Will having smoke repeatedly blown in his face deter a foreigner from breaking in to French culture? Find out, as Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart, inspire and entertain you, as he tells the tale of how he gained acceptance inside a charming village in France.
Shore’s storytelling humorously celebrates the “uncorking” of many of France’s most cherished traditions --- learning to play boules under the clandestine cover of darkness; cheese-plate etiquette; drinking before noon; and dodging exhaled cigarette smoke!
Paul also uncovers personal awakenings about the value of following paths-less-travelled, and slowing down to smell-the-roses. All while, his self-deprecating humor and sincere respect for the value of traditions enable him to make friends and gain acceptance within a quirky foreign culture.
And, triggered by living for a year in the village of the great artist Marc Chagall, Shore also reflects on the challenges that all newcomers face in their adopted lands.
TREAT YOURSELF TODAY to some laughter and fond reminiscing about your own travels!
WINNER of the 2017 Whistler Independent Book Award for Non-Fiction, and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist.
"Cross-cultural endeavors never go out of style. Shore will make readers smile and reminisce over their own youthful sojourns in faraway lands. Uncorked is a well written and diverting book that many readers will treasure."
--- Judge's Commentary, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
"Shore's use of the game of Pétanque as a point of entry to address areas of personal alienation is a great literary and narrative choice. This memoir made me laugh; especially Paul's foil Hubert, who is a star. And its funny and illuminating stories contain a soul that is touching too!"
--- J.J. Lee, CBC radio host, author, and Governor General's Literary Award finalist
“Exactly the type of book I crave...only better! Shore's writing immediately feels like you're on a tour with a friend who tells it like it is. His self-deprecating humor and humility make it no wonder that he found a way to ingratiate himself into a tight-knit community in the south of France and enjoy life as a local.”
--- “Sandy Abrams, entrepreneur, author of Your Idea, Inc, and Huffington Post blogger
"Like a wry cross between Bill Bryson and Dave Bidini, Paul Shore’s funny, self-deprecating and wholesome recounting of a year spent in Provence is one part travelogue, one part self-help guide, and one part memoir. Uncorked is just like a good French wine: light, delicious, and full of flavour."
--- Grant Lawrence, CBC broadcaster and author of Adventures in Solitude
“A computer geek in the South of France? What could go wrong? With remarkable storytelling skill, Shore brings to life a time and place where community, simplicity and a slower pace were revered — a younger generation's A Year in Provence.”
--- Sarah Bancroft, writer of the blog A Year in Paris
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About the Author
Paul Shore is a technology industry veteran and award-winning author who has worked around the globe. His drive to embrace new challenges has seen Paul involved in a variety of pursuits. After the software startup he was with in France was acquired by computer chip maker Broadcom in 1999, Paul returned to Vancouver and led the company’s voice-over-internet group for years. Marrying a talent for business with a passion for sport and community, Shore pursued a role in the world of sports and spent an inspiring, and at times physically risky, few years working for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has also regularly dedicated energy to volunteerism, while living in Whistler with his wife and children and exploring the mountains and ocean of the coast.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS A Little Background 1 Prologue · Watching Silently 2 1 · A Mysterious Game 6 2 · Picture Postcard 16 3 · You Need a Sponsor 22 4 · A Clandestine Affair 32 5 · Culture Shock 42 6 · Initiation by Gendarmes 52 7