— Joshua Hammer, New York Times
"...a charming variation on the theme popularized two decades ago by the British writer Peter Mayle in his Provence series: Anglophone city slicker resettles in French hamlet and confronts domestic mini-disasters and eccentric locals."
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Publishers Weekly
"Greenside tells a charming story about growing wiser, humbler and more human through home owning in a foreign land."
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— Kirkus Reviews
"A charming travel memoir showing how comfort can sometimes be gleaned from the unfamiliar."
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— Danise Hoover, Booklist Online
"...for those who love the move-to-a-foreign-country-and-survive genre, this is a fine addition to their collections"
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— Le Télégramme.com
"...Il a deux amours: la Californie, où il vit, et la Bretagne où il revit. Dans un livre à l'humour jubilatoire, cet ancien opposant à la guerre du Vietnam raconte sa découverte de la Bretagne. Et nous tend un miroir qui renvoie des images drôles et pittoresques"
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Heidi Senior, Univ. of Portland Library, Library Journal Reviews
"charming ... a tribute to trusting one's fellow humans and to the French love of problem solving..."
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— The Elle Lettres Readers Prize 2009 (Elle Magazine, Dec. 2008)
First Place-Mark Greenside I'll Never Be French (Free Press)
; reviewed by Jaime Herndon, Chapel Hill, NC

"California-based writer and teacher Mark Greenside won the day with his wry account of how love left him stranded in a small town in Brittany, France."
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— Barnes and Noble Reviews
"...he and his bemused neighbors came to understand and appreciate one another, thus providing us with a visitor's passport into the region already being touted as the next Tuscany."
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— Anne Glusker, Washington Post
"Greenside captures how an American in France trying to accomplish the simplest of life's tasks can feel like a complete and utter buffoon."
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— John McMurtrie, Chronicle Book Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
"Greenside's book is an otherwise fun and high-spirited read and proof that one is never too old to find true happiness in life. Even among the French."
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— Elise Pearlman, Newsday
"His descriptions of Finistère ("the end of the world") are glorious and should rightfully make this region as popular a tourist destination as Provence."
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— Laurie Hertzel, Books Editor, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
"Greenside's observations are funny and generous, his encounters with his beleaguered French insurance agent are hysterical, his house sounds to die for...."
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— Cliff Bellamy, Durham-Chapel Hill Herald Sun
"'I'll Never Be French' is Greenside's funny, uplifting and delightful memoir of how he learns to love the ways of the French people (without necessarily understanding their customs), without a good working knowledge of their language....This book is recommended to anyone who has been to France, or wants to go to France, or has Breton roots in their past.
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— Jessica Harrison, Salt Lake City Deseret News
"Greenside's 'joy of seeing and being part of this communal experience' comes through in his writing, making 'I'll Never Be French' a joy to read."
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— Javan Kienzle, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
"If you liked Peter Mayle's Provence, Tom Higgins' Lyons ('Spotted Dick S'il Vous Plait') or anywhere Bill Bryson went — or even if you haven't read any of them — run, do not walk, to the nearest copy of Mark Greenside's 'I'll Never Be French,' a funny, funny book."
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— James Rowen, The Political Environment Blogspot
"Buy This Book, especially if you have traveled to Europe and wondered, as you walked through little, picture-postcard-perfect towns, 'What would it be like to buy a little place here?'"
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— Perspective (California Federation of Teachers Community College Newsletter) October 2008 by Fred Glass
"Greenside is ruefully, often painfully aware of his outsider status, and of the sharp limitations placed on normal adult effectiveness when attempting to speak with the vocabulary and understanding of a three year old. He has a great deal of respect for the rhythms and rules of life in another culture."
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— Ann Tatko-Peterson, Oakland Tribune
"Greenside's story is much more than a tale of an American living with little money in a country where he barely speaks the language. It's humorous as he deals with cultural differences but also heartwarming in his encounters and growing fondness for the locals."
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— Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
"I'll Never Be French Has Deep VCCA Roots"
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