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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader

Adventures-of-a-French-Reader

Joined October 2016

Book lover in San Antonio, TX / Like: 4/5 stars, So-so: 3 stars, Pan: 1/2 stars
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Le dernier Syrien | Omar Youssef Souleimane
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While I had some difficulty entering into the story at first, I then became invested in this group of young people trying to fight for freedom in a Syria torn by civil war.
Hopes and dreams are crushed by the violence of those wanting to impose their ideas, their rules.
It's a very well written book, a book that is inviting readers to think.
Don't think it has been translated into English.

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3.5/5
Craig Carlson recounts with honesty his experience opening the 1st American diner in Paris in the 2000s.
There is a tendency to focus on what goes wrong, there are some generalizations, but in comparison with other books I've read, it is pretty accurate.
It's always easier to navigate a system you're born into, and unfortunately, everywhere people manage to play the system.
French editor needed to correct the many mistakes in the book...

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Mehso-so

Quite disappointing...

While the subject matter is interesting, the delivery is lacking. First, the timeline of events is not well defined (no chronological order), then the structure of the book in itself isn't satisfactory neither. I feel like Jessica Bruder didn't really know where her book was leading, or the points she was wanting to make.

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Everything Inside | Edwidge Danticat
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Excellent short story collection.

Edwige Danticat offers beautifully crafted snippets of life. Her short stories mostly focus on the Haitian diaspora. She manages through her stories to evoke tragedy, nostalgia, hopes, solidarity, love.

Beautifully written. Highly recommend.

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Mehso-so

So-so (3/5)

I enjoyed some of the writing about nature and music, as well as some of the plot, but I must admit having had difficulty entering into the story and connecting with the characters... Quite on the fence on this one.

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Year of the Rabbit | Tian Veasna
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Tian Veasna uses the graphic format to recount his family's experience in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

We are to witness the horrors, the violence, the absurdity of the regime, with some moments of bliss, solidarity, compassion, and hope. It's a very detailed book, perfectly constructed, with all the necessary information to understand the regime and the context.

I love graphic nonfictions, and this one didn't disappoint.

charl08 I'm a fan of this one too. Hope they write more! 4w
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I quite enjoyed this uplifting book about a group of women running through cancer.
The author got inspired by her own experience with cancer, which adds authenticity.
The chapters are short, and the different plots are entertaining. A heavy subject, but with a good dose of humor.

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It's the second book I found for my friend at Barnes & Noble.

We both love cats, so it would be hard to resist such a cute little story. I liked the humor too.

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A Bedtime Hug | Patricia Hegarty
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On Saturday, I went to Barnes & Noble to look for books for a friend of mine who recently gave birth... Despite a quite poor selection I found two nice books.

The tagged book is cute, perfect as a bedtime story.

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La premire nuit | Marc Levy
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I read this duology for a French book club. It was my first time reading Marc Levy, and probably my last.

The romance part is very cheesy... Then the "adventure" part is okay for entertainment, but far from being realistic. And comes the "philosophical" part: a mix of recycled ideas that don't hold much water. It's closer to "bar philosophy".

I would recommend Bernard Werber instead! Such a shame most of his books aren't available in English...

IuliaC There's one I enjoyed by Marc Levy, "Sept jours pour une étenité", the love story between an angel and a demon in present day San Francisco :) 1mo
vlwelser His books are a bit weird. The magical realism with the US setting didn't really work for me. Though I love that Reese Witherspoon movie where she's in a coma. Can't remember the French title. 1mo
Susanita I loved that movie! According to IMDb the French title is
Et si c'était vrai...
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catsuit_mango @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader i know that Bernard werber is very famous in Korea, and I am pretty sure at least the Ants serie and the Thanatonauts Serie have been translated. I agree that Werber is way better than Levy ;) 1mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @IuliaC @vlwelser @Susanita I've heard of Si c'était vrai, but didn't read or watch it. Didn't hear about Sept jours pour une éternité... I will see if my reading journey brings me back to this author, I'll try to keep an open mind, haha. 1mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @catsuit_mango I knew about the Ants, but are you sure about the Thanatonauts? Because I might be interested for one of my book club... Of course, I can read them in French, but sometimes people ask me for recommandations, and I realize so much great French authors are not translated into English. 1mo
catsuit_mango @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader i looked better and only the Ants are translated in English but other books are translated in German, Korean, Russian... Sorry about that :( 1mo
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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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I read this book probably in middle or high school, so a reread was long overdue.

