• Books,  France

    The Most Insightful Memoirs About Life in France: Part 1

    The Most Insightful Memoirs About Life in France: Part 1, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/01/the-most-insight…in-france-part-1 #French #memoirs #France #AlmostFrench #books

    English-language memoirs about life in France usually follow a common trajectory: an American or Brit or Australian somehow lands in France and must cope with the unfamiliar culture while learning the language and navigating a new job or life situation. They often cover settling into that new life, fixing up a home, shopping at local markets, cooking food, discovering romance,…

  • Books

    20 Books of Summer! All About Provence

    20 Books of Summer, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/24/20-books-of-summer #Provence #20BooksofSummer #France #Paris #Luberon #books #French

    This summer I’m writing a novel set in Provence so I’ve been dreaming about France. Since I already have a stack of books to inspire me, I thought I’d lengthen my list and join this summer’s 20 Books of Summer event. My books include both fiction and nonfiction set in Provence or elsewhere in France. Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth…

  • Books,  Writing

    An Escape to Italy with Donna Leon

    Death at La Fenice novel, Donna Leon, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #novel #books #DonnaLeon #policeprocedurals #mystery

    What author do you turn to for predictability? For a story that’s not too unlike one the author wrote previously? Perhaps, it’s a fantasy series set in a particular world (a la George R.R. Martin) or a mystery series featuring the same protagonist (a la Agatha Christie). It might even be a literary author whose books, while featuring fresh characters…

  • Books,  Inspiration

    Gretchen Rubin on How to Be a Better Person

    Gretchen Rubin, Gretchen Rubin on How to Be a Better Person, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/05/31/changing-habits #changinghabits #habits #personalgrowth #selfhelp

    Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before fits right in with The Cultivated Life principle: how to grow for the better. This warm, down-to-earth book tackles the subject of personal habits and how to master them. Habits are the architecture of our lives, Rubin says, and changing habits involves knowing your personality. This forces us to examine exactly who we are and how we…

  • Books,  Writing

    Ross Gay: Singing About Plants and People

    Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Ross Gay, Ross Gay: Singing About Plants and People, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2016/09/30/ross-gay/ #poetry #books #RossGay #AfricanAmericanpoets

    September is a month of transition. The warm, bright freedom of long days wanes into the chilly introspection of rainy nights. It’s a warning about the coming of the great sleep that is winter. It’s in the morning dew on cars and yellow leaves that swirl before us as we mow the lawn. September signals that we should give up…

  • Books,  Writing

    Worrying About Tracy Chevalier When I Don’t Need to

    Worrying About Tracy Chevalier When I Don't Need to, Karen Hugg, Tracy Chevalier, At the Edge of the Orchard, https://karenhugg.com/2016/06/30/tracy-chevalier/ #books #novels #appletrees #TracyChevalier #historicalfiction #fiction

    Tracy Chevalier has published a book about apple trees and I’m jealous. I saw it a few weeks ago in my local, independent bookstore, Third Place Books. (I know I’m a bit late in noticing.) Multiple copies were nested in a large endcap display, sporting images of red apples, in all of its bulky, cardboard glory. The title is At…