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Finding me in France [Paperback]

Bobbi French
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Book Description

April 5 2012
it’s never too late to find the life you’ve always wanted. Bobbi French is just an ordinary person seeking an extraordinary life. For her, that means taking the boldest leap of faith in her life: moving to France to fulfill a lifelong dream. All she has to do is give up her successful medical career in Canada, sell her house, pare down her possessions to only what would fit in a carry-on suitcase, and buy a one-way ticket to Semur-en-Auxois. She also has to ignore the common opinion that she’s lost her mind, walking away from it all for a fantasy. Finding Me in France is a chronicle of the delights and deprecations of making a dream come true. Landing in a small village in Burgundy with only her expectations of adventure to guide her, she details the unaccountable stumbling blocks and the unforeseen joys of her often awkward, frequently perplexing, always entertaining journey of discovery. Illustrated with inspiring photographs, a funny and perceptive account of her experience of a lifetime.

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"I devoured this book and enjoyed myself so much I poured another glass and read it all again.”— MARK VAUGHAN-JACKSON, The Telegram

"Bobbi French writes a hilarious tale of starting over that will tempt you to run away and join the circus. Or for people like me who did, it will convince you that you did the right thing. If you wondered what Eat, Pray, Love would be like if David Sedaris wrote it... This book is for you!"— MARK CRITCH, This Hour Has 22 Minutes

“… a gem and a pleasure to read, full of non-corny inspiration, insight, and a wit and verve that never wears thin.”— CHAD PELLEY, author of Away from Everywhere & Every Little Thing

"In Finding Me in France, Bobbi French delivers a fresh, honest and downright hilarious perspective on what it’s like to pack up an entire life and start over in a small town in France. Her tales of setting up shop in the land of croissants, verb conjugations, and mortgage applications will have you laughing out loud, yearning for a pain au chocolat, and plotting a trip (or a move!) back to France."— JULIETTE SOBANET, author of Sleeping with Paris & Kissed in Paris

"Finding Me in France is a thoughtful, funny, engaging memoir … If the prose doesn't make you you want to run away to France, the pictures definitely will."— TRUDY MORGAN-COLE, author of That Forgetful Shore & By the Rivers of Brooklyn

"A delicious book … You can taste it all through her scrumptious stories and sumptuous photos. The taste is fresh and original … I fell in love with this book."— KAREN MAEZEN MILLER, author of Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life & Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood

About the Author

Bobbi French was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She was a practicing psychiatrist working with children and adolescents until she ran away to France where she lives with her uncommonly patient husband. She now divides her time between eating, writing and grappling with French grammar.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Me In France May 26 2012
Anyone who has contemplated their raison d'etre and has fantasized about walking away from the NorthAmerican rat race to an older simpler world full of promise,pastries and passion,needs to read this book.Bobbi French writes from her heart, which when combined with her deliciously wicked Newfanese humor, makes for a read that leaves you wanting more .She takes you down the winding road of her new life's triumphs and challenges in such a way that the reader realizes anything is truly possible,even for those of us over the age of forty.Do yourself a favor and find yourself lost in this never know where it might lead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! May 25 2012
Finding Me in France is a delight. The author's Canadian-ness and self-deprecating humor give her stories a refreshing lack of earnestness; no matter that she left her life and an immensely challenging profession behind, she never takes herself or the changes in her situation too seriously. It's this lighthearted attitude that makes the book such fun. Really a joy to read and re-read, as though you've rediscovered a bundle of letters from a favorite sister-in-law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best EVER May 25 2012
By TMoo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Everyone should be as brave as Bobbie, I know that I am. If more people tried to find themselves anywhere then where they are unhappy, our world would be a better place. Bobbie'e book will make you laugh your way into a new life just right for you. Best Read ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo To Bobbi French May 25 2012
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I can't recall where I first heard of Finding Me in France but knew as soon as I saw the title, that I wanted to see France through Bobbi French's eyes. I loved the feel of the book in my hands from the first moment it arried, which for me is a large part of the reading experience. Complete with personal photos throughout to excite us visual folks, I found my experience with Bobbi one that offered more than just a great read. I was touched in so many surprising ways. I laughed, I learned, I reflected, I understood and most importantly, I felt her joy which touched mine and started my search to bring more into my own life.

