The Corsican Caper
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 [ The Corsican Caper ] The Corsican Caper (2014)
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Description: Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when he spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul’s villa. When Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky’s methods quickly turn unsavory. Now it’s up to Sam—he’s saved Reboul’s neck before—to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hit men, not to mention the Corsican mafia, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of Vronsky’s “Russian diplomacy.”
 [ Provence in Ten Easy Lessons: From Provence A-Z: A Francophile's Essential Handbook ] Provence in Ten Easy Lessons: From Provence A-Z: A Francophile's Essential Handbook (2014)
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Description: No one knows Provence like beloved author Peter Mayle, and in this delightful collection—adapted from Provence A-Z: A Francophile’s Essential Handbook—he distills his decades of living in France into ten essential lessons for visitors. Abandoning the well-trodden “best of” routes that can be found in any tourist guide, Mayle highlights local features vital to an authentic Provençal experience. From ruminations on the unique charms of each season to the art of the siesta, Mayle brings the warmth and beauty of the province vividly to life. And, of course, food and wine also get their due, as Mayle expounds the merits of pastis and a good rosé, explores the mystery of traditional market shopping, and more. Evocative and intimate, Provence in Ten Easy Lessons is charming yet practical reading for ticketed passengers and armchair travelers, alike.
 [ The Marseille Caper ] The Marseille Caper (2012)
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Description: Lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt is back in another beguiling, as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the South of France. At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventure—and the threat of some very powerful enemies!—Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles. But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul—the victim of Sam’s last heist but someone who knows talent when he sees it—asks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement . . . to say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as a competition over Marseille’s valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and sharklike developers on the other. Will Sam survive this caper unscathed? Will he live to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed—with luck, savvy, and a lot of help from Sam’s friends—in the novel’s wonderfully satisfying climax.
 [ The Vintage Caper ] The Vintage Caper (2009)
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Description: When a hot-shot Hollywood lawyer's most treasured and expensive wines are stolen, his insurance company calls in Sam Levitt, a gourmand and lawyer-of-all-trades with a varied background, to investigate. The investigation takes Sam to Paris and Bordeaux, where he hooks up with the elegant insurance agent Sophie Costes, a fellow wine and food snob. The trail finally leads them to a man named Francis Reboul in Marseille, and soon, with the help of Sophie's journalist cousin, Phillipe, they get an in with Reboul and close in on closing the caper.
 [ Elliott Erwitt’s Dogs ] Elliott Erwitt’s Dogs (2008)
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Description: One of the 20th century’s most celebrated image-makers, this collection, in a generously oversized format, focuses on Elliott Erwitt’s distinctive photographs of dogs. In a heartfelt and original tribute to man’s best friend, this photographic master captures all the diversity of the canine kingdom. We witness Fido’s many moods from playful, perky scamp to quiet and constant companion. Ranging from daring little imps to lumbering and gentle beasts, Erwitt’s images unveil the quirkiness that makes these creatures so beloved while combining an unerring sense of composition with the magic of the moment.
Essay by Peter Mayle
 [ Provence A-Z ] Provence A-Z (2006)
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Description: More than 200 entries ranging in length from four lines to two to three pages appear on its pages, in alphabetical order, in which he discusses topics relevant to Provencal life. Although Mayle insists "It's impossible business, trying to squeeze Provence into a single volume," he's done his best. The result is a delightful education for armchair travelers--or actual ones who are heading there for a visit or have previously done so.
 [ A Good Year - The Movie ] A Good Year - The Movie (2006)
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Description: A feel-good movie that highlights the beauty of France as much as it does its stars, A Good Year provides a languid, gorgeous viewing experience. Director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe--who first worked together on the Academy Award-winning Gladiator--are reunited in this romantic film, which is based on Peter Mayle's book A Year in Provence. Crowe plays Max, a workaholic London bonds trader who doesn't know the meaning of vacation. When his uncle dies, leaving him a picturesque estate in the south of France, Max views it as an opportunity to cash in the vinery and pocket the profits. The film is reminiscent of Diane Lane's Under the Tuscan Sun in the way the scenery plays as much of a role in the film as its characters. The lush village and streaming sunlight portray Provence as an idyllic, magical place. Even Max falls under its spell. While not a particularly likeable character, especially in the early part of the film, Max also isn't a bad guy. When he gets the chance to live life at a less manic pace than which he is used to, he finds that a good year isn't dependant on a financial windfall.
