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I'm seeking recommendations for non-fiction books in French about French politics, economics, history, art, culture. Prefer books written in the last 30 years. Will be reading these with my French teacher as part of our program.

For example, I recently read La France Périphérique by Christophe Guilluy. This was a great book for my purposes: lots of new and useful vocabulary, an informal writing style, and an introduction to this well-known writer's point of view.

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I"ll somewhat hesitantly recommend L'Humanité en péril by Fred Vargas (a pen name) although it does have very mixed reviews. Fred Vargas is best known for her detective fiction. She's a smart cookie and I love her writing style, which is informal and conversational, so you might like it too although it's maybe not exactly what you specified.

https://www.amazon.fr/LHumanit%C3%A9...6285823&sr=8-1

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Something by Pierre Lemaitre perhaps (I am perhaps biassed, I have read all his books and loved them all - fiction based on reality with a bit more thrown in, especiallyt when it comes to Miroir de nos Peines).

But there are so very many French books available that would fit your requirements (though some include dialect).

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Next book on my list:
Leur folie, nos vies - François Ruffin.
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Or perhaps something by Virginie Grimaldi.

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Next book on my list:
Leur folie, nos vies - François Ruffin.
That's on my list, too

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King Kong Théorie ?

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I"ll somewhat hesitantly recommend L'Humanité en péril by Fred Vargas (a pen name) although it does have very mixed reviews. Fred Vargas is best known for her detective fiction. She's a smart cookie and I love her writing style, which is informal and conversational, so you might like it too although it's maybe not exactly what you specified.

https://www.amazon.fr/LHumanit%C3%A9...6285823&sr=8-1
Thanks! It looks like she also wrote a very readable, well regarded book on the plague. Perhaps not exactly light bedtime reading, but could be interesting in these epidemic days.

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Something by Pierre Lemaitre perhaps (I am perhaps biassed, I have read all his books and loved them all - fiction based on reality with a bit more thrown in, especiallyt when it comes to Miroir de nos Peines).

But there are so very many French books available that would fit your requirements (though some include dialect).
Thanks! I will tuck this recommendation, and the one for Grimaldi away for the future.

Right now, I need to focus on non-fiction. The reason: my French level is B1, so all books are a stretch. I don't mind that. But fiction, where the art is based in part on creative, unusual use of language, is just a bridge too far right now.

Any non-fiction suggestions?

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If you can find a copy (not sure how available it is), I can recommend Ces impossibles Français by Louis-Bernard Robitaille. It's a series of essays about various "oddities" of French life and society, by a Quebecois who apparently speaks "accentless French."

The chapter on "Jamais sans mon Gandouin" is about a very famous "etiquette" book - kind of the Emily Post of its time - that explains (to me, anyhow) many of the customs I had observed here in France that seemed very peculiar to me.

It's not a terribly difficult read (or I didn't find it so) and I really enjoyed the "North American" perspective.

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