I have been itching to get my hands on some awesome books that detail life in France. I am way more interested in hearing about real people’s experiences than a fictional character’s story, but both will do.
I was completely inspired after walking into the library in my neighbourhood last November (shortly after Mon Homme et moi started dating) and finding “My Life in France” on display. This is the novel about Julia Child’s life in France as she tells it to author, Alex Prud’homme. This book takes you through many regions of the country, the food, and the amazing people she meets along the way. It is definitely a winner if you want to learn more about the French life. Just a fair warning though: This book takes place quite a while ago and France has apparently modernized since then. The world is becoming more of a global playground where traditions are not worth as much value as the next dollar. I refuse to believe that France has lost most of its flavour, because if what I hear about the French is anything close to being true, these people keep preserving the culture close to their hearts. I will not be able to actually report on the truth until I experience it for myself.
I have also read a charming fictional novel written by American, Sandra Byrd called “Bon Appetit“. I have written about this one before. Because of the seemingly parallel story to my own life, I could not put it down. It is about a young woman traveling to France to study at a pastry school and work in a bakery, while trying to find love and increase her faith at the same time. It was cute and quick, exactly how I like those fiction novels. Give me a 2000 page food encyclopedia and I’ll read the whole thing in detail over time, pass me a fiction novel and I will hope for the ending the entire time!
So because my travels will be arriving in a few short months, and the reality is beginning to set in with the purchase of my plane ticket and insurance (although the visa is yet to be obtained) I am trying to get my hands on a few more great (English) books that can tickle my mind with a French experience. And because I am trying to save every single penny I have, I am extremely appreciative of the public library system in my area.
I went online to research some awesome books that really outline the culture of France, plus I asked around. The books that I have chosen are as follows:
- France: A Love Story: Apparently a compilation of many different stories written by actual women who traveled to France and fell in love.
- A Moveable Feast (by Ernest Hemingway): A true story about the life of Ernest Hemingway in 1920’s Paris.
- France For Dummies: The dummies series of books are totally awesome! You can learn anything from scratch by reading these books. I know this book will outline all the key tips and tricks on navigating and fitting in with the French.
I will let you know how they go!
I ordered these books on my library’s website. They will be shipped in from a further library in a few days and I can pick them up just a couple of minutes down the street from where I live!
I am so ready to get my French on!
Thanks for reading….