Reviews and Blog Posts: France

An age of license : a travelogue

by Lucy Knisley

Reviewer Rating:
4

A coming-of-age graphic travelogue, Age of License both follows the author's month-long trip through Europe and her inner journey trying to figure out where she wants to be going with her life. Invited as a guest at a comics convention in Norway, Knisley extends the trip to include visiting various...

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by Franck Thilliez

Reviewer Rating:
3

The first of Thilliez's novels to be translated into English, this mystery encompasses neuroscience, 2 loner detectives, and horrifying incidents all over the world. An unsettling film and several murders set detective Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Franck Sharko to investigating a series of crimes that reach back to the 1950s...

The castle behind thorns

by Merrie Haskell

Reviewer Rating:
4

The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but...

Allo 'allo. The complete series one

Reviewer Rating:
4

I grew up in a former British colony and in the 80s we only had one television station so you had no choice but to watch whatever was on (unless of course you rented a movie or something). This show came on at night and was hugely popular. I recently started...

Women heroes of World War II : 26 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue

by Kathryn J Atwood

Kathryn J. Atwood's Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue is a good place for older kids and teens to start their research into the European theater of the war, but it by no means gives a complete picture even of the women it features,...

The Class

    Teaching is a tough profession for new graduates and seasoned veterans. Francois is a French teacher to students in the suburbs of Paris. Almost all his students have origins in France's former colonies in Africa and the Caribbean.  He finds that culture clashes influence the way he must...

The elegance of the hedgehog

by Muriel Barbery

Reviewer Rating:
4

The hedgehog is "covered in quills, a real fortress...a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary - and terribly elegant." So says the precocious twelve year old Paloma Josse in reference to her building's concierge, a middle-aged nobody named Renee Michel, though the sentiment could just as easily refer to her.

Mastering the art of French eating : lessons in food and love from a year in Paris

by Ann Mah

Reviewer Rating:
5

The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in...

Apricots on the Nile : a memoir with recipes

by Colette Rossant

Reviewer Rating:
3

First of two memoirs, Colette recalls her childhood in Cairo and those she loved while there. When her father dies, Colette lives with her grandparents while her distant mother comes in and out of her life. Colette's story is enhanced with a sampling of recipes from an interwar Cairo. I...

Minette's feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat

by Susanna Reich

Reviewer Rating:
5

This lovely picture book introduces kids to Julia Child via her cat, Minette. Wonderful vocabulary (including lots of French words--pronunciation guide in the back), beautiful illustrations by Amy Bates, and even  great Afterword and Notes sections talking about source. This book will delight anyone who is interested in cats, food,...

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