 [ A Good Year ] A Good Year (2004)
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Description: Uber-expatriate Mayle once again flings the doors wide open upon the sunny landscape and not-always-as-provincial-as-they-seem denizens of Provence in another of his wise, witty, and sophisticated novels that many equally sophisticated readers have developed quite an appetite for. In the simplest of terms, this one is about the wine trade. Max Skinner is a young player in the London financial world who hasn't been performing up to snuff on the job lately; one day he finds himself demoted and left with no option but to resign from the firm. As fate would have it--the hand of God, in other words--Max simultaneously receives a letter informing him that his recently deceased and much-loved uncle has willed his estate and vineyard in Provence to Max. With money borrowed from his former brother-in-law, Max relocates there, and his true adventures begin; he thought his life had collapsed into an absolute mess, but instead, he has been awarded a challenging and moral-fiber-strengthening new focus and outlet. Yes, indeed, complications arise--namely, what duplicity are the caretaker and the local femme-fatale lawyer practicing on Max? The entertaining threads in this absolutely embracing novel are woven into a vibrant design.
 [ French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew ] French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew (2001)
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Description: In this latest book, part travelogue, part guide to cuisine, Mayle leaves his beloved Provence behind and sets out to experience gastronomic pleasures available at food festivals and celebrations throughout France. The always curious and friendly Mayle befriends colorful locals at such events as a frog's-leg festival in Vitel, where "thigh tasting" is regarded as a reverent act.
 [ A Year in Provence - The Movie ] A Year in Provence - The Movie (2001)
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Description: A Year in Provence, the made-for-TV version of the bestselling book by Peter Mayle, captures a year in the lives of Brits Mayle (John Thaw) and his wife Annie (Lindsay Duncan) in southern France. The Mayles both revel in and endure what for most would be a fantasy experience: leaving dull jobs, acquiring an old farmhouse in Provence, and (for Peter) attempting to write a novel in the midst of bucolic countryside, gourmet food and drink, and interesting people.
 [ Encore Provence : New Adventures in the South of France ] Encore Provence : New Adventures in the South of France (2000)
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Description: Englishman Mayle has recounted his penchant for and residence in the south of France before, in the hits Toujours Provence (1992) and A Year in Provence (1991). He's back at it, with no diminishment in enthusiasm or charm. He and his wife returned to Provence after an absence of four years, time spent mostly in the U.S. Mayle certainly did not forget "the smell of thyme in the fields" or "the swirl and jostle of Sunday-morning markets" while he was away. And his new book is all about the renewal of his acquaintance with the land he so loves.
 [ Chasing Cezanne ] Chasing Cezanne (1998)
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Description: Our hero, glamorous art photographer Andre Kelly, is on assignment for glamorous DQ Magazine --run by the glamorous Camilla Porter--in Cape Ferrat on the (you guessed it) glamorous C?te d'Azur. Snooping around an ancestral pile for some snaps, by chance he spies Old Claude, the ancient retainer of the immensely wealthy Denoyer family, packing the family Cezanne into a plumbing van. Puzzled, Andre investigates, and the game is afoot. Peter Mayle's latest effort, Chasing Cezanne, is a whodunit that shows good manners and impeccable taste.
 [ Anything Considered ] Anything Considered (1997)
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Description: It's no secret that Peter Mayle (author of A Year in Provence ) loves Provence, so it's no surprise that Mayle's new novel is set that area: it takes place in Saint Martin and in Monaco. Bennett is an Englishman scraping together his last few francs, desperate to stay in France. He places an ad promising "anything considered," a wealthy truffle entrepreneur hires him for slightly illicit work, and the plot is off--a combination of a thriller, romance, and page turner. And through it all emanates the whiff of lavender, the curve of country hills, the bubble of champagne, and the sounds and tastes of Provence.
