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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week15

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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+

Le mouton de Tabaski by Véronique Vernette and Arnaud Rodamel (2014)

Fadie, a young girl from Burkina Faso, is excited about preparations for the religious festival of Tabaski. Together with her uncle, she selects a perfectly-plump sheep at the market for the family’s feast. Chaos erupts in town when the sheep escapes. A story of friendship, beautifully illustrated. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplayr audiobook.

Ages 7+

L’arbre de l’an bientôt by Mathieu Redelspeger and Xavier Armange (2011)

Two children from a distant future visit the Museum of the Past where they encounter countless wonders—including a mysterious talking tree! Beautifully illustrated. Adults will also enjoy this imaginative story. Culturethèque Digital Library. Storyplayr audiobook.

Intermediate

Maigret tend un piege by Georges Simenon – Hachette (2013)

One of the all-time-classic detective novelists sets this murder-mystery in Montmartre. Readable and accessible, this story will have you on the edge of your seat. Français-facile version, with audio. Culturethèque Digital Library.

Advanced

Reparer les vivants by Maylis de Kerangal (2015)

A teenager is killed in a tragic accident. This story follows the immediate aftermath for those who are left behind. Winner of numerous awards, this poetically-poignant work by Maylis de Kerangal was a huge hit in France. A hard story, beautifully written. Worth a read.

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Weekly Book Recommendations from our Library #week14

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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+

Papoum magazine by Fleurus Presse

Our very youngest will love to learn all about life’s adventures—each issue offers games, images, and stories with their favorite heroes. Includes a section for parents. Culturethèque Digital Library

Youth: Teenagers

Animale by Victor Dixen

A young orphan grows up in a strict convent, surrounded by mysteries and unanswered questions about her parents and her past. She must leave in order to find the truth. Winner of the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.

Intermediate

Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan (1954)

This bande dessinée is an adaptation of Sagan’s beloved novel. Written when the author was only 18, “Hello, Sadness” won the Prix des Critiques within weeks of publication. Set on the French Riviera, the story follows jealous, sophisticated 17-year-old Cécile as she plots to derail her widowed father’s impending remarriage. Culturethèque Digital Library

Advanced

L’Education sentimentale by Gustave Flaubert (1869)

Widely considered to be an influential 19th century novel, the story—set during the French Revolution of 1848—follows the romantic adventures of a young man of his time. The book was a hit with George Sand and Emile Zola, but Henry James was not a fan. Find out what all the buzz is about!

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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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