This short novella shows the quick endoctrinement of a German, recently back in Germany from the United States, in the 1930s through the letters he exchanged with his Jewish business partner living in the United States. Betrayal and revenge play a big part. It's a novella that invites reflection.

squirrelbrain I love that quote! 💕 1mo
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Mehso-so

I like the art, but I'll need to read the second book to really know how I feel about the plot... I found some part quite lengthy. For the moment, I'm on the fence...

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La premire nuit | Marc Levy
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In the family of disruptive reading buddy, I present to you Nox...

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The Moffats | Eleanor Estes
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Overall an enjoyable read. I liked some chapters/stories more than others, some were kind of funny.
This book could help kids discover how people were living in the 1930-40s.

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Very soft so-so...
While I felt for Lebovitz's bad renovation experience (which from personal experience can happen anywhere), I found myself rolling my eyes a lot at some generalizations, exaggerations, and plain inaccuracies. It should have been better proofread, as I found a lot of mistakes with the words written in French...
If you feel like cooking though, I'm sure that you'll enjoy some of the recipes included in the book.

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The Anatomist's Wife | Anna Lee Huber
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First book in a mystery series, it offered me a very enjoyable read, perfect for relaxing. It's the type of books, I put in my guilty pleasure stack. It's a perfect palate cleanser, or a perfect read if you need a pick-me-up. While the crime is gruesome, romance is very present. The plot is very predictable, the romance part as well, but sometimes it's what you need ;)

kspenmoll I enjoyed this series for escapism. 1mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @kspenmoll You're spot on, the perfect books to escape everyday life, haha 1mo
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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What a pleasure to dive in this 19th century classic! I like all the social commentaries sprinkled in 19th century works (it's important to remember they weren't written for the hoi polloi, but for intellectuals to be later discussed in literary salons).
In this particular book, I like the fantasy-like atmosphere of not really knowing what belongs to the dream and what belongs to reality.
First Russian classic, but it won't be my last.

IuliaC Great review! 1mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @IuliaC Thanks! I love essays and philosophical discussions, so when I'm in the mood, I love diving into a 18th or 19th century book. They are often representative of the ideas circulating at the time. 1mo
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Phoning Home: Essays | Jacob M. Appel
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I didn't care much about his essays about his childhood, however his essays about medicine and his experience as a bioethicist were very interesting.

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Excellent non-fiction about the assassination attempt against Lincoln before his inauguration.
The authors did a great job at describing the political context of the time clearly without being boring. To the contrary, it reads very well, with some suspense.

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How to Be Happy | Eleanor Davis
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This series of graphic short stories was quite disappointing. I didn't connect at all with any of them. Luckily it was a quick read.

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I Remember Beirut | Zeina Abirached
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Zeina Abirached recounts some anecdotes about her life in Beirut, Lebanon during the civil war between Christians and Muslims.
While I liked her drawing style, the content feels more like a list of anecdotes without much, if any, explanation about the nature of the conflict.

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Unpopular opinion: disappointing collection of essays.
While I found some bits and pieces interesting, when it comes to making his points, his argumentation was superficial and weak. On some subjects, on the press for example, I found his writing naive, very much ignoring hard talks. He probably wanted to write an uplifting collection of essays, essays easy to understand, but in this case it's at the cost of intellectual honesty...

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A young Inuit leaves his community to serve as ambassador in France, having to adapt to the cultural differences, especially in the relationships between men and women.
I kept rolling my eyes, it was so so bad... Full of stupid clichés, superficial, simplistic, with pseudo-psychological thoughts. Just terrible.

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I really enjoyed this illustrated edition!

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When people visit a different country, or in this case live a few months a year in said country, they tend to take whatever happens to them, and generalize it to the whole country/population... This book is the perfect example. As a native French woman, I kept on rolling my eyes at the generalisation, which actually led the author to write a lot of wrong information.

