Almost French

Almost French

Love and A New Life in Paris

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Penguin Putnam
The charming true story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure--and the love of her life--in Paris.

"This isn't like me. I'm not the sort of girl who crosses continents to meet up with a man she hardly knows. Paris hadn't even been part of my travel plan..."

A delightful, fresh twist on the travel memoir, Almost French takes us on a tour that is fraught with culture clashes but rife with deadpan humor. Sarah Turnbull's stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week. Chance had brought Sarah and Frédéric together in Bucharest, and on impulse she decided to take him up on his offer to visit him in the world's most romantic city. Sacrificing Vegemite for vichyssoise, the feisty Sydney journalist does her best to fit in, although her conversation, her laugh, and even her wardrobe advertise her foreigner status.

But as she navigates the highs and lows of this strange new world, from life in a bustling quatier and surviving Parisian dinner parties to covering the haute couture fashion shows and discovering the hard way the paradoxes of France today, little by little Sarah falls under its spell: maddening, mysterious, and charged with that French specialty-séduction.

An entertaining tale of being a fish out of water, Almost French is an enthralling read as Sarah Turnbull leads us on a magical tour of this seductive place-and culture-that has captured her heart.

Baker & Taylor
A Sydney journalist recounts her unexpected move to Paris, through which she fell in love and came to cherish the city's charm, fashion, food, paradoxes, and dinner parties.

& Taylor

A Sydney journalist recounts her unexpected move to Paris, through which she fell in love and came to cherish the city's charm, fashion, food, paradoxes, and dinner parties. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, [2003], c2002
ISBN: 9781592400386
Branch Call Number: B TUR
Characteristics: x, 304 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 15, 2017

Insightful glimpse into the life of an expat.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 31, 2014

If you enjoyed Le Marriage or Le Divorce, you will love Sarah Turnbull’s account of her experiences in Paris adjusting to life with the charming man she met in Belgrade. An Australian journalist, she found the differences in culture profound, but after some years and many faux pas she came to understand the nuances of French conversation and attitudes towards life. Now married, she lives happily in Paris, half French, with her husband and little dog, and is a contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine –- in French.

Mar 18, 2014

I loved this book. The author writes well, she's funny and self-deprecating, and she conveys an obvious love of life. It's a contagious emotion! I love her life, too, and have her second book on hold. I'm always more interested in non-fiction than fiction, particularly when the non-fiction reads like a really tremendous dose of fiction!

Jan 25, 2014

Wonderful, witty descriptions of the mysteries and pleasures of living in Paris. The author provides a lighthearted perspective on how to make friends, shop, commute, and own a dog the Parisian way as she simultaneously develops her relationship with her Parisian boyfriend. Some parts were so funny I read them aloud to family members.

Jan 02, 2013

OMG, I was so bored reading this that I gave up halfway through.


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