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A Feast at the Beach by William Widmaier
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Mar 18, 2012

really liked it

This is the best kind of memoir - bringing all the senses to life, evoking the timelessness of childhood and feelings we've all shared, in a landscape and culture which have become archetypes of the good life. William subtly draws us in so that we feel we're there with him. The chapters are gemlike sketches of deeply loved people like Pepe and Meme, Uncle Jacques, Chantal, and of William himself coming of age - that bittersweet, mysterious process none of us is ever really prepared for. Punctuating the stories with tantalizing recipes is a stroke of genius, but makes for frequent interruptions, because hunger or curiosity will often send you to the kitchen or the market!
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