She "walked toward something infinitely more valuable" (page 261) and with her, I saw the possibilities and how necessary it is to take that first step toward our own life of joy. Finding joy is the essence of existence for all of us and if we each followed Bobbi's courage to leave situations that do not manifest this life enhancing feeling to be part of our days, we would see with a clearer vision and find the joy and meaning that Bobbi now experiences. With joy as our base, all else that life offers will be more meaningful. Today I start my new path and focus with joy as the underlining current throughout.

Bravo to you Bobbi French and THANK YOU!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The joy of Blooks May 25 2012
By Arlene
Bobbi's blog was and continues to be pure delight. Enjoy her book and then follow her blog for a funny and adventure filled ride.
Arlene in Alberta
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wishing I was finding me in France May 25 2012
By Jane
Finding Me In France made me laugh, which is a hard thing to do. I really mean laugh, not lol, not rotfl, but an old fashioned ha ha ha.

But then I became jealous, thinking things like "who is this woman, the nerve of her to sell everything and flee to France and live the dream?". Then there were more nasty thoughts like "And who is this Neil guy? Surely, men do not really come in that size. The,- yes -dear, -we -can -move -to -France -and -I -will -cook -for- you- to -boot" size.

I could poke more fun at her, but she does such a good job of that herself, I won't try.

This is a good read. Read it. Maybe you will be inspired to quit your job and make big changes you were too scared to make before you read it. I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely & Funny Read! May 25 2012
This book chronicles the life changing adventures of a regular lady who decides to upsticks, quit her job, sell her house & move to France. Right, so now you are thinking you've read a book like this before?!? Trust me, you haven't! Bobbi French tells her story with such wit, humour & candor that she will have you laughing in your seat. And when the book is all done, she leaves you yearning for more of her stories & in hopeful anticipation that there will be a follow-up book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readers Pilgrimage to Joy April 25 2012
Bobbi French's "Finding Me in France" is a little bit of joy for all of us, psychiatrist or not, who have never had the courgae to walk away from the stress and go look for our lives. With traditional Newfoundland humour and refreshing candour, Bobbi allows us into her most personal decision and then takes us along for the complicated, bumpy,sensuous, funny, food and wine filled journey of her life. Her husband, Neil MacCullogh, provides some glorious photographs to ensure you fall in love with their bit of Gallic paradise. But I think it is Bobbi's optimism, in the face of bungled French and too much bureaucracy, that gives us all hope and belief in the resiliency of the human spirit. Her young patients clearly gave her much, as she has given us in this wonderful book. Subscribe to her blog- you'll be hooked after reading the book and will need to know more. If you loved "Eat, Pray, Love" pour yourself some wine, grab a croissant or deux and enjoy the ride.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a blog as a book
Shame it's not really a book, but just a collection of blog posts that could have been read for free. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding me in France by Bobbi French makes me want to move there!!
Bobbi French has an easy writing style mixed with a sense of humour! After reading this book I will check out her Blog. for sure..! I loved this refreshing!!
Published 4 months ago by Marilyn Coady
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a delight !
I have read dozen of books of people who have moved to France - my favourite country in the world - and found a home and a life for themselves , this book is one of the best .
Published 6 months ago by Robert Dinwoodie
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and engaging
This memoir stands out in my recent exploration of the genre as it does not include a horrible life experience as the catalyst for the story telling. Read more
Published 13 months ago by GS
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious escape
A well written, hilarious tale of a woman's struggle to define her life after giving up her hectic medical practice in Canada and relocating to rural France. Read more
Published 23 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Self deprecation at its finest!
I picked up this book because Bobbi is a fellow Newfoundlander...within the first 20 pages, I was hooked! Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2012 by CJWalsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Neufy psychiatrist
Bobbi French leaves behind a successful career and lavish life style in St.John's to escape to a small village in France. Read more
Published on July 8 2012 by J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Will make you want to run away
One of the most fun books I have ever read. Not only does she write well, she is sooo funny; will make you laugh out loud. Read more
Published on June 8 2012 by runninfever
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Virtual Journey
In addition to the beautiful text of Finding Me in France, readers are treated to almost 200 wondrous photographs. Read more
Published on May 31 2012 by Real Thing
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and charming
Bobbi French took a leap of faith and moved to France and we are lucky enough to live vicariously through her and share her challenges and adventures. Read more
Published on May 28 2012 by Steph
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