 [ A Dog's Life ] A Dog's Life (1996)
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Description: The bestsellling author of A Year in Provence and Hotel Pastis now surveys his territory from a differnt vantage point: the all-fours perspective of his dog, Boy--"a dog whose personality is made up of equal parts Boswell and Dr. Johnson, Mencken and A.A. Milne"
 [ Up the Agency ] Up the Agency (1995)
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Description: The immensely popular author of A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence recounts what he learned during his 13-year career in advertising. Mayle is a gifted raconteur with a sharp wit; he relates the tribal customs and rituals of the advertising business for the interested reader. He does not discuss specific advertising campaigns and strategies; rather, he humorously illustrates the manners and motivations of the people involved in the ad game. For instance, he uses examples to explain why the "perfect advertising man" needs to be resilient, persistent, a shameless extrovert, an immediate enthusiast, and a superb salesperson.
 [ Hotel Pastis ] Hotel Pastis (1994)
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Description: This newest novel by Peter Mayle is once again set in rural France. The story centers around the adventures of three characters who are building and opening a hotel. Tangled up with the main plot are a bank robbery, a kidnapping and a Mafia hit man.
 [ Acquired Tastes ] Acquired Tastes (1993)
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Description: Consumer catalogue of the world's finest luxuries, entries first published in GQ and Esquire, by Mayle (Toujours Provence, 1991, etc.). Mayle decided to write a monthly column for GQ on luxuries and the most refined ways to spend money, with GQ's financial support of his investigations--rough work, alas.
 [ Toujours Provence ] Toujours Provence (1992)
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Description: Peter Mayle offers us another funny and beautiful book about life in Provence. Here is a heart-warming portrait of a place where, if you can't quite "get away from it all," you can surely have the best of times trying.
 [ A Year in Provence ] A Year in Provence (1991)
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Description: Peter Mayle's account of his first year in Provence describes anything from the local cuisine, hilarious tips for wooing fickle French contractors, handicapping goat races, enduring winter's icy mistral and much more.
 [ Where Did I Come From? ] Where Did I Come From? (1990)
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Description: Covers the basic facts from love-making, orgasm, conception and growth inside the womb, through to the actual birth day. This book names all the names and shows all the important parts of the body.
 [ Wicked Willie's Guide to Women : Further Adventures of Mans Best Friend ] Wicked Willie's Guide to Women : Further Adventures of Mans Best Friend (1989)
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 [ How to be a Pregnant Father ] How to be a Pregnant Father (1986)
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Description: Inside the Pregnant Father: The best way to start your pregnancy Tactics for the bathroom and the breakfast table A pocket-sized solution to the morning sickness problem Coping with cravings How to preserve your sex life The Pregnant Father's Cookbook Labor pains, true and false A complete hospital survival kit The nicest way of predicting your unborn baby's sex How to cash in on triplets Getting a birthday present from Uncle Sam Three ways to help your wife get back in shape
 [ Man's Best Friend ] Man's Best Friend (1985)
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 [ The Honeymoon Book ] The Honeymoon Book (1984)
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 [ Baby Taming ] Baby Taming (1983)
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Description: Shows readers how to take advantage of their baby during the first three months of life, as well as offering advice on stopping bedtime tantrums, spotting an impending nappy attack and the quickest cure for fatigue.
 [ Chilly Billy ] Chilly Billy (1983)
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Description: Introduces Chilly Billy, the tiny man with big ears who lives in the refrigerator and gets "warms" instead of colds.
 [ What's Happening to Me? ] What's Happening to Me? (1981)
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 [ Great Moments in Baby History ] Great Moments in Baby History (1980)
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 [ Will I Go to Heaven? ] Will I Go to Heaven? (1978)
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Description: Answers questions about heaven, who is likely to go there, and what it might be like.