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I'm William ("you can call me Bill") Alexander. Whether it's building the perfect garden (The $64 Tomato), baking the perfect loaf (52 Loaves), or now, learning French (coming soon!), I've embarked on the great mid-life adventure — and I'm keeping notes! The author of two critically-acclaimed books, a frequent NPR guest, and occasional NY Times op-ed contributor, my latest challenge is fullfilling a life-long dream, learning French, even at the age of 57 58 59 (better late than never, non?) More about me..."

 

What's New

Flirting With French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart goes on sale September 16, 2014. Follow my adventures as I learn French (or try to), as I grapple with bizarre gender assignments (a beard is feminine, while a woman's breasts are, naturally, masculine), sweat over whether to use tu or vous, and get lost — very lost — in France in my latest adventure. Hopefully, I'm be coming to a city near you. send an e-mail if you want to be reminded when the book is released.

In the meantime, follow I Learn French, my French blog on French language, French food, and whatever else pops into my francophilic mind.

À bientôt!
 

Oh, jeez, the first seed catalogs are here. Must look away...must look away.

(I'm much more elequent on the subject in the national bestseller, The $64 Tomato)


 

What the critics say about William Alexander...

His writing is engaging, well paced and informative — The New York Times Book Review
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The world would be a less interesting place without the William Alexanders who walk among us -- the people who pursue all sorts of Holy Grails and latch like ticks onto particular passions, yet who have the good grace to tell us all about their exploits with humor, rather than with pomposity — Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Engaging, funny, and down-to-earth — Entertainment Weekly
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His timing and his delivery are flawless. — The New York Times Magazine
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Consistently funny — The Washington Post