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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467929794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467929790
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristin Espinasse is the author of Words in a French Life and Blossoming in Provence. She writes the "Dernier Mot" column for France Today magazine. In 2002, she began her blog "French Word-A-Day", enjoyed by 45,000 readers across the globe. Kristin lives in Provence with her husband, their two children, and two golden retrievers (Braise and Smokey). Receive her free newsletter at www.french-word-a-day.com

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Author of the book "Words in a French Life" and the blog French Word-A-Day: http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/

Customer Reviews

This was a good light book to get me started back reading.
D. E. M.
If you are a Francophile or just interested in learning about contemporary French ways, this book is a good read.
Donald Christian
I look forward to every blog post and will purchase every book she writes.
JeanneRobin

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jan Marquardt on December 20, 2011
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I've been trying to read, speak and understand French for over 40 years. I consider myself pretty fluent for everyday conversations; less so during academic theory. However, I realized how hard it is to totally get inside another language when I found Kristin Espinasse's 'French-word-a-day' blog a number of years ago. So many other meanings and wonderful idiomatic phrases for words I already knew! If only I could keep them all in my head, I'd sound like a native. The best thing about her books, however, is that one does not feel like one is learning a language when one reads her stories (and I have all three previous books, each one sweetly autographed with a kind comment before mailing). There are word lessons, yes, but also lessons about culture, family, neighbors, livelihoods, values, personal growth. She believes she is simply writing little anecdotes from her life as an American married to a Frenchman with a vineyard to illustrate the use of French terms. She is doing much more than that; she is sharing her uniquely artistic and optimistic view of life with us--perfect strangers--who become enthralled. Witness the dozens of comments from her 'fans' for every post on her blog. When the puppy was injured, we all agonized through the vet reports. When her children reach milestones, we remember and we empathize. When her mother visits, we laugh and enjoy her antics. When a social occasion is awkward, we squirm with her. When she meets a wonderful stranger and tells us of their conversation, we eagerly look for their photo further down the page. Now she is going through the terror of surgeries for skin cancer and everyone who reads her blog has become part of an international cheering section. This book chronicles a few years from the best blog stories and photographs. Don't be left out of the Espinasse family! You don't have to be interested in learning French to enjoy these heartwarming stories.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Bruce T. Paddock on December 19, 2011
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I was drawn to Ms. Espinasse's writing because I love France and the French language. But this book is about a lot more than that. A surprising number of amazing and unique characters have passed through her life, and reading about them is a treat. What's more, she manages to pull important lessons out of the most minor (or major) of events, which sounds really sappy, but I promise it isn't.

The essays in this book are fun to read, some are very funny, some are touching. But I recommend reading them each a second time, too (don't worry, they're short), That's when Espinasse's writing style -- her playful use of words and hints at deeper ideas -- really shows itself.

If you're a Francophile like me, you should get this book. But even if you couldn't care less about France, you will still really enjoy this book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Patty on December 19, 2011
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Having spent a month in Provence three summers ago, I am always yearning to return, and next time a visit "chez Espinasse" and their marvelous vinyard, Domaine Rouge-Bleu, will be top of the list. I have Kristen's earlier books and follow her thrice-weekly blog. These essays are full of family adventures, including the popular, scene-stealing family pets, Goldens Braise and her pup, Smokey. It is a pleasure to read her accounts of life in France and to attempt to increase my French language skills with the many French words and expressions offered in her writings. A pleasure to read and an excellent holiday gift for my friends. I highly recommend.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 22, 2011
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Blossoming In Provence is a series of short autobiographical vignettes about life, love, and children. Kristin Espinasse is a gifted author. She chooses words very carefully and manages to paint beautiful images with few words.

Espinasse married a Frenchman and moved to the south of France. The book is a series of essays about being American, learning a foreign language, raising children, being deeply in love with her husband, and adapting to the culture of a miniscule village. In the meantime, Espinasse tosses in some French lessons.

I am a very slow reader, I love words, and I spend time reading every word authors decide are worth putting on a page. I finished this book in about an hour. If I didn't speak and read French, I might have spent a bit more time learning some of the vocabulary, some of the pretext of this book.

This is an inviting book; the cover art is simply gorgeous. The page layout is perfection; somebody has chosen a wonderful typeface and paid close attention to white space. The French vocabulary sections are nicely laid out almost like menus for a restaurant. The one big criticism I have of the book is printing of the photographs. The book is soft bound and printed on cream matte paper. The pictures tend to be a muddy gray mess; the contrast is way too low for this type of printing. The images would work much better in color or properly converted to black and white and then printed on proper paper. It appears that Espinasse is also the photographer; she does have some talent with the camera. It's sad to see so many photographs displayed so poorly.

Espinasse is far more talented than Frances Mayes (Under The Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill F. on December 22, 2011
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Kristin Espinasse exemplifies the new face of great writers. She is among those brave few who are willing to put their daily lives on display with indelible ink .. a daunting task that takes huge amounts of courage, dedication, and tenacity. Those of us who are privy to her writing are truly witnessing history in the making. Following her blog @ French-Word-A-Day has become a daily staple for nearly 35,000 people, and with good reason. Buying her books is an honor .. an honor because that act will make it possible for her to continue giving herself to us in the most gracious and unselfish manner she constantly exhibits. Kristin is leaving a beautiful footprint, which history will surely recognize. Read her stuff .. you'll be glad you did.
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