Starting in a dreary Moscow hotel room in 1983, weaving back and forth to rural New England, and ending on a West Texas trail in 2021, Marcia DeSanctis tells stories that span the globe and half a lifetime. With intimacy and depth, over quicksand in France, insomnia in Cambodia, up a volcano in Rwanda, spinning through the eye of a snowstorm in Bismarck, and atop a dumpster in her own backyard, this New York Times bestselling author, award-winning essayist and journalist for Vogue and Travel + Leisure immerses us in places waiting to be discovered and some that may be more than we’re up for. She encounters spies, angels, leopards, shoes, the odd rattlesnake, a random head of state, and many times over, the ghosts of her past. Each subsequent voyage leads to revelations about her search for solitude, a capacity for adventure, and always, a longing for home.
Told in a series of stylish, original essays, New York Times travel bestseller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile and anyone who loves crisp stories well told. Like all great travel writing, this collection of stories goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why it is meaningful to go there. Combining advice, memoir, and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have for anyone―woman or man―voyaging to or dreaming of France.
Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and life in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens, and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air, beaches, wine, and style and along the way, she tells the stories of many fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. The stories are sexy, literary, spiritual, profound, and overall, simply gorgeous. 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious who are intrigued by France.
“In this elegant book, Marcia DeSanctis becomes your smartest, most glamorous, generous and insightful friend—your sage, and your guide. 100 Places in France is a treasure for any woman who wishes to know the country intimately, from its most delectable and stylish surfaces (lingerie! parfum!) to its nuanced and profound depths. Whether traveling by jet, or simply by imagination, you will savor this ride, perhaps along with a glass of fine champagne or the perfect demitasse. I loved it.”
“I’m not sure which I would rather do: pack this book and visit all the sublime places Marcia DeSanctis portrays, or curl up in my living room and devour the shimmering language in her 100 beautiful stories. Either way, 100 Places in France is travel writing at its finest: informative, deep and transporting.”
“A 100-chapter love letter about France and a manual on how other women can best find that love…excellent inspiration for a future trip.”
“Even if you don’t have plans to go to France, Marcia DeSanctis will take you there with her whimsical, encyclopedic guide to Gallic life…a necessary indulgence for even the most jaded Francophile.”
“Transcends the genre.”
“It’s the most elegantly written book, rich in history and very French, in the best possible way. It’s just a delight.”
“Blows up the typical stodgy guidebook format…this nifty book will cause an outbreak of Franco-lust.”
“Some day when I do drink absinthe in a basement bar in Antibes or hike along the beaches of Étretat, my experience will be all the richer for having DeSanctis as a guide.”
“A splendid new book on France has hit the shelves. DeSanctis has curated 100 distinct experiences that you’ll want to revisit again and again. For those smitten with travel to France, this volume is a real gift.”