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A Year in Provence
A Year in Provence | Peter Mayle
National BestsellerIn this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhne Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provenal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Cait.Gibs
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Unexpected gem

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srcleaves
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Just picked up a copy of this for $1 at a used bookstore in NYC after reading Mayle‘s final book 25 Years in Provence.

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mabell
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After leaving Avignon, I couldn't pass up an invitation from Peter Mayle to stop by his house in Ménerbes.

In preparation for a picnic near their vineyard (shown in the distance), we made a trip to the market. Fresh vegetables, bread, cheese, and of course rosé, filled our baskets. We're ready for an alfresco feast!

Following Provence, I head to Mont St. Michel to help Dr. Gideon Oliver with his investigation!

#BackpackEurope #WhimsicalTour

batsy This sounds utterly delightful 😆 1y
mabell @batsy Provence sounds truly lovely. ❤️ I *may* daydream about moving there. 😆 1y
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Dolly
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As a new follower, congratulations on your milestone and thanks for the fun #LilnugGiveaway @monalyisha !

My little book nugget is A Year In Provence. It‘s a palate cleanser and it‘s a vacation to a French village. Peter journals his humorous encounters with his neighbors, tradesmen, and visitors.
I felt like I spent a year in France one weekend.

monalyisha Thanks for entering! You‘re the second person to recommend this to me in the last few weeks. It might be fate! 1y
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A short account of the charm and peculiarities the British author and his wife encountered during their first year living in Provence. Some humorous anecdotes are told in a conversational style that allows the reader to remotely experience a vacation in the region. Narrated by the author, the audio book was a delightful way to spend 3 hours, but this is not very memorable.

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PutnamKatie
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4.5/5⭐️

Wonderful writing, quirky characters, and...Provence. What more would you want?

Vbrrgirl I loved this book. 2y
LauraBrook Loved this book and I just really enjoy his writing. He‘s one of my favorite comfort authors. 2y
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DebBates101
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1. A Year in Provence 2. Pizza cuz u can do ANYTHING to it! 3. Fatty, blubbery, globbilly meat 4. Thanksgiving! 5. Local restaurants that use fresh ingredients: Annie Gunn‘s, Katie‘s Pizza & Pasta, so many others

Pamwurtzler Katie‘s Pizza & Pasta in STL? 2y
DebBates101 @Pamwurtzler YES! Do you know it?! 2y
Pamwurtzler @DebBates101 Yes! My daughter & one of my brothers live there & we‘ve been there. It‘s SO good! 2y
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QuietlyLaura Your answer to number 3 is perfect! 2y
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1. A Year in Provence is a delicious book. Full of French living and food 😛
2. French Fries
3. Liver and onions
4. Christmas no doubt! I bake tons of cookies.
5. Senor Campos - family owned Mexican food near me
#manicmonday

EmeraldSorceress 😆 I read ‘Christmas, I bake lots of cookies‘ as Christmas, I bake lots of soap 🤣 I have no idea what goes on in my brain 2y
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mabell
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Thanks for the tag and #tuesdaytidbits @JenlovesJT47 !

1. Peter Mayle - I would love to take up residence in his Provence home
2. Uncle Buck or French Kiss ... Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day
3. The idea of moving to Maine or dreaming of taking a Cunard cruise
4. Would you like to take a stab at it @wanderinglynn @sammisho @erzascarletbookgasm ?

ErinSueMreads Oh I love Maine!!!!! 2y
JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 2y
Jen_Reads Maine is the best! 2y
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wanderinglynn I love French Kiss! 2y
mabell @ErinSueG @JenlovesJT47 @Jen_Reads I visited once, and thought - that's it, I'm moving here! ❤️ 2y
mabell @wanderinglynn It's a frequent rewatch in our house ❤️❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the tag! 🤗 2y
readinginthedark Your answers for #2 are the best!!! ❤️ 2y
mabell @readinginthedark Classics. 😂 2y
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kochtob
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"The first true intimations of spring came not from early blossom or the skittish behavior of the rats in Massot's roof, but from England. With ths gloom of January behind them, people in London were making holiday plans, and it was astonishing how many of those plans included Provence." #provence #france

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MsLeah8417
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This is my favorite of all of his books! #takemebacktoArles 😊📚📖❤️

