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Pensées — Muriel Barbery

Our fall reading list

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Our fall reading list

L'automne est un deuxième ressort où chaque feuille est une fleur    -- Albert Camus  ("Autumn is a second spring where each leaf is a flower”) September has arrived and with it comes our favorite season!  There is so much to love about autumn:  The harvest cooking.  Hiking in the mountains.  Scenic drives through landscapes exploding with color.  And cool, crisp weather following summer's heat. It is also a great time for settling down with a good book--traveling in the mind's-eye perhaps to remote corners of France—from the comfort of one’s armchair and in the warm glow of one's fireplace.   In the spirit of harvest-sharing, we want to share some fall reading recommendations: Mastering the Art of...

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Book spotlight: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

French contemporary writer French literature Muriel Barbery Paris novel

Book spotlight: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This delightful novel narrates the experiences and inner journey of two characters who dwell at the fringes of polite society in contemporary Paris: a sharp, if somewhat reclusive, concierge and a precocious twelve year old girl who is disgusted with her family, her community and the vanity of their existence.  The narrative takes the form of journal entries and inner reflections from these two brilliantly witty characters, whose keen observations afford a window into the lives of Parisians.  Told with wit and wisdom that rivals the sages of ancient Greece and the philosophes of the Age of Enlightenment, this story...

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