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Overall interesting read about the use of comics by the US government for recrutement, for prevention, for education, etc.
This book includes extracts with notes to put them back into their context.

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True crime meets author's biography.
I really enjoyed the true crime part, and Casey Cep's insights on the life of Harper Lee were quite interesting. The title is quite misleading though, luckily I didn't read this book with any expectations. In the end, Harper Lee's involvement in the Reverend's case is rather anecdotal.

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The Age of Phillis | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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While I found the story of Phillis and Jeffers' essay at the end of the book interesting, I cannot say the same about Jeffers' poetry. Most of the book is composed of poems, but for me, it just doesn't work to narrate the story of Phillis. Jeffers' poetry style is also not my cup of tea...

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Late night relaxing read ;)
Liked the message, really enjoyed the illustrations of the different parks. Overall an excellent book for little kids!

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Did you know Dr Seuss worked for the military? In this extract, his style is very recognizable... These drawings were to inform soldiers about malaria, and how to protect themselves.
So far quite an interesting book overall about the use of comics by the US government.

mandarchy I think mosts artists were involved in the war effort. Many instructional films for soldiers were produced by Disney and Warner Brothers using the same animators and voice characters that you are probably familiar with. 2mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @mandarchy Yes, but it wasn't only during war times. It's interesting to see how they evolve through time. 2mo
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Long Range | C. J. Box
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2.5/5 Quite disappointed... The plot in itself is okay, but it felt quite cheesy and unrealistic to me.

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3.5/5 Interesting non-fiction about Annie Wilkins' journey across America in the 1950s. Elizabeth Letts sprinkles this book with trivia about the roads, the towns, and the American society.
A great achievement for a 60-year old woman to travel across America; Letts did a good job retracing her steps.
It felt repetitive sometimes though.

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Written for kids, this book is an experience in itself in nonsensical stories.
Reading some out loud is probably fun, but reading the whole book in one sitting led me close to the overdose.
Would be curious about how kids would respond to being read this book... A lot of people say it's actually not for kids, but I don't see why not.
Glad I experienced this book, definitely has to be read out loud.

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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I finally read this classic testimony of the horrors Elie Wiesel had experienced in the camps. Brutally honest, it's a very moving account that should be on everyone's reading list. He describes first the denial of his Jewish community when told about the dangers they would soon face, then he describes with a candid honesty how people did their best to survive.

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Papaya Salad | Elisa Macellari
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4/5
Based on true events told to the author, then found in a diary, this graphic novel recounts the childhood, and young life experiences of uncle Sompong up to him meeting his wife.
Through the life of an individual, we discover more about History, with his experience in the Thai army during World War II. I liked the author sharing the recipe for papaya salad, sprinkled along the book.
Really enjoyed the illustrations too.

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The Newcomer: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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3.5/5
Nice beach read, quite predictable, but somewhat entertaining. Not a book crush though.
Letty flees to Florida with her four-year-old niece after discovering her sister's body. In Florida, she stays in a motel, which address she found in her sister's "escape bag." There, she'll discover some of her sister's secrets.

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The Community: A Memoir | N. Jamiyla Chisholm
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4/5 In this memoir, N. Jamiyla Chisholm tries to make sense of the time she spent inside the Community, a conservative Muslim sect. This book isn't about the sect itself, it's actually about the personal experience of Jamiyla and her mother inside the community: what led them there, the process of indoctrination, what made the mother stay in, what decided the mother to leave, life afterwards, etc.
Very interesting read overall.

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Chien de printemps: roman | Patrick Modiano
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4/5 I was a little anxious before beginning this novella, because, generally I'm not a fan of Modiano's books. But I happened to really enjoyed this one.
The narrator recounts his time spent with the photographer Francis Jansen 30 years earlier.
This book is about what we witness, what we remember, about time passing by, and how with time passing, what we witnessed and remember can be reassessed, interpreted differently through a different lense.

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While I liked discovering the life and work of Graciela Iturbide, this graphic biography left me wanting for more...

