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." ...more

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The $64 Tomato: How One Man...

3.76 avg rating — 3,899 ratings — published 2006 — 9 editions
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52 Loaves: One Man's Relent...

3.82 avg rating — 1,874 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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Flirting with French: How a...

3.90 avg rating — 1,431 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
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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

“Choose one thing you care about and resolve to do it well. Whether you succeed or not, you will be the better for the effort.”
William Alexander

“The nice thing about baking alone in the kitchen before dawn is that you can talk to yourself like a crazy person and no one suspects you're a crazy person.”
William Alexander, 52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust

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