French Reading

20 Sep

Some light reading I’ve consumed since I’ve been here with books about or taking place in France.

  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain: captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. (“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” — E.H.)
  • Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman: Former Wall Street Journal reporter has a baby in Paris and recounts the differences in bringing up a French baby versus an American one. (Interesting and insightful although no mother I speak to here will own up to it)
  • Sarah’s Key by Tantiana de Rosnay: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Her story later intertwines with an American journalist investigating the roundup. (Touching story that will never leave your mind!)
  • French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano: Why French women don’t get fat, even though they enjoy bread and pastry, wine, and regular three-course meals. Unlocking the secrets of this “French paradox” – how they enjoy food while staying slim and healthy. (In other words, a “diet” that didn’t work for me since I’m not French!)
  • The Secret Life of France by Lucy Wadham: British woman marries a Frenchman, puts her children through the French educational system and divorces in a French court of law, supposedly making her perfectly placed to explore the differences between Britain and France. (Reading this now thanks to one of my Aussie mates Jayde; it’s humorous and relatively insightful so far)


One Response to “French Reading”

  1. Paulette Fennewald September 26, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    yeah, I read Paris Wife and Sarah’s Key, both memorable.

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