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LauraBeth
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Thanks for the tag @Jess7 😀 Here are my go-to #comfortreads.
1) A Confederacy Of Dunces (Always makes me laugh)
2) A Year In Provence (Read only with wine)
3) A Moveable Feast (Paris in the 1920s - always a good idea)
4) Love In The Time Of Cholera (Best ever portrait of marriage and secrets)
5) The Cat Who Came For Christmas (It‘s Ove in NYC with a lovable cat)
6) All Over But The Shoutin‘ (I‘ve read this book so many times that it‘s damaged)

Tamra Love the bird! 2y
batsy Such interesting choices! Love it. And your copy of Dunces looks like a chunkster; does it have a lot of supplementary material? 2y
Jess7 🤗🤗 2y
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LauraBeth @batsy ☺️ I got that edition of Dunces at The Strand in ‘96 when they were selling that special edition for $8. No extra material though. It looks like a chunkster because it‘s very short. 2y
LauraBeth Thanks @Tamra 🐦 2y
batsy Oh, nice! Looks very cool 🖤 2y
EllanaRose Excellent list! 2y
emilyhaldi Awesome! Adding a few of these to my list 👍🏻 2y
Kdgordon88 Rick Bragg‘s books are wonderful. And Cold Sassy Tree is hiding in the corner, love that one too. 2y
LeahBergen Rick Bragg‘s Momma! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
TNbookworm Love Rick Bragg❤❤❤ 2y
ValerieAndBooks Love All Over But the Shouting !! 2y
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mabell
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One of the reasons I love this book is due to Mayle's interactions with his #neighbors. (Particularly Massot, the "eccentric" one)

#150pnpcoverparty

LeahBergen I‘ve somehow never read this book. 😮 2y
mabell @LeahBergen Must rectify immediately! 😂 I love every word of it. ❤️ 2y
Mdargusch Yes! I loved this book too. @LeahBergen 2y
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CrowCAH It‘s amazing how I don‘t know much about my neighbors and I‘ve been in the same house for the past 20 years!!! 2y
LeahBergen @Mdargusch @mabell I‘ll pick up a copy at the next book sale (I always see copies of it). 👍🏻 2y
mabell @Mdargusch Did you read the following books? I enjoyed those too. 2y
mabell @CrowCAH My husband and I were talking about that! Living in a house for a while, we don't feel like we know our neighbors any better than we did when we lived in an apt. Maybe it's because it isn't the country? 🤔 2y
mabell @LeahBergen Great! I hope you enjoy it. 😊 2y
Mdargusch No, this is the only one I‘ve read. 2y
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mabell
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Congrats, Rachel, on reaching that HUGE milestone! 🎉

I've given a lot of thought to a recommendation, and one book I love so much it just makes me happy to read it is A Year in Provence. ❤️ I love the setting, humor, and hijinks. It so perfectly describes situation and place, I am transported. (And in this flight of fancy, I am able to speak flawless French)

#sharethelitsylove

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Vansa
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My dad sent me the photo he took just now of his #PeterMayle collection, all lovingly wrapped to preserve the covers. Peter Mayle's his favourite author and he's so cut up about his death! Mayle brought happiness to so many people , it feels like losing a friend!

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kochtob
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these are some of my well-worn books.i devoured these when it seemed that traveling to far-off places was a very remote possibility for me.though i might not have made a life for myself in France like him,i go back to his words every once in a while to feel that sense of purpose & possibility whenever i feel unanchored. RIP, mr. mayle. TY for showing me that a life lived simply and happily can be a life well lived.

Grise Yes, I just read that he died. I have to admit that I haven‘t read any of his books yet. May he rest in peace. 2y
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LapReader
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Today's book and DVD haul from the Salvo's in Wickham! A few classics for the kids. Thought I'd give Liane's sister Jaclyn a try. Added to my collection of Georgia Blain and Jodie Picoult too.

LapReader What about these ones @Miss__astrid ? 2y
Miss__astrid Well clearly I haven‘t read that many 😂 I don‘t know any of them! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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A few of the #marvelousmemoirs I've read recently, some more marvelous than others. 😉 #awesomeautumnbooks @Jess7

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Caryl
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BookishMe
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If only books can teleport us to the paradise being read of... Lubéron Mountains sound INCREDIBLE

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mabell
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C'est très à propos, n'est-ce pas?

