At Home in France by Ann Barry

By Ann Barry

"As beguiling and delectable as France itself."

-Mimi Sheraton

"Ann Barry tells her story without delay and obviously, with no cloying artifice or guile, in order that it has the heat, honesty, and strength of an extended letter from an previous pal. She makes her reader a welcome apartment visitor in her much-loved little cottage within the middle of France."

-Susan Allen Toth

Ann Barry used to be a unmarried girl, operating and residing in manhattan, while she fell in love with an enthralling condo in Carennac in southwestern France. although she knew it was once the stuff of delusion, even if she knew she might infrequently manage to spend greater than 4 weeks a yr there, she was once hooked. This lively, alluring memoir strains Ms. Barry's adventures as she follows her dream of residing within the French geographical region: Her attention-grabbing (and frequently funny) tours to Brittany and Provence, charmed nights spent at majestic chateaux and back-road lodges, and quiet moments in cool Gothic church buildings develop into our own.

And because the years pass through, and "l' Americaine," as she is understood, returns time and again to her genuine domestic, she turns into a recognizable fixture locally. Ann Barry is a foreigner enchanted with an unpredictable international that turns out continually clean and fascinating. during this shiny memoir, she stocks the colourful international that's her France.

From Publishers Weekly:

Not each author who owns a home in France publishes a e-book approximately its pleasures and pains. Even between such proprietors, Barry, a meals and shuttle author and previous editor on the New Yorker and the hot York instances, is outstanding, simply because she doesn't truly reside in her apartment in Carennac, a village in southwestern France close to the Dordogne; she purely visits it for 2 or 3 weeks a 12 months. whilst she is there, she reads, jogs, chefs, hosts associates from domestic and explores the close by areas. simply because her visits are so brief, her reviews in her village appear constrained to discovering a neighbor to maintain her keys for her and anyone to storage her vehicle whereas she's away, and nutrition procuring at extraordinary nation markets. She writes grippingly approximately her look for the simplest bread and vividly profiles established local kinds with whom she is familiar. Her writing ability makes a lot of little.

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Noel Williams From the floor of Glen Nevis we could hear frantic cries for help, and it was obvious that someone was in real trouble high above us. The cries were echoing around the glen, and at first we weren’t certain which part of the hillside they were coming from. So after wading across the River Nevis near the old graveyard, we split up and separate parties headed for Five Finger, Antler and Surgeon’s Gullies. However as we gained height we confirmed that the cries were definitely coming from Surgeon’s Gully itself.

After struggling up several long pitches, we had been stopped by a big waterfall. We only managed to escape from the gully with great difficulty by clawing our way up horribly loose rock and heather on the left wall. We now had the problem of entering the gully in the right place to rescue whoever was in trouble. We realised that the shouts were coming from above a big waterfall pitch. It was very difficult to look into the gully, but we eventually managed to reach a point above where the shouts were coming from and shouted down that help was on its way.

To ensure that the aircraft is manoeuvred in exactly the right direction, in three axis, at the required speed to put it over a particular point and keep it there. Everyone must trust everyone else implicitly, this is very much a team game. Having carefully manoeuvred the aircraft to the required point, we were positioned well back in the confines of the gully. The clearance from the tips of the blades to the rock face on either side always looks to be less than it actually is – I would not have wished to be much closer.

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