Book Title: Are We French Yet? Keith & Val’s Adventures In Provence by Keith Van Sickle
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 157 pages
Genre: Travel memoir
Publisher: Dresher Publishing
Release date: December 15, 2018
Content Rating: PG
Can Two Americans Really Become French? Val and Keith turned their lives upside down when they quit their jobs and moved to Provence. But they wondered: Can we fit in? And maybe become French ourselves? Follow their adventures as they slowly unlock the mysteries of France… – Is it true that French people are like coconuts? – Can you learn to argue like a French person? – What books have changed French lives? – Most important of all, how do you keep your soup from exploding? There’s more to becoming French than just learning the language. If you want the inside scoop on la belle France, you won’t want to miss this delightful book!
Reading travel memoirs are a great way to experience armchair traveling. I love Europe and was quickly attracted to the book cover of this memoir that promised some humorous anecdotes of Keith and his wife Val's adventures while living in France. I was right. I was entertained from the first chapter to the last.
Are We French Yet? is a catchy title to a delightful, funny, and easy-to-read book with large font and short chapters. As a matter of fact, I breezed through it and wished I was in Provence sipping wine with Keith and Val, on a picnic, while listening to their humorous experiences of adapting to life in a small town in southern France. A lot of times, as I was reading, I longed to experience the small town life (I'm a city girl) and to taste all the foods and wine mentioned throughout! My mouth watered at the descriptions of some meals they shared with friends. Ah...the homemade bouillabaisse...I hope to try it one day.
Van Sickle discusses a variety of topics (besides food and wine) such as tackling a new language, the societal and behavioral rules and their nuances, such as when entering the waiting room of a doctor's office, France's politics, shopping in a small town, fashion (the famous French scarf), books, biking, making friends, and the blunders of Americans learning to live in another country.
This was a fun book to read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves memoirs, France, traveling and the expat life.
Keith Van Sickle is the author of the Amazon best-seller One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence. A lifelong traveler who got his first taste of overseas life as a university student in England, Keith later backpacked around the world on his own. But it was the expat assignment to Switzerland that made him fall in love with Europe. With his wife Val and their trusty dog Mica, he now splits his time between California and Provence, delving ever deeper into what makes France so endlessly fascinating.
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