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When in French: Love in a Second Language 

When: Fri., Sept. 23, 6 p.m. 2016
When in French, a memoir by Lauren Collins, is about a woman who falls in love with a man whose native tongue is different from her own. A North Carolinian by birth, Collins must adjust to French identity and society after falling in love with Olivier. While her new husband speaks English and the two can communicate in that way, Collins wishes to learn French so that she can be a part of her children’s future language. Collins speaks as part of the Library Society’s speaker series. In her memoir, Collins explores not just her personal journey, but the journeys of all people when faced with learning a new language. Collins is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and has written about Banksy, Michelle Obama, and Gérard Depardieu. Praise for her memoir comes from Kirkus, “Cleverly organized, well-written…As the memoir unfolds, Collins does not spare herself, sharing her apprehensions and her missteps with candor and frequently with humor…Filled with pleasing passages in every chapter.” —Connelly Hardaway



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