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Interesting graphic memoir about Robin Ha's move from South Korea to The United States when she was 14. From missing her Korean friends to trying to fit in her new environment, Robin Ha recounts her experience with honesty.

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The Community: A Memoir | N. Jamiyla Chisholm
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Some sweetly decadent breakfast to accompany me in my reading this morning. Just began this book yesterday, read only 20 pages, but from them, I know it won't be a joyful ride, more like a hard-to-swallow testimony about how screwed-up our world can be...

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Yesterday, I read the four volumes of Stumptown, I just dived into them. All are 4 stars for me, except the last one at 3/5. Great mystery in the graphic format with an interesting female PI. Perfect to relax and unwind.

DogEaredBooks I miss this show! I read the first one, now I guess I need to read the rest! 3mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @DogEaredBooks The good thing is they are quick reads ;) 3mo
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Loved this children's book! I really enjoyed the text, as well as the illustrations. If you have a little one at home, get it at your local library ;) It's really a cute read.

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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3.75/5 - second time reading it
Quite entertaining, you want to know who did it, what happened, etc.
Are the characters likeable? Most of them are not. Are they superficial? Several definitely are.
It's a well constructed book. I liked the gothic atmosphere with the island seeming so alive, being a character in itself.
Great book to unwind and relax

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4/5
Number 6 in the Vera series, it's actually the first book of the series I read, and it can definitely be read as a standalone.
I liked the atmosphere of this mystery book, even if I would have liked the end to be longer, perhaps it would have seemed less rushed...
Overall, a solid plot which kept me guessing until the end.

kspenmoll Great series! 3mo
Texreader ❤️🐈‍⬛ 3mo
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5/5 Excellent! Hinton shares how he spent 30 years of his life in death row in Alabama for a crime he didn't commit, showing how weak the case against him was, and how he was set up. He also shares how he managed to keep hope, and survive, but also how this dreadful experience keeps on shaping his daily life. It is a must read!

mcctrish This case was referenced in an audio book I listened to, in fact more than one I think. Thx for the post, I need to check this out 3mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @mcctrish It must be Just Mercy? I want to read this book, but I like spacing books out, reading several books about the same theme/subject in a short period of time is not my cup of tea. And sometimes, if I do so, I feel that I tend to compare them, being sometimes harsher on a book than I normally would... 3mo
mcctrish No, I don‘t think I‘ve read that one. It‘s either The Skin We‘re in, Caste or Between the World and me ( or possibly all 3 or another that I just can‘t remember) 3mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @mcctrish Other books to look up ;) Thanks! 3mo
paulfrankspencer This guy spoke at my church once. Good stuff. 3mo
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Ulysse from Bagdad | Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
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3/5 Some parts I enjoyed, some parts I found too sanctimonious. To be honest, I was far much more interested by the 40-page diary at the end, in which Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt wrote his thoughts before, during, and after the writing of this book. I liked the references to Ulysse, I liked the father as a character, adding a humorous note to the heavy and sad subject of illegal immigration.
In pic: my cat, not happy because of the flash, haha

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The Perfect Wife | JP Delaney
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A widower, a big name of the tech world, brings his late wife back to life as an AI able to learn and to feel emotions.
It's a very interesting psychological thriller that offers a lot of food for thought about technology and so-called progress. The plot is intelligently built and very well written. And of course, it's quite entertaining.

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A Train to Moscow | Elena Gorokhova
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3.5 - between a so-so and a pick
Well-written novel about the childhood and early adult life of Sasha, an aspiring actress, under Stalin and Khrushchev. As a child, she witnesses arrests, then she discovers the diary of her uncle, still missing in action, depicting the war differently from what she has been taught, from then she starts to question the system.
Some interesting parts, some parts/characters were less interesting/not developed enough.

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Sepulveda brings us in the heart of the Amazonian forest in this very well written novella. In a little over 100 pages, we grow attached to this old man, Antonio José Bolivar, and we follow with attention his hunt for a feline, made mad by the reckless killing of her litter. Sepulveda denounces human stupidity, human hubris, while describing an untameable wilderness. 4.5 stars.

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