Peaches for Father Francis (original title Peaches for Monsieur le Curé), by Joanne Harris – If you liked the book or film Chocolat, you’ll enjoy the continuation of the story. All the same characters are here, but now Viane is trying to help the curé, Francis Reynaud, the man who tried to run her out of town in Chocolat. In that story, the town was suspicious of the River Rats, the travelers who blew into town and were treated with suspicion. Now, the “other” is represented by a group of Muslims who are new in town. Harris explores the issues of identity, tolerance, prejudice and lies with her blend of magical realism and keen understanding for the issues plaguing contemporary France. It’s pretty pertinent in the US right now, too.
Channel your inner French girl with a striped top from La Ligne. The name of the New York company means The Line, and they specialize in striped basics in their Essentials Collection as well as a some more fashion-forward pieces in the Edition Collection. This snazzy top can even be personalized with your initials on the navy band on the sleeve. If I didn’t already own about twenty striped tops, I’d be adding this one to my closet. If you are going to be in New York on February 10 and 11, 2017, they are having their first ever sample sale, with prices starting at $50. (265 Canal St. Ste. 402, Hours Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, cash or charge only)
My next book to giveaway is Le Livre des passages de Paris, a paperback, written in French, about one of my favorite places in Paris – the covered passages that were super chic shopping galleries, many of which are still in business. If you would like to have it, please just leave a comment to that effect. To keep shipping costs reasonable, I have to limit winners to the US only. I’ll announce the winner in the next Friday Finds. Dede Thompson, you won the prior book, Paris panoramique. Please send your shipping information to firstname.lastname@example.org.