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Check out these books and movies from the library

The Eiffel tower was built for the 1889 World’s Fair and was named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed the tower. After two years of construction, the tower opened on March 31, 1889. It weighs more than 7,000 tons and has to be repainted every seven years. 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the tower’s completion, and in honor the historical date here are some great books and movies that take place in France.

“Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay

In 1942, Jews were rounded up by the French police in Paris before being shipped off to concentration camps. For the 60th anniversary of this event, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article and begins an investigation that reveals long-hidden family secrets, including the story of a girl named Sarah.

“The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain

This novel is based on the real-life relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. After a brief courtship they marry and head to Paris, where Hadley transforms from an overprotected child to a brave young woman.

“The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery

Renée is the 54-year-old concierge of a ritzy apartment building in Paris who passes herself off as uneducated but who is actually intelligent and cultured. One of the building’s residents is Paloma, a suicidal 12-year-old who plans to do the deed on her 13th birthday. The two characters are brought together by a Japanese businessman who moves into the building.


Amelie is a lonely French waitress who discovers a small box of treasures in her apartment and returns them to the original owner. Seeing his happiness at the return of his boyhood treasures, Amelie decides to bring happiness to others wherever she can. It’s a quirky little movie with a touch of romance.


This wonderful movie is set in a French village and centers around the chocolate shop opened by a new arrival in town, the beautiful Vianne. Her chocolates contain something a little magical that helps the eater with whatever problems they have. Make sure you have some good chocolate on hand because you’ll be craving it after watching this film.

“Ne le dis à personne” (Tell No One)

Harlan Coben’s 2001 thriller was made into a film in 2006 that was directed by Guillaume Canet. Eight years earlier, Alex Beck’s wife was murdered and now he finds himself the prime suspect in a double murder on the same day that he receives a message warning him that he is being watched. The message appears to be from his wife and Alex goes on the run as he searches for answers.