When Scott Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that await: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps―not to mention all those lectures about cheese! It turns out that nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure. In French Like Moi, Carpenter guides us through the merry labyrinth of the everyday, one hilarious faux pas after another. Through it all, he keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).
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Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018) and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, he’s the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013”) and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. His shorter work has appeared in a wide variety of venues, including South Dakota Review, The Rumpus, Silk Road, Catapult, and various anthologies. His website is sdcarpenter.com.
Heather Stimmler is an American-born author and journalist living in Paris since 1995. Since creating the Secrets of Paris website and newsletter in 1999, she has worked as Travel Editor for ELLE.com and has written about Paris for travel publications including Fodor’s Guides, Michelin Guides, Expedia.com, easyJet inflight magazine, Time Out Guides, The Guardian, and Rick Steves. Through Secrets of Paris she offers travel consulting services, private tours, and annual travel writing workshops. www.secretsofparis.com.