Words in a French Life
Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France
By Kristin Espinasse
Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780743287296, 284pp.
Publication Date: May 2007
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With an approach that is as charming as it is practical, Espinasse shares her story through the everyday French words and phrases that never seem to make it to American classrooms. ""Comptoir"" ("counter") is a piece about the intricacies of grocery shopping in France, and ""Linge"" ("laundry") swoons over the wonderful scent the laundry has after being hung out in the French countryside while ""Toquade"" ("crush") tells of Espinasse's young son, who begins piling gel onto his hair before school each morning when he becomes smitten with a girl in class.
Steeped in French culture but experienced through American eyes, "Words in a French Life" will delight armchair travelers, Francophiles, and mothers everywhere.
"Take a great trip with a memorable travel book . . . and lose yourself in the South of France." -- Real Simple
"Espinasse recounts her adventures with honesty and humor, never afraid to have a good laugh at her own expense. With its innovative and entertaining way of teaching the finer points of French, Espinasse's memoir will be popular with travelers and expats alike." -- Publishers Weekly
"Charming." -- Library Journal