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Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life
3.54
I only read about 50 pages of this book. I'm not sure why I didn't like it. It's letters from Nina to her sister back in a small English down while Ni ...more
May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014
 
French Kissing
3.17
it was ok
This book, by the author of Petite Anglaise, follows an English girl living in France with her four year old daughter in the months immediately after ...more
not set
Sep 29, 2011
 
Un Amico Italiano: Eat, Pray, Love in Rome
3.19
it was ok
Luca Spaghetti, an Italian man Elisabeth Gilbert meets in Eat, Pray, Love, provides his take on Italy and his friendship with Elisabeth. I cannot clai ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 04, 2011
 
Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)
3.50
it was amazing
I'm recommending this book only for the wonderful descriptions of the bakeries in Paris and NYC. Amy Thomas gets a great gig in Paris for 6 months and ...more
not set
Apr 15, 2012
 
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
3.95
liked it
I wasn't sure of this book at first, about an American mom in Paris, who notices French children are better behaved, eat better, sleep better and are ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2012
 
Paris Letters
3.83
liked it
The author, tired of her life as a copywriter, makes a decision to change her life. What would it take to quit her job for a year? Her friend suggests ...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
 
Glitter and Glue
3.77
it was amazing
Kelly Corrigan documented her battle with cancer in the light of her close relationship with her father in The Middle place. This books pays homage to ...more
not set
Mar 23, 2014
 
Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World
3.40
liked it
This book had all the elements of a book I would love: living overseas, romance, travel memoir. Lynne Martin writes of a period in her life when she a ...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
 
Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag
3.82
really liked it
I loved this book and toyed with giving it 5 stars. The only reason I didn't was b/c it might not be THE most well written book I've ever read. Howeve ...more
not set
May 06, 2011
 
The Foremost Good Fortune
3.64
liked it
The author and her husband move overseas, to Bejing, for two years with their two young sons (4 and 6). She does not speak Chinese and knows no one th ...more
not set
Apr 10, 2011
 
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
4.19
it was amazing
I loved this book. The author tells stories of his life in Paris with many of the conundrums posed by the French, such as being reprimanded for questi ...more
May 23, 2014
May 23, 2014
 
Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness
3.79
really liked it
This is a mix of a Jeannette Walls type memoir by a food/recipe blogger. I enjoyed the early parts of the author's life more than the part devoted to ...more
May 16, 2015
May 17, 2015
 
In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France
3.83
really liked it
Susan Loomis writes more about living in Louviers and how French women seem to easily put multi course dinners together. Writing about various courses ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2015
 
Driving Hungry: A Memoir
3.48
really liked it
Layne Mosler is unhappy and has no direction in her life. She moves to Argentina and falls in love with tango and starts to search out good places to ...more
Sep 06, 2015
Sep 08, 2015
 
A Model Summer
3.34
it was ok
I have a weakness for books written by celebrities and what better celebrity than a SuperModel. While this book was not unreadable, by page 50, I fond ...more
Dec 24, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
 
Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law
3.75
liked it
I wasn't sure I would love this book at first, which is told as a memoir in snippets more than as a straightforward autobiography, but it did tend to ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 12, 2016
 
Paris, He Said
3.07
really liked it
Interesting book about a struggling artist who moves to Paris with her much older boyfriend/art dealer, who wants to financially support her while she ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2015
 
Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
4.09
really liked it
The third in a very loose series about American kids studying in France. The first book was about Anna and St Clair, the second about a girl in Califo ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
 
French Milk
3.32
liked it
Interesting anime book about the author's 5 week visit to Paris with her mother. Written and illustrated by the same person. Lots of talk about art an ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2013
 
Paris Was Ours
3.76
liked it
This is a book of essays about Paris by various writers. I picked it up b/c I was familiar with a few of them (David Leibowitz and one other I've alre ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2011
 
Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself
3.44
really liked it
Isabelle is lost in NY and moves to China with a sister she has never really connected with. This sounds like a typical Chick Lit set up but the book ...more
not set
Oct 13, 2010
 
Buying a Piece of Paris
3.16
it was amazing
An Australian woman embarks on a plan to buy an apt in Paris. I loved it. I love most books about adapting to life in France; this was no exception. I ...more
not set
Aug 27, 2010
 
Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes
3.82
really liked it
Solid follow up to Lunch in Paris, Elizabeth Bard tells of moving to Provence and settling into a small village with her French husband and baby. Lots ...more
not set
May 14, 2015
 
Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home
3.75
did not like it
I thought this would be a good living overseas memoir, but it started out as a sniping-at-each-other-so-we'll-move-to-Italy-and-save-our-marriage and ...more
not set
Mar 05, 2011
 
The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All
3.33
As much as I love books about living overseas, this one did not resonate. I think I borrowed it on the kindle from amazon or purchased it inexpensivel ...more
Jun 2015
Jul 09, 2015
 
My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes)
3.71
it was amazing
What more could I ask for? The memoir of a girl, living in America, starts a cooking blog while longing to live overseas.

Now her blog is a must-read
...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Girls #2)
4.06
it was ok
I was 40 pages into this sequel to Shanghai Girls when I put it down. Not interested in the Cultural Revolution and I couldn't quite follow the story.
not set
Jun 26, 2011
 
I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany
3.74
liked it
Guy moves to Breton and buys a house. It's okay, but definitely not the best of the genre. It held my interest to a modest degree, but that was all.
not set
Feb 28, 2011
 
An Italian Affair
3.64
it was amazing
I love this author and will read most anything she writes.
not set
Jan 26, 2015
 
All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women
3.63
I just skimmed this one.
not set
Oct 22, 2014
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