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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week13

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Ages 3+

Zen ai marre by Didier Jean, et Zad

Who is that knocking at the door on such a rainy day? Guess together A Word-play vocabulary lessons are part of the fun in this imaginative circus world. Enjoy the colorful characters, beautiful language, and mesmerizing illustrations. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Ages 10 – 13

Mon Quotidien – magazine

This daily magazine covers the news in many domains: the economy, health, education, politics, and more! Skim very short, readable articles to quickly be in the know. (15 / month limit) Culturethèque Digital Library.

Intermediate

Le marché noir by Michèle Barrière (2018)

In Nazis-occupied Paris of 1942, Adrien Savoisy struggles to procure food for his family and a few close friends. Things become very complicated when he finds himself the object of blackmail—putting everyone’s lives at risk. How will he react? A gripping tale by a highly-readable author. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (1897)

This world-famous play is a broad fictionalization of life of Cyrano de Bergerac (1619 – 1655) who was a novelist, playwright, and duelist. The plot follows the cadet who—though remarkably talented—struggles to overcome self-doubt about his obnoxiously large nose. He longs to express his affection for his love-interest, a distant cousin. Written in verse and rhyming couplets. Culturetheque Digital Library.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week12

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Ages 3+

Avant Moi by Emmanuelle Houssais

Who is that knocking at the door on such a rainy day? Guess together A wondrous story that starts with the creation of the universe and our planet Earth–from the Big Bang to the eventual appearance of diverse plants and animals–culminating with the birth of a new baby! Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Ages 7+

Les Habits Neufs de L’Empereur by Hans Christian Andersen

A young child is the only one who is willing to reveal an embarrassing truth to the emperor! This classic tale still resonates today. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Intermediate

La Gloire de mon père / Le Château de ma mère by Marcel Pagnol (1957)

My Father’s Glory, followed by My Mother’s Castle, are autobiographical novels—part of a four-volume series by the author. Set in bucolic Provence, the many plot twists will keep you wondering about what will happen next. The 1990 films by Yves Robert are based in part on these works. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

Les Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire (1857)

A collection by the founder of Modern French poetry—set in a twisted urban landscape, it is darkly spiritual and not a light read. If you are feeling up to it, delve into the work that set the stage for Rimbaud and Mallarmé.  Culturethèque Digital Library.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week11

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Ages 3+

TOC TOC TOC by Isabelle Ayme et Bruna Barros

Who is that knocking at the door on such a rainy day? Guess together as surprise visitors–seen through the key-hole–arrive one-by-one! Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Ages 9/15

Marion, Tu Rêves? By Fanny Joly et Catel Muller

Enjoy this collection of twelve adventures with your favorite heroes from Je Bouquine–now on beautifully-illustrated bande dessinée. Stories cover the usual teen angst, often with a bit of a twist. Culturethèque Digital Library.

A2 – Classique, en Français Facile

Tristan et Yseut, version by Béroul and Sylvie Schmitt, Clé International

A classic tale of chivalric romance—retold in many variations since the 12th century—the story was a likely precursor to the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere. Read this legend-for-the-ages that continues to influence Western art and literature today! Culturethèque Digital Library.

Intermediate

Dans L’Ombre Du Brassier by Herve Le Corre

The Paris Commune of 1871—the Fourth French Revolution—is the setting for this award-winning (French Voices) crime thriller. Follow the action, as the frantic search for mysteriously missing young women takes you through the chaos of Paris at the time. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

L’histoire Est Une Littérature Contemporaine. Manifeste Pour Les Sciences Sociales by Ivan Jablonka

Professor Ivan Jablonka, a professor at University Paris 13, discusses the importance of effective storytelling in history—while making a strong argument for borrowing across traditions in history, science, and literature. Culturethèque Digital Library.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week10

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Ages 3+

Zoe L’Abeille by Sophie Motte (2016)

Follow a young bee as she explores the big-wide-world outside the relative safety of her home hive. Many mini adventures unfold as she takes flight towards her independence. Culturethêque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Ages 7+ / Fun For Adult Learners

Marie Voyage en France by Isabelle Pellegrini (2012)

Join Marie as she guides us on a tour of the regions of France, in all their splendor–sampling the various regional cuisines along the way. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Youth 9 to 12 – Fun for Adult Learners

Verte by Marie Desplechin (2017)

Our talented protagonist has every opportunity to live a life of a sorcière– just as her mother before her: She must decide how to forge her own way. Is there a middle ground? Read along as the story unfolds. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audio.

