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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Distinction Press; 2nd Revised & Enlarged edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980217571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980217575
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone who has visited France, this book is a must read!
C F Beyer
I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review with France Book Tours.
Gaele
Anne-Marie Simons has done it again with Taking Root in Provence.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John P. Moore on August 6, 2011
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I had earlier purchased and read "Ten Years in Provence" published in 2008. I enjoyed reading that book. Three years later in 2011 "Taking Root in Provence" was published. One would think that that the 2011 publication was a different book based on the title and Amazon's description. Surprisingly, it is the same book as the 2008 publication, but with a new title and an additional six chapters of approximately 30 pages which the author admits at the bottom of the Introduction in small print. The 2011 version is still a good read for someone who had not already purchased the 2008 edition.

I believe that Amazon needs to make this clear in its product description. Maybe the author should have waited until she had enough original material for a new book rather than creating what may appear to some to be a marketing deception.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly K. Fisher on May 4, 2011
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If you are looking for an armchair getaway filled with charm, subdued sophistication and grace, pick up a copy of "Taking Root in Provence" by Anne-Marie Simons. A writer and traveler, Anne-Marie has that certain way of casually transporting you to a different place through the eyes of a local.

As a former American, the Simons' decided on retiring in the South of France. The main draw? Quality of life. The beaches, mountains, fresh air, ancient cities, remote villages and culture drew them in. Get a little glimpse of the daily life of an American in Provence; and experience drama of the daily markets, village life, transportation strikes, gypsies, curious villagers, French traditions, truffle cheaters, winter festivities, apartment mishaps, the humor of being lost in translation, wine and of course, food.

The book reads as part memoir and part travel guide, as we go from Provence to Marseilles to Nice exploring the culture, life and cuisine of Southern France.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Citizen Paine on May 22, 2011
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Travel books, books about moving overseas, books that examine the culture of a country and its people (how unique we all are!), and books about delectable cuisines and cooking all tickle my fancy. So it was fated that I'd love Taking Root in Provence--a single book that blends all four aspects and manages to do it with graceful panache.

This is a rare book, as fulsome as a triple chocolate bon-bon. Because Provence is high on my personal 'bucket list' of must-see travel spots, I was eager to see what the author would tell me. She told me well. A natural story-teller with finely honed powers of observation, the author took me along on a happy romp. I finished the book with a sigh, sad at its end, having learned, tasted, laughed and explored this magical part of the world.

Ms. Simons is a tour guide of wit and puckish humor. Sometimes laudatory, sometimes gently critical, she reveals a multi-layered Provence, lovingly dissected in chapters that stand as separate stories. Taking Root in Provence is like a box of bon-bons, pick one and savor it, pick again to find a new treasure, or practice willpower and try not to devour the entire box at one gulp.

Me? I devoured the book in one binge into the wee hours, too fascinated to put it down.

Why have so many artists been drawn to Provence, painted its streets, its people, its landscapes? Simons observes, "There are other beautiful places in the world, so what is it about this area that so inspires artists? ...of course the climate and the beauty of the place contribute to a sense of general well-being, but in the end I believe the answer is to be found in the particular luminosity of Provence."

Ultimately, that's why I enjoyed Ms. Simon's writing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C F Beyer on May 4, 2011
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For anyone who has visited France, this book is a must read! The author, clearly in sync with her surroundings, takes a perceptive and humorous look at all aspects of life in Southern France. From its festivals, of which there are many, to its food, which, with Gallic flair, is of utmost importance, Simons enjoys it all to the fullest. She is steeped in the history and the legends; one such is the Tripe Festival, complete with dancers called the Tripettes. As for the food, she and her husband even include recipes for us. All is delightfully woven together with wit and charm. I liked this book so much I bought several copies for friends. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Voigts on May 25, 2011
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I get a LOT of travel books to review. This one stands out - it's not a travel guide, per se - more a meander through a year in provence. With lovely stories, history, food, culture, geography, and more, Simons fills a niche I didn't even know existed - a book that moves me to come visit, learn, and EAT! The recipes at the back are a welcome addition to a fantastic read.
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By Rebecca Mugridge on March 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
Taking Root in Provence is a collection of short vignettes about the author's experiences settling in Provence and getting to know her new neighborhood and culture. Author Anne-Marie Simons retired with her husband, Oscar, and spent some time travelling before settling down in the town Aix-en-Provence, France. Simons writes about the weather, shopping, holidays, art, language, food, wine, and more. As I read through the short three to four page chapters, it occurred to me that they read like a series of blog posts, which indeed, they were originally.

Taking Root in Provence contains many pleasant, short essays about all aspects of life in the author's new environs. Aside from the two passages to which I objected above, I enjoyed reading about her new life and experiences. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys armchair travelling.

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