The Resource Monsieur Mediocre : one American learns the high art of being everyday French, John von Sothen

Monsieur Mediocre : one American learns the high art of being everyday French, John von Sothen

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Monsieur Mediocre : one American learns the high art of being everyday French
Title
Monsieur Mediocre
Title remainder
one American learns the high art of being everyday French
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John von Sothen
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Language
eng
Summary
"Americans love to love Paris. We buy books about how the French parent, why French women don't get fat, and how to be Parisian wherever you are. While our work hours increase every year, we think longingly of the six weeks of vacation the French enjoy, imagining them at the seaside in stripes with plates of fruits de mer. John von Sothen fell in love with Paris through the stories his mother told of her year spent there as a student. After falling for and marrying the French waitress he meets in New York, von Sothen follows his mother's dream and moves to Paris. But fifteen years in, he's finally ready to admit his mother's Paris is mostly a fantasy. In this hilarious and delightful collection of essays, von Sothen walks us through real life in Paris--myth-busting our Parisian daydreams but also revealing the inimitable and too often invisible pleasures of family life abroad. Through these essays, you'll learn about what to do when you unwittingly commit yourself to two weeks of vacation with friends who ration snacks down to the gram and who mock you mercilessly for sleeping in; how to react when French men turn to you, the American, for fashion tips such as where to find a Maine trapper vest; and how to tell if you're being invited to a super-exclusive secret society of intellectuals or, alternately, a weird sex club. Relentlessly funny and full of incisive observations, Monsieur Mediocre is ultimately a love letter to France--to its absurdities, its history, its ideals--but it's a very French love letter: frank, smoky, unsentimental. It is a clear-eyed ode to a beautiful, complex, contradictory country from someone who both eagerly and grudgingly calls it home"--
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contains biographical information
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Sothen, John von
Dewey number
  • 818/.609
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
DC33.8
LC item number
.S68 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sothen, John von
  • Americans
  • Authors, American
  • Americans
  • Authors, American
  • Manners and customs
  • France
  • France
Label
Monsieur Mediocre : one American learns the high art of being everyday French, John von Sothen
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The art of the unfortunate event -- She had me at bah -- The aristocrats -- Bringing up Bibi -- Weeks of not so great time off -- Letter from the no-go zone -- Huge in France -- Voulez-vous think tank avec moi? -- Wesh we can -- Will you be my French friend? -- Years and years and years in Normandy -- The French resistant -- There's no place like chez moi
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 270 pages
Isbn
9780735224834
Lccn
2018059867
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1083675423
  • 936382
  • (OCoLC)on1083675423
  • 936382
Label
Monsieur Mediocre : one American learns the high art of being everyday French, John von Sothen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The art of the unfortunate event -- She had me at bah -- The aristocrats -- Bringing up Bibi -- Weeks of not so great time off -- Letter from the no-go zone -- Huge in France -- Voulez-vous think tank avec moi? -- Wesh we can -- Will you be my French friend? -- Years and years and years in Normandy -- The French resistant -- There's no place like chez moi
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 270 pages
Isbn
9780735224834
Lccn
2018059867
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1083675423
  • 936382
  • (OCoLC)on1083675423
  • 936382

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