Hobbinol C'est vrai! 3y
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LauraBeth
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Today France chose liberty and equality over discrimination and bigotry. Congratulations on not letting hate win. I only wish America had done the same. Half French and proud of it 😀

Notafraidofwords What a relief. 3y
KarenUK Thanks for sharing... I was afraid to look 💕👍 3y
RaimeyGallant I was too afraid to check. Thank heavens!!!! 3y
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Nonaroo 💕 Whew!!! 3y
Tex2Flo Completely relieved. I was afraid that the world was going to come to an end with two major powers going ultra conservative. Vive la France 3y
bookishbunny Thank goodness! I think the French probably looked at us in the US and said, "Hell no!" Glad they could learn from our yuge mistake. 3y
hlgreenfield I was so happy when I saw the results! I'd been really nervous these last few days! 3y
WhatDeeReads France is better than us. 3y
lynneamch Big sigh of relief. Thanks for posting. Love it when I get my news from a fellow litten. ♥ 3y
TrishB I only wish the same could happen here....but it will be a further move to the right I suspect 😔 3y
MyNamesParadise I wish we had gone with Hillary, but at least Trumps win is waking everyone up here and fighting for change and resisting now. 3y
BB1958 The French watched what happened to the USA and decided not to follow our lead. Good for them - good for Europe 3y
Cortg Thanks for the news flash! @MyNamesParadise I feel the same way. 3y
Mimi28 Thank God! It's a shame no one wants to be like us anymore though. Trump is horrible. 3y
melbeautyandbooks Yes! I was anxiously awaiting the results. So happy they chose well! ❤️ 3y
Gezemice What a relief! The French chose sanity. 3y
Julsmarshall Vive la France! 🇫🇷 3y
Literaryunicorn Yes!! Vive la France 🇫🇷!! So happy about this outcome - I was nervous! 3y
Clare-Dragonfly Oh, good, someone learned a lesson! 3y
Libby1 I watched the results in French tonight with my friend from France. 🇫🇷❤️🇫🇷 3y
BestOfFates I was sooo relieved!! 3y
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ChrisM
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Here are 2 books that start with A and they celebrate my love for reading about France! #alexgiveaway

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Bookishlie
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This was a lovely book. 4 solid stars. A Britt I should couple move to Provence and this is the breakdown of their first year, complete with house rehab stories and kooky characters. A quick engrossing read!

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drbethandherkindle
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I whipped through this memoir of moving to Provence. Not really a travel memoir, it's more about the small village Peter and his wife move to, their home renovations, and food, naturally. Endearing, funny and hunger inducing. Of his other books, I have only read the Diamond Caper-has anyone read others by Mayle? 5⭐️

#LitsyAtoZ

LauraBrook Peter Mayle is one of my go-to authors. It's always a feel-good story, interesting, lightly humorous, and I tend to use his work as slump-busters. A Good Year was one of my faves, along with the Provence books. And one of his fiction books was really good too, though I can't remember the name right now. Plus, if you read A Good Year, you can watch the darned good movie adaptation w Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard! 3y
drbethandherkindle @LauraBrook Oooh, thanks for the recs! I definitely need to read more of his books 3y
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RachelAmphlett
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Renewing my EU passport today and getting impatient until my next trip - loved these Peter Mayle books about Provence, and wondering when I could ever squeeze in a trip...

#travel #journal #france #french #memoir

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Scfreads
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Was in a travelogue mood at the library book sale.

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Smrloomis
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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Kwanza and... Boxing Day? Do people say happy Boxing Day? This is a book in Cyprus so I think it's in Greek, but not sure. Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays.

Dragon Happy Holidays 🎉 3y
tricours That's Hungarian, Greek would be in the Greek alphabet 😄 3y
Smrloomis @Dragon you, too! 3y
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Smrloomis @tricours thanks! I figured someone on here could say for sure 😬 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yasou!! Kypros!! What a fun place to be!! Have a wonderful holiday!! Say hello to Venus for me 😀 3y
Smrloomis @JanuarieTimewalker13 thanks. We're enjoying it. It's a beautiful place to visit! 3y
kspenmoll Enjoy the beauty there- as I imagine it, never having visited! 3y
Smrloomis @kspenmoll this is our first visit and it's very pretty in the mountains 😁 3y
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DaniRa
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Ahhhhh what a lovely lovely book. Now I MUST go to Provence one day 😊 The stories are calm and delightful but never dull. Now I look forward to reading more by Peter Mayle.

