At Home in France

At Home in France

Tales of An American and Her House Abroad

eBook - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
"As beguiling and delectable as France itself."

*Mimi Sheraton

"Ann Barry tells her tale directly and clearly, without cloying artifice or guile, so that it has the warmth, honesty, and force of a long letter from an old friend. She makes her reader a welcome house guest in her much-loved little cottage in the heart of France."

*Susan Allen Toth

Ann Barry was a single woman, working and living in New York, when she fell in love with a charming house in Carennac in southwestern France. Even though she knew it was the stuff of fantasy, even though she knew she would rarely be able to spend more than four weeks a year there, she was hooked. This spirited, captivating memoir traces Ms. Barry's adventures as she follows her dream of living in the French countryside: Her fascinating (and often humorous) excursions to Brittany and Provence, charmed nights spent at majestic chateaux and back-road inns, and quiet moments in cool Gothic churches become our own.

And as the years go by, and "l' Americaine," as she is known, returns again and again to her real home, she becomes a recognizable fixture in the neighborhood. Ann Barry is a foreigner enchanted with an unpredictable world that seems constantly fresh and exciting. In this vivid memoir, she shares the colorful world that is her France.


*The New Yorker

"DELIGHTFUL . . . BARRY WRITES ENGAGINGLY. . . . [She] is very much at home in such fine company as M.F.K. Fisher's Two Towns in Provence, Robert Daley's Portraits of France, and Richard Goodman's French Dirt.

*St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Baker & Taylor
Follows one woman's adventures in transcontinental living after falling in love with the French countryside and recounts her experiences with animal coinhabitants, her journeys to Brittany and Provence, and her relationships with her neighbors. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780307775658
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 11, 2018

The book becomes a bit tedious after the first 70 pages: same neighbours, same problems, same house. However, the food description is superb and the book is very well written. It does provide an excellent insight to the French culture and people.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

Single and in her fifties, a New York editor describes her experiences in France with warmth, humour and candour.

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