French Lessons

English author Lucy Wadham is well positioned to attempt the tricky feat so many other writers have taken on, usually without success: explaining to the rest of the world what makes the French so, well, French. In The Secret Life of France, she uses the insight she has gained from 25 years of living in France to bridge the comprehension gap between the nation in which she was born and the one she's come to love.

After arriving in Paris on a whim as a college student in 1984, Wadham married a Frenchman and raised their...

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