Almost French

Almost French: love and a new life in Paris


Author: Sarah Turnbull

Language: English

SummaryThe charming true story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure–and the love of her life–in Paris. “This isn’t like me. I’m not the sort of girl who crosses continents to meet up with a man she hardly knows. Paris hadn’t even been part of my travel plan…”
A delightful, fresh twist on the travel memoir, Almost French takes us on a tour that is fraught with culture clashes but rife with deadpan humor. Sarah Turnbull’s stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week. Chance had brought Sarah and Frédéric together in Bucharest, and on impulse she decided to take him up on his offer to visit him in the world’s most romantic city. Sacrificing Vegemite for vichyssoise, the feisty Sydney journalist does her best to fit in, although her conversation, her laugh, and even her wardrobe advertise her foreigner status. But as she navigates the highs and lows of this strange new world, from life in a bustling quatier and surviving Parisian dinner parties to covering the haute couture fashion shows and discovering the hard way the paradoxes of France today, little by little Sarah falls under its spell: maddening, mysterious, and charged with that French specialty-séduction.
An entertaining tale of being a fish out of water, Almost French is an enthralling read as Sarah Turnbull leads us on a magical tour of this seductive place-and culture-that has captured her heart – Source: Goodreads.com

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn


Author: Colm Toibin

Language: English

Summary: Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future. – Source: Amazon.com

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Chinese bookshop

Tunnel of books for shop in China


 

Shanghai studio XL-Muse has used black mirrored flooring and arched shelves to create a tunnel of books inside a Chinese store.

“In the past, guided by water, many literati and poets visited and gathered here,” said XL-Muse. “[The bridges] used to be the guiding factor of culture and commerce, and they represent that the bookstore is the bond between humans and books at the same time.”

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Taliban shuffle

The Taliban shuffle: strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan


 

Author: Kim Burker

Language: English

Summary: When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak. Source: Amazon.com

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Moving kids

Moving with kids: 25 ways to ease your family’s transition to a new home


 

Author: Lori Burgan

Language: English

Summary: Moving to a new home is exciting – but it can be scary and lonely, too. Whether you’re taking your children across town, across the country, or overseas, you have to smooth their path. Drawing on the expertise of families that have relocated many times, Moving with Kids provides the practical advice such families need, including how to: Minimize stress and give children a sense of control; Help kids keep old friends and make new ones fast; Find the right neighborhood and school; Create a sense of belonging in the new community; Use the move to build family unity and children’s self-confidence. Source: Google Books

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