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Postcards from France [Mass Market Paperback]

Megan McNeill Libby
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061011703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061011702
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,084,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captures reality 28 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's definitely a great read, and especially so if you can relate to it. I'm glad someone finally wrote a book like this. For those that can't relate at the moment, maybe it'll inspire you to learn a foreign language. Now all that's missing after reading the book is an autograph from the wonderful author of the book ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars charming 16 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Libby perfectly captures the trip in chapter-size stories, each with a different subject on France and French Culture. And throughout the book Libby recounts her struggle with the laungauge. Years of schooling didn't help much.
Think back to when you were a teenager, and the vivid memories that you keep with you. Libby's experiences are not much different, only their in the France (along with trips to England and Switzerland). This book is perfect for anyone, but especially children and parents thinking about spending anytime abroad. It's a book that you want to read more about Libby's further trips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazingly Interesting Book!!! 13 Jan 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book!! It tells the story of a girl going away from home and into a whole new culture. I loved reading about all the different French cultures and experiences. I also thought this was a great book to show you what to expect and how to react when in a whole new surrounding. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vive Megan McNeill Libby! 6 Mar 2000
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On the cover of this book, the publisher exudes, "A delightfully irresistible, charming account of a young American girl's year abroad." For once, this kind of description is actually an understatement. Yes, the book is in fact "delightfully irresistible" and truly charming. But the writing is also exceptionally limpid and evocative and betrays an exceptional maturity and talent. Megan McNeill Libby gives us beautifully impressionistic portraits of France, the French, and her very personal struggles, disasters, and triumphs. Her depiction of the French is extraordinarily perceptive and from my own experience living in France totally accurate. At times, I laughed until I cried; more frequently, I caught myself involuntarily smiling and nodding in agreement. But the deeper reward of reading this book is simply seeing the way that Ms. Libby writes and thinks. She is one of those rare authors with whom one falls in love after (no, during) a single reading. I am normally sparing with my praise, but I readily admit to being a gourmand for this book. Merci bien, Megan, and please give us more!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A teenager�s postcards expanded into a book. 6 Mar 2004
By Peggy Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author of Postcards from France, Megan Libby, was just 16 when she went to France in 1994 as your typical AFS student. But she wasn't typical: she had her eyes wide open and was able to record, in a series of letters and postcards sent back home, what a humbling experience it is to be a newcomer in another culture. By turns comedic, touching, insightful, and revealing, Postcards from France is always refreshing - and it's highly likely this talented young author will go on to write more books that will be a pleasure to read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'est tres bon 2 July 2002
By Larissa Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am planning on studying abroad to France in 2003 and this book has helped me out in many ways. It told me exactly what I need to know before I go, how the French people are, the school system, and it gave me encouragement. Just reading about how she doesn't regret going makes me want to go even more. I just wished she would have added more about how to handle so much school! Anyway, this book is great to read, even if you aren't planning on going to France. It has a lot of interesting facts that I could never imagine possible. Great book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achetez ce livre ! 3 Mar 2003
By Monsieur Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yes, this book is very witty and very easy to read. I am en route to France for a year next year as an American exchange student, and I found this book to be very helpful for every aspect of the process--except I wish she added more information like "Why did she switch host families?" and about school. She barely mentioned anything about homework, the lycée, or anything like that. But I loved everything else about the book. It was intriguing and exciting. And also, it's a very nice quick read. If you are, going to be, or was an exchange student, this book is a must-have. Anther book I recommend is The Exchange Student Survival Kit. Au revoir!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming 16 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Libby perfectly captures the trip in chapter-size stories, each with a different subject on France and French Culture. And throughout the book Libby recounts her struggle with the laungauge. Years of schooling didn't help much.
Think back to when you were a teenager, and the vivid memories that you keep with you. Libby's experiences are not much different, only their in the France (along with trips to England and Switzerland). This book is perfect for anyone, but especially children and parents thinking about spending anytime abroad. It's a book that you want to read more about Libby's further trips.
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