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The House in France: A Memoir Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 21, 2011
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''This is a superbly entertaining memoir full of delicious anecdote, witty portraiture, and unexpected pathos. I have been dining out for weeks on stories stolen from this volume.'' --Zoe Heller, author of What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal
''Travel, celebrity, infidelity--and a generous dose of Provence. Charming and fascinating.'' -- Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence
''Gorgeous, smart--indeed, brilliant--utterly captivating. And beautifully written. I can't think when I've enjoyed a memoir so much.'' --Christopher Buckley --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Wells consistently paints images of a young girl coming to understand her mother through her writing, the eccentricities she observed and why it was her mother became the fierce independent woman who spoke her mind with such resolute conviction being the glamorous and often rebellious American journalist who wrote for The Guardian, The New York Times as well as authored a successful book titled Jane released in 1973. Explaining how her mother's wisdom clearly molded her into the woman she became, Wells giftedly tells a seemingly objective description that isn't always flattering, but always intriguing; however, throughout the entire piece there is an undercurrent of utter love and adoration that can't be contained in the last few pages as she writes about her return to her mother's house in France and how after six years following her mother's death she is finally able to return as she has never been without her mother present until at that very moment.
Beginning in Paris where her mother and father met and married, readers will be delighted, shocked, impressed and charmed by this wonderfully scripted memoir that is a traveler's dream and a daughter's reality.
Excerpt from the book: "'Take a chance' - this was the precept she had always lived by, the impulse that had propelled her forward, the belief she clung to as fervently as any of the pilgrims who worshipped at the shrine of Notre-Dame du Beausset-Vieux, in that tiny chapel on top of the hill, behind our house."
The house of the title is an ancient, beloved farmhouse at the unfashionable end of the Cote d'Azur. It is here that the family shares their most delightful, outrageous and hilarious adventures with a cast of characters that would be impossible to invent. It is the single place they will all be forever drawn back to.
I can't recommend this book enough. It is not only highly entertaining, but laugh-out-loud funny, a perfect summer read.
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Couldn't get through this book so I donated it bc I doubt I could get any money out of it anyway.Published 8 months ago by patronus
I'm thinking Gully ran into financial difficulties and hoped this spin on her life might sell. Don't waste your time reading it.Published 22 months ago by auggie's mom
One of the best books on this subject, and there are quite a few.Published on July 20, 2014 by helene cabell
This is a great read - if you are into the 'goings-on' of the rich, famous and intellectual set of the 50's - 70's. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by JRM
The House in France was pretty good. It's like a love letter to Wells's mom and childhood, which was pretty great. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Melissa Schatzberg
This book is a romp through the 1960's; while I was living in the American suburbs eating TV dinners, Gully Wells was living in Provence, eating bouillabaisse with fish caught... Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Leslie Dimit
I simple enjoy reading about someone's remembrance of growing up with parents who had a vast number of friends who later made history. Actually some made history at the time. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Ms. Tomi Kent-Smith
i wanted to like this book but the beginning was so far off base for me that i've given up reading it.Published on July 13, 2013 by on-the-go