My Life in France by Julia Child was definitely my 'book of the year' last year, because as well as being set in my fave part of the world, Julia Child is one inspiring woman! And such a nice love story too. It's a goodie.
Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard is a light memoir written by an American girl who fell in love with a French boy and lived with him in Paris. This wasn't my all-time fave, but it was a nice read, and what I found most fascinating about it is Bard's comparisons and contrasts of the cultural mindsets of Americans and French. Her observations were quite enlightening actually, sometimes I think about it, and wonder just where New Zealanders fit between the French and American way of looking at the world.
And any book that promises to talk about French food has to be worth a try, right?
I think my very favourite book about France written from a foreigner's standpoint is Almost French by Sarah Turnbull. The story is not dissimilar to Lunch in Paris; a young woman (this time Australian) meets and falls in love with a French boy and they settle together in an apartment in Paris. I don't know what makes this my favourite, but maybe it is because Sarah is Australian, so that the observations that she makes about the differences between Australian and French culture and etiquette are all very familiar to me as a New Zealander. I've read this book more than once, and have had plenty of excited conversations with others who have loved it too.
Let me know what you think of this selection.
A bientot, Library Girl. x