When in French, by Lauren Collins
Love knows no bounds. Not even language barriers. New Yorker writer (and monolingual American) Collins is living in London when she falls for Olivier, a Frenchman who speaks excellent English. As their relationship grows entirely in English, Collins begins to wonder if there are things she doesn’t fully understand about Olivier because she doesn’t speak his native language. Do “I love you” and “je t’aime” really mean the same thing? Would she be a different person if she spoke French? When the couple marries and relocates to French-speaking Geneva, Collins, for fear she will never fully understand her future children, decides to learn the language. Part memoir, part cultural exploration, this heartwarming read will appeal to romantics and lovers of language alike.
To buy: $18, amazon.com.
Released September 13.