EvieBee I loved this book too. So funny! 3y
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DaniRa
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#seasonsreadings2016 #Decemberreads this pile is very ambitious for me but I'm going to give it a solid try and get through as many as possible in December🎄

DebinHawaii You can do it! 😀👍 Great stack! 📚 3y
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DaniRa
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So I just thought i'd share a funny #booknerd #readerproblems kinda story. I was in my reading chair the other day reading when I realized I had shifted position so many times that I was actually upside down. The funny part was I tried to get up and realized I am part turtle 🐢..lol it took some patience and maneuvering to get right side up again😂 anyone else end up in slightly odd positions?

SeeJulieRead I have been so into my reading that I didn't realize I was cutting off all blood flow to a limb! 3y
Dolly My brother took a picture of me reading in a similar position; upside down with my arms under my legs with the book held between my knees. He entered the photo in a competition calling it 'bookworm'. I don't read this way anymore, I was six years old at the time. 📖🐛😊 3y
DaniRa @Dolly 😂😂😂awesome @SeeJulieRead yup happens to me all the time. Zone completely out! 😆 3y
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Dolly
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A pleasant little palate cleanser that was just as expected. Month by month humorous tales of an English couple who purchase an old house in Provence. There were several French phrases so I referred to Google French translation. I will definitely read more of Mayle's books.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I read a couple, I really enjoyed them!! 3y
TheCanuckReader He's great! 3y
Dolly @JanuarieTimewalker13 @TheCanuckReader 😊The next two in the series will probably be read between heavy novels to lighten the mood. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Dolly that's a good idea!! 3y
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DaniRa
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FINALLY!😍

Suet624 It feels like it takes forever, doesn't it??? Congrats. 3y
DaniRa @Suet624 is it weird that I'm so excited about it? It really did feel like an eternity! Thank you 😊 3y
JenFowler Yay! It's a goal reached!! Woot woot! 🤗😁 I have a long way to go. 3y
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Suet624 @DaniRa not weird at all. I felt exactly the same way. 3y
intothehallofbooks Yay! Congratulations 👏🏻⭐️👏🏻 3y
Well-ReadNeck 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Kirstin Love these milestones! Yay! 🎉📚🎉 3y
DebinHawaii Congratulations!!! 🎉👍🎉👍🎉 3y
DaniRa I love how supportive you all are here☺️ 3y
clutteredbooks #goals 😂😂 Congrats!!! 🎉🎊 3y
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DaniRa
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#photoadaynov16 #currentlyreading had to put some space between the book I just finished and starting a new one so I binged on some Gilmore Girls and now I am going to read this beauty. Hope it is as good as it sounds.

LauraBeth I re-read this one a lot for comfort 😀enjoy 3y
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Dolly
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I can't think of a better place to be on a cold rainy day with a tummy full of turkey leftovers.

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LauraBeth
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For laid back books, I like to read about people traveling or moving to a foreign place. No soul searching, no one trying to find themselves, no one getting over a death or divorce, no hiking the Appalachian Trail with the hopes of figuring out who you are. None of that. Just give me an old house in a good setting. The soul searching books are good - and I love them, but not for laid back reading. #augustphotochallenge #laidbackbooks

Mayread Oh my sister from another mother, this is my exact choice for today's challenge. I love how charming Mayle's Provence books are-- it's also one of my favorite parts of the world. 👋🏽 3y
Shemac77 Love Mayle's books! 3y
LauraBeth Its one of my favorite places as well. I want to live in Provence @Skiles 3y
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LauraBeth Me too @Shemac77 - I've read them all! 3y
SaraFair Wow, how we are so alike. One of my very favorites- I loved all three. I have a french minor and the humor is even better f you can pick up the translation differences. I have two more for you that are not as funny, but are stories of new citizens in France. (I could talk all day on this subject!) 3y
LauraBeth Wow - @SaraFair - those are right up my alley - I can't wait to read them! Thanks for the recommendations 😺 3y
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Lcsmcat
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Re-reading this on a hot summer day, trying to slow down to the pace of Provence.