This is one of my favourite times of year – when all things French and Parisian takes over my life. Thyme for Tea’s, Paris in July event is the perfect antidote to freezing cold winter holidays in Canberra and cold, grey July days back at work.
Tamara has already run a badge making contest in the lead up to this month…with the winner, Lisbeth from Content Reader, on display (left).
Despite my anticipation and excitement, I will have to keep my plans low-key and reasonable this year though as we are also moving house soon.
Please excuse any erratic attendance at events or posting deadlines.
One of my winter reading books was picked with this event in mind (as well as my Easter holiday in Vietnam).
The Book of Salt by Monique Truong:
Binh, a Vietnamese cook, flees Saigon in 1929, disgracing his family to serve as galley hand at sea. The taunts of his now-deceased father ringing in his ears, Binh answers an ad for a live-in cook at a Parisian household, and soon finds himself employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.
Toklas and Stein hold court in their literary salon, for which the devoted yet acerbic Binh serves as chef, and as a keen observer of his “Mesdames” and their distinguished guests. But when the enigmatic literary ladies decide to journey back to America, Binh is faced with a monumental choice: will he, the self-imposed “exile,” accompany them to yet another new country, return to his native Vietnam, or make Paris his home?
I also hope to add a couple of smaller, lighter reads into the month, time and packing permitted.