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At Home in France: Tales of an American and Her House Abroad
by Ann Barry
Ann Barry was a single woman, working and living in New York, when she fell in love with a charming house in Carennac in southwestern France. Even though she knew it was the stuff of fantasy, even though she knew she would rarely be able to spend more than four weeks a year there, she was hooked. This spirited, captivating memoir traces Ms. Barry's adventures as she follow ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Ballantine Books
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Mar 29, 2013 Sharon rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is the true story of Ann Barry of Manhatten. She had travelled to a small village in France while on vacation, staying at the cottage of a friend. She loved the area and ended up purchasing a nearby rustic cottage in Carennac in southwestern France. There are beautiful descriptions of the local food and her week trying to find the best bread. Barry has actually written food and travel articles for The New Yorker and the New York Times, which is probably why her book excells in this detail. ...more
Reading this book led me to want to visit the Dordogne section of SW France, and it became one of my favorite regions when we visited in 2006. It might have been my very favorite region, full of castles, rivers, small villages, and 15,000 year-old cave paintings, but I couldn't completely get past their obsession with foie grois and duck pate. We visited many of the villages and monuments that Barry describes, and I was never disappointed. Of all the memoirs about buying a house in France, this ...more
nonfiction. Author is single, lives in NY and falls in love w/a home in Carennac in the sw of France. This book is endearing as it really describes everything about her getting her house fixed up to live in, her neighbors, her life. I wanted to go there from reading her book! Ann was a writer for the New Yorker and the NYTimes. I couldnt wait for her next book; however, Ann died of cancer in 1996. This book is very special to read and be glad she enjoyed her short life so much!
Some moments were warm and funny, most moments it was like reading a housewifes not so interetsing diary. Too much use of French without translation. I guessed at what the French probably meant based on the context of the paragraph, but really would have liked English, at least in paranthesis, to tell me what was being said.
My French teacher loaned this to me - a nice escape. Wish I was there! This was a very fun read. The experiences of the author/home owner were exciting enough to keep your interest and mundane enough to support the title of the book - I felt right "at home". (or wished ...)