French by Heart

French by Heart

An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France

Book - 2007
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The story of an all-American family pulling up stakes and finding a new home in Clermont-Ferrand, a city four hours south of Paris known more for its smoke-spitting factories and car dealerships than for its location in the Auvergne, the lush heartland of France dotted with crumbling castles and sunflower fields.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2007]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780767925228
076792522X
Characteristics: x, 308 pages ; 21 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Sep 18, 2015

Rebecca Ramsey's memoirs tells of her family's move from South Carolina after Michelin transfers her husband to Claremont-Ferrand, France. The book focuses a lot on Madame Mallet, the Ramsey's opinionated neighbor. She is always there to point out when the family is doing something that isn't French. The chapters sometimes focus on an specific expat issues, like Rebecca's struggles with speaking in French on the phone or figuring out how the doors of the bank work. Other chapters are about more universal topics like being unsure what time to drop-in to a neighbor's New Years Day party or worrying that the family's cat prefers the cat-sitter.

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