Intermediate / Advanced

L’Incroyable Histoire De La Médecine by Philippe Bercovici et Jean-Noel Fabiani (2018)

Learn about little-known stories of happenstance and luck that, over the ages, have led to major advance in medical science. Pasteur, for example, only discovered penicillin because his assistant went on vacation! Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

L’Attentat by Yasmina Khadra (2006)

An Israeli surgeon of Arab heritage is shocked to discover that the Palestinian suicide bomber he examines is actually his own wife. What were her motivations? Algerian author, Khadra, was selected by over 5,000 booksellers to win the Prix des libraires for this work. Culturethèque Digital Library.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week9

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Ages 3+

Liberté Egalité Fraternité by Agnès Rosenthiehl

Learn to put the principles of Liberté, Egalité, and Fraternité into everyday practice. A very timely story for our youngest readers and listeners. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Ages 5+ VIDEO

Prise De La Bastille, by France TV Education (2014)

This informative video will guide you to know more about the history behind le 14 juillet.

Learner B2 / Youth – Adult Interest

Demandez-leur la lune by Isabelle Pandazopoulos (2020)

The story follows the lives of teens from challenging circumstances—without even access to Internet in their neighborhood. One teacher who believes in them helps them to find their way to new opportunities. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Intermediate

L’étranger by Albert Camus (1942) (1883)

This must-read Camus classic is a novel in keeping with turbulent times. If you are ready for the challenge, this philosophical tale of the absurd–a criticism of social norms–may be just what you are looking for now. Not a light read. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Mersault, Contre-Enquete by Kamel Daoud (2014)

A modern-day take on L’étranger by Camus: The story of the accused (Meursault) from his point of view–driving home the point of the injustice that was done to him. Food for thought. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

Le Collier De La Reine by Alexander Dumas (1848)

A novel of historical fiction, it follows the events surrounding the fabricated incident that further tarnished the already-sullied reputation of Marie Antoinette—a key event that precipitated the French Revolution. Culturethèque Digital Library.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week8

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Ages 3+

Vole, Hibou ! by Yousuke Karasawa

Birds have not always known how to fly–here’s the inspiring story of how it happened.  Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Ages 7+

Marie de Paris by Isabelle Pellegrini and Princesse Camcam

Follow Marie on an adventure-filled visit of Paris–the usual favorite spots along with some new twists. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Learner B2 / Youth – Adult

On a volé Mona Lisa by Cécile Talguen

What happened to the Mona Lisa? Read and discover. Written for youth, adults will enjoy the story too. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Intermediate

Contes Divers by Guy de Maupassant (1883)

Read favorites written by this popular and accessible author–Maupassant is the master of the short story! Livre numérique. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

Du Coté de Chez Swann by Marcel Proust (1913)

Widely considered to be the greatest novel of the twentieth century, this is first of the seven volumes that make up A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. A story of memories, remembrance and recollections. Curious? Now is your chance to read it! Culturethèque Digital Library.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week7

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Ages 3+

Ce livre est pour toi by Francesca Chessa

A young girl imagines a life of limitless possibilities–full of big plans, along with simple everyday pleasures. Dream big and explore. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Ages 5+

Le restaurant pour chats by François Chetchuti et Beatrice Egemar

Anita realizes her dream of opening a refined restaurant for cats. Conflicts ensues when someone opens up a common cantine for dogs across the street. The characters come to learn the importance of open-mindedness. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Learner B1 / Youth – Adult

Lucas sur la route by Léo Lamarche

Lucas wonders what is next for him, now that he has received his baccalauréat degree. He sets out to the Alps on a voyage of adventure and self-reflection. Perfect for the times. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Adult Learners – Multi-level

Elle à table – Magazine

Gain inspiration for summer recipes by digitally thumbing through the pages of current issues of this magazine. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Intermediate

Around the world in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Written by an original founder of the Alliance Française in France, this adventure story follows the escapades of the mysterious English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, who sets out on a dare to travel the world in eighty days–encountering many modern (for the time) marvels along the way. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

Entre Les Murs by François Bégaudeau (2006)

Drawing on his experience’s working in an inner-city Parisian school, Bégaudeau writes the modern street French that you may never have seen before. The pace is quick, immersive, and the story is non-linear–as are the lives of the characters it portrays. The novel was adapted into a movie by the same name (The Class / Entre les murs) that won the 2008 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Culturethèque Digital Library.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week6

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Preschool – Ages 3+

Picouli by Clotilde Bernosol

A boy reaches out to a lonely bird in this story about the universality of friendship. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Beginner A1 / Youth – Adult

Gustave in Paris by Doris Barbier-Neumeister and Lauré Girardin-Vissian (2017)

Perfect for beginning French learners, this fun, light read follows two friends as they discover Paris. Written for youth, adult readers will benefit from the straightforward vocabulary and grammar. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Adult Learners – Multi-level

Les Inrockuptibles

Looking to keep up to date on the latest in the French cultural scene? This hip magazine covers all the latest in film, music, literature, politics, and more. Skim the articles and photos, as a quick way to be in the know– even for those who are not yet fluent.  Culturethèque Digital Library.

Intermediate

Le pays des autres by Leïla Slimani (2020)

Set in Morocco in the 1950s period of decolonization, the novel covers the story of the writer’s own maternal grandparents. The Prix Goncourt winning author (Chanson Douce, 2016) is a journalist, writer, and a French Diplomat as ambassador to the Organisation international de la francophonie. We are thrilled that she is quoted as saying, “My country is language. My country is library. In a library, I feel at home anywhere.” Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

Le Comte de Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

Considered a literary classic, the adventure story unfolds during the historical period 1815–1839: the Bourbon Restoration era through the reign of Louis-Philippe. There are many twists, turns, and much tumult–as a wrongfully imprisoned man escapes from jail, and sets about seeking revenge on his false accusers. Culturethèque Digital Library. E-book.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week5

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will share with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Recommendations are found at Culturethèque Digital library. Register here for the Alliance Française member benefit. Join today!

Preschool

Cache-cache by Agnès de Lestrade and Juliette Boulard

Cocotte plays a game of hide-‘n-seek with animal friends and discovers that things are not always as they seem. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Kids – Ages 7+

L’enfant et les étoiles by Xavier Armange and Juan Hernaz

Grandmother and grandchild out on a night time nature walk together encounter a lovely seagull. They imagine the fantastical adventures it would have if only it flew freely throughout the universe. Intergenerational connection, and the power of imagination. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplyr audiobook.

Teens / Adult Learners

Le monde des ados by Fleurus

Enjoy all the latest news on contemporary issues of interest to teens: fashion, culture, current technology, and much more. Geared to age-appropriate readers, it is also an excellent way for French students to learn new vocabulary  Culturethèque Digital Library.

Beginner to Intermediate Level

Les misérables by Victor Hugo (1862) ; Hachette Français Facile, Volumes 1-3

An edited, condensed, and re-imagined adaptation of Hugo’s original masterpiece–the all-time literary classic and social commentary with themes that resonate today. At 200+ pages, the volumes can be considered a warm up to the actual work that weighs in at over 1400 pages. Culturethèque Digital Library. Audiobook.

Intermediate to Advanced

Le sanglot de l’homme noir by Alain Mabanckou (2012)

The award-winning author–born in Congo and who teaches literature at UCLA– explores the challenges facing black people in the world today. Mabanckou examines the legacy of slavery and colonialism, while distancing himself from some accepted narrative. A thought provoking read. Culturethèque Digital Library. 

Advanced

Madame Bovary by Flaubert (1856)

A beautiful young woman, desperate to escape her mundane provincial life, throws caution to the wind in the attempt. Considered Flaubert’s masterpiece, prosecutors initially attacked the work for its less-than-discreet content. Due in part to the controversy, it was an immediate bestseller. A bit of a cautionary tale. Culturethèque Digital Library.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week4

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Every week, our Librarian Renée will shared with you some book recommendations for both children and adults. Bonne lecture !

Preschool – 3+ / French Level: Beginner

Une touche de by Laurie Cohen and Marjorie Béal

Time for a little art refresher. Learn (or remember) all about mixing colors in this fun book that encourages creative exploration. Culturethèque Digital Library, Storyplayr audiobook.

Ages 5+ / French Level: Easy – Intermediate

Pourquoi ? Pourquoi ? Pourquoi ? Les animaux by Coline Desclides et Laurence Bernaert

Learn the answer to many pressing questions about the natural world. While geared to children, adult learners will enjoy new vocabulary along with listening to familiar everyday French. Culturethèque Digital Library, Storyplayr audiobook.

Adult Interest / French Level: A2 – Beginner

Les couleurs primaires by Mélissa Verreault

Step out of the mundane with this light read. Set in Montreal, it follows Camille’s humorous adventures in her quest for happiness. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Ages 10 -14 / Adult ; French Level:  Intermediate – Youth/Adult Interest

Un rêve pour trois by Lena Sayaphoum et Jérôme Hamon Pourquoi

This first volume of a beautifully illustrated bande dessinée is the story of two sisters who hope to make it into the prestigious ballet school at the Opéra de Paris. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Adult Interest / French Level:  Intermediate – Advanced

Au revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaitre et Chrisitian de Metter

The bande dessinée version of the Prix-Goncourt winning historical novel that was also made into a film. Set in France during WWI, the story follows the travails of a soldier and his quest for justice and redemption. Culturethèque Digital Library.

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