French by Heart

French by Heart

An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France

Book - 2007
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Can a family of five from deep in the heart of Dixie find happiness smack dab in the middle of France?

French By Heart is 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. The Ramseys are not jet-setters; they're a regular family with big-hearted and rambunctious kids. Quickly their lives go from covered-dish suppers to smoky dinner parties with heated polemics, from being surrounded by Southern hospitality to receiving funny looks if the children play in the yard without shoes.

A charming tale with world-class characters, French By Heart reads like letters from your funniest friend. More than just a slice of life in France, it's a heartwarming account of a family coming of age and learning what "home sweet home" really means.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780767925228
Branch Call Number: 914.4 RAM
Characteristics: x, 308 p. ; 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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