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On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis
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Feb 10, 2009

really liked it
Recommended to Mom by: found in resale store in Seoul, S.Korea
Recommended for: would-be emigrants, mothers-to-be
Read in December, 2008 , read count: once

This memoir is by a writer and cookbook author who emigrated from Maine to a French town to start afresh in the country where she had studied as a new college graduate. In between she had lived on both coasts of the U.S. with her husband, and son, a toddler at the time of the "big move".

They embarked on renovating a beautiful neglected house, a convent for 300 years, overlooking the Catholic church and priest's dwelling. That underway, they entertained in a setting of delicious food, country markets and occasional trips to Paris. They also dealt with the neighbors, officialdom, babies and schools.

Enjoyment of daily life is the motif, enhanced by recipes from French and local cuisine, scattered throughout the book. I was interested that all this happened after the author turned 37. I am amazed at her energy and happy for her that this adventure was not disrupted by concerns for family back home. Blessed by an optimistic temperament and talent for friendship, she was lucky in this respect also. I will certainly read her sequel, as should anyone curious about life in France. Adam Gopnik's "Paris to the Moon" comes to mind, as he added his praise to the cover blurb of this colorful easy read.

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