Books The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood Hardcover, 328 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $26.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Last BanquetAuthorJonathan Grimwood Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary An adventurous man, once a penniless orphan, searches throughout French society during the Enlightenment for the perfect taste, befriends Benjamin Franklin, becomes pen pals with the Marquis de Sade and improves contraceptive methods. Genres: Historical Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Last Banquet Review Book Reviews NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2013's Great Reads December 4, 2013 NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read.