid by Kimberly Cutter

Introduction   The girl who led an army, the peasant who crowned a king, the maid who became a legend It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years’ War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their path, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, [...]

Becoming George Sand by Rosalind Brackenbury

Introduction Maria Jameson is having an affair—a passionate, life-changing affair. She asks: Is it possible to love two men at once? Must this new romance mean an end to love with her husband? For answers, she reaches across the centuries to George Sand, the maverick French novelist who took many lovers. Immersing herself in the [...]

As Always, Julia edited by Joan Reardon

More than 200 letters exchanged between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably introduced in the hit movie Julie & Julia, open the window on Julia’s deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women and the turbulent process of Julia’s creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show Julia, first as a new bride in Paris, then becoming increasingly worldly and adventuresome as she follows her diplomat husband in his postings to Nice, Germany, and Norway.

With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon, and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in the United States, McCarthyism, and sexual mores, these astonishing letters show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.

The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

  About The Book of Salt “A lush, fascinating, expansive first novel about exile.” — New York Times “An irresistible, scrupulously engineered confection that weaves together history, art and human nature . . . Truong has, after much deliberation, cultivated a veritable feast.” — Los Angeles Times “[He] came to us through an advertisement that [...]

Mademoiselle Benoir by Christine Conrad

  “A lovely, lively novel . . . the letters in Mademoiselle Benoir crackle as they describe a love story of depth and power.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of A Theory of Relativity and Deep End of the Ocean About the Book Having grown tired of the American lifestyle, mathematician Timothy Reinhart exchanges the bustling [...]