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A French Affair: The Paris Beat, 1965-1998
by Mary Blume
America and France have always had a special relationship. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the two have enjoyed a love affair of sorts, with all the love/hate dynamics that suggests. From Benjamin Franklin charming Louis XVI to Jackie Kennedy enchanting Charles de Gaulle, the two peoples have fascinated and repelled each other. Mary Blume has cultivate ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published November 5th 1999 by Free Press
(first published 1999)
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Even the most dedicated expat rarely manages to completely fit into an adopted foreign culture. It's precisely this quality that allows American Mary ...more [close] Even the most dedicated expat rarely manages to completely fit into an adopted foreign culture. It's precisely this quality that allows American Mary Blume to so thoughtfully observe and record Paris, the city that's served as her home for over three decades, though its ways may still mystify her. In A French Affair--a collection of ...more
A collection of pieces written by Mary Blume which first appeared in the Inernational Herald Tribune. They are dated and insubstantial covering the period 1965-1998. There are some nuggets like a piece about a bearded lady but you have to read too many mediocre pieces for every good one.