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LOOKING FOR THE STRANGER

No matter how many books and articles are written about The Stranger—and there are hundreds of them—the power of this little novel remains a mystery. Yet with all of the accolades heaped upon this work and the analyses of its literary, sociological, and geopolitical qualities, until now, there’s been very little written about exactly how Camus created this singular book, a classic that has sold over 10 million copies and has been translated into close to 60 languages; it has become a rite of passage synonymous with coming of age as a reader and a thinking person...

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DREAMING IN FRENCH

A year in Paris... since World War II, countless American students have been lured by that vision—and been transformed by their sojourn in the City of Light. Dreaming in French tells three stories of that experience, and how it changed the lives of three extraordinary American women.

All three women would go on to become icons, key figures in American cultural, intellectual, and political life, but when they embarked for France, they were young, little-known, uncertain about their future, and drawn to the culture, sophistication, and drama that only Paris could offer. Yet their backgrounds and their dreams couldn’t have been more different. Jacqueline Bouvier was a twenty-year-old debutante, a Catholic girl from a wealthy East Coast family. Susan Sontag was twenty-four, a precocious Jewish intellectual...

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THE INTERPRETER

The Interpreter by Alice Kaplan In THE INTERPRETER, Kaplan tackles an unexplored moment in American history. Set in the fall of 1944, her history begins with the hanging of two black GIs in Brittany, France - one in a farmer’s field, the other in front of an abandoned chateau. They were part of the segregated U.S. army liberating France...

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