France

Books

Les enfants magnifiques

Beneath the many contrasts Pamela Druckerman draws between French and U.S. children is a deeper one between the two societies.

Books

The Greater Journey, by David McCullough

In the 1830s most Americans were finding plenty of adventure in their own country. It was just over 50 years old, after all. Some were trudging along the new Oregon Trail; some were pushing Native Americans west of the Mississippi with legislation or guns; others were involved in increasingly volatile arguments over slavery.

Film

The Class

A marvelous new film by the French director Laurent Cantet sits on the cusp between fiction and documentary.