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An Interview with

Thanks so much to Mary Winston Nicklin for this wonderful interview spotlighting my new book, A Long Way from Iowa: From the Heartland to the Heart of France. is a great resource for anyone who loves Paris: if you don’t know about it already, you should!

I hope you enjoy this interview, which touches on a number of the key themes in my book: writing, motherhood, travel, family relatonships, women’s lives, and France!

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature who divides her time between the US and France. She is the author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, and  A Long Way from Iowa: From the Heartland to the Heart of France.

February 23, 2023 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

The best journeys are the long ones

My friend David Brown is one of the most intelligent, avid, broadly and widely read, and voracious readers I know. And he doesn’t just read; he shares what he has learned from the many books he reads with the readers of his wonderful blog. I am therefore very honored (as well as grateful) that he has chosen to feature my new book (“A Long Way from Iowa”) in his latest post. (PS He writes about things other than books too; for example, music, politics, historic preservation, life. Always with kindness, thoughtfulness, and grace. You might want to follow his blog. There’s always More to Come! 🙂 )

More to Come...

The mail brought a friend’s new book about the journey from her childhood home in Minnesota to life today in a village in France. Her adventures include years in New York, working as Caroline Kennedy’s editorial assistant, and living in a gypsy caravan outside Paris. I dug in with anticipation.

A Long Way from Iowa: From the Heartland to the Heart of France (2023) by Janet Hulstrand is a delightful memoir that takes us from her grandmother’s hometown in Bonair, Iowa, to the author’s home in the French countryside. We learn much about Janet’s journey, including the complicated relationship with the two women who fueled her love for learning and exploration. A testament to family and the writing life, A Long Way from Iowa will interest those who seek to understand the people and places that shape the path they choose.

I caught up with Janet who enthusiastically agreed to…

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February 13, 2023 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

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