William Alexander

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William Alexander is the author, most recently, of "Flirting with French." His previous books include the bestseller "The $64 Tomato" and "52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust." The New York Times has said about him, "His timing and his delivery are flawless."

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The $64 Tomato: How One Man...

3.74 avg rating — 3,483 ratings — published 2006 — 7 editions
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52 Loaves: One Man's Relent...

3.79 avg rating — 1,591 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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Flirting with French: How a...

3.90 avg rating — 1,173 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
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" Can you please link Flirting with French to my author profile - I am also the author of THE $64 TOMATO and 52 LOAVES. Thanks. "
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Max Perkins by A. Scott Berg
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Reading Dante by Prue Shaw
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Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill
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I finally figured out what the Spanish Civil War was all about from reading this intriguing account of the Hemingway, the photographer Robert Capa, and other journalists and photographers who tried to bring this precursor of WW II fascism to the worl ...more
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American Romantic by Ward Just
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This book, which takes place on the eve of the US's military involvement in Vietnam, is a fascinating novel about a mid-level career diplomat sent on a dangerous mission. A good book to read when you've run out of Graham Greene.
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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker
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I'm not sure what to make of this 600-page "literary thriller." For that matter, I'm not sure what the definition is of a "literary thriller." Except that it gets praised in the New Yorker. Dicker takes us through so many plot twists it's hard to kee ...more
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The Skies Belong to Us by Brendan I. Koerner
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Who knew (or remembered) that into the early 1970s that plane hijackings were weekly, fairly benign occurrences, or that the airlines fiercely lobbied against (and delayed by a decade) luggage x-rays and passenger screening? This fascinating book rea ...more
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Sous Chef by Michael Gibney
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This unglamorized look (no celebrity chefs or witty irreverence, as is the norm with these kind of books) at one (composite) day in the life of NYC restaurant kitchen demystified a lot of that world for me. If you've ever wondered how a kitchen can t ...more
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“I’m lecturing my class last week. In the English language, I tell them, a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative. And I hear a voice from the back of the room: ‘Yeah, right.’ ”
William Alexander, Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart

“How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex? —Julia Child”
William Alexander, 52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust

“On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. (We see well only with the heart.) —ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Le petit prince, 1943”
William Alexander, Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart

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