Keith Van Sickle

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Keith Van Sickle grew up in Alameda, California, the son of public school teachers. He got his first taste of overseas life while spending a college term in England and later backpacked around the world for six months.

Grateful for the scholarships that helped him pay for college, in 1987 he started a foundation that helps students from Alameda pursue a college education.

Keith fell in love with Europe during a five-year expat assignment in Switzerland, where he and his wife Val lived in a village with more cows than people. After returning to the US, Keith helped start a company whose product was so geeky that he still doesn’t quite understand it.

Keith and Val dreamed of living abroad again but were unable to find another expat gig. So they
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Keith Van Sickle I'm getting ready to write a follow-up book, continuing the story of the adventures my wife Val and I have enjoyed in France.

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I'm getting ready to write a follow-up book, continuing the story of the adventures my wife Val and I have enjoyed in France.

So here's a question for any readers who may wish to weigh in - what, if anything, would you like to be different in this second book? You can either comment on my blog (at www.keithvansickle.com) or my Facebook page (Keith Van Sickle, Author) or write directly at author@keithvansickle.com.

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Keith Van Sickle My wife and I once had the opportunity to live and work in Switzerland as expats. After five years our assignment ended and we tried to find another,…moreMy wife and I once had the opportunity to live and work in Switzerland as expats. After five years our assignment ended and we tried to find another, but no luck.

Eventually we invented our own expat gig by quitting our jobs and becoming consultants (allowing us to sometimes work from afar). Then we moved to France part-time, despite having only the most tenuous command of the language. Hilarity, as they say, ensued.

We have eventually settled into France, mastered the language and developed a wide circle of friends. I thought that our story would be interesting to others, both for the way we worked our way into French society and because we split our time between two countries. Plus I have a lot of funny stories about how France is, um, different than the US!(less)
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Going to the Movies in St-Rémy


Let’s say you are staying in St-Rémy-de-Provence and expecting beautiful weather, only to discover that it’s raining buckets. Or maybe it’s one of those days that is just so hot you can’t move. What to do? Here’s an idea—go to the movies!


St-Rémy has a delightful little theater that shows first-run movies, including some in English. And there are several nearby towns with movie theaters as wel...

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This was a fascinating view of the life of one of the major figures of 15th century Europe. Like Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, it is a story told in the first person, faithful to known historical facts but mostly imagined. It succeeded brilliantly ...more
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You can always count on Fred Vargas for a fun read. I generally prefer the Adamsberg books but the three emperors characters made for an interesting dynamic among the characters. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as you read.
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This is less a book with a plot than it is a framework for social commentary. Every few chapters a new character is introduced, most of whom quickly disappear and are never heard from again. But the chapters devoted to these characters are used as a ...more
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A little confusing at first because it goes back and forth in time and Duras uses both the first person and the third person to discuss herself and others. But once I got past that it was clear sailing and the story is quite extraordinary and moving.
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in Provence by Keith Van Sickle
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I've read several of the Adamsberg books by Fred Vargas and this is the best so far. The way Jean-Baptiste goes about solving his cases is always a pleasure to read. Bravo, Fred!
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My wife and I drive from San Francisco to San Diego several times a year. It's an unpleasant drive: California's Central Valley is hot and boring and LA is one long traffic jam. But today's drive was quite pleasant, as we were in the company of Alexa ...more
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I've read several of the Adamsberg books by Fred Vargas and this is the best so far. The way Jean-Baptiste goes about solving his cases is always a pleasure to read. Bravo, Fred!
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