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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 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)
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.

So here's a question for …more
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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Light and Magic in France


What do you do with a giant cavern?


That was the question that vexed the Provençal village of Les Baux-de-Provence. For centuries, giant blocks of white limestone had been extracted from a nearby mountain to build the town and its towering château. But by 1935, competition had forced the limestone quarry to close, leaving behind a massive, ghostly chamber. There it sat for decades, cold and sil

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Lovely illustrations, charming story, I really enjoyed this BD.
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It is always fun to read a book by David Foenkinos. His little asides and social comments are delightful. This book was a nice romp that I enjoyed very much, though it dragged in parts.
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Well-enough written with some interesting plot twists, though others you could see coming a mile away. And several parts were downright grotesque. I won't be reading the rest of this trilogy.
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La Chambre des merveilles by Julien Sandrel
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit sappy at times but overall excellent and often touching.. I laughed out loud a few times, like the scene with the police and the taxi--so funny!
" Funny story! I love the part about your French editor identifying too closely with your antagonist. "
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"Choosing an editor for French Illusions back in 2013 wasn’t easy. As a matter of fact, it was downright difficult. I searched the web for many months, pouring through blogs and editors guilds until I found three candidates who looked promising. I ..." Read more of this blog post »
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An interesting period piece, and a sad story indeed. Like many French novels of its time, there are plenty of extreme emotions, making it a bit over-the-top to a modern reader.

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It is always fun to read a book by David Foenkinos. His little asides and social comments are delightful. This book was a nice romp that I enjoyed very much, though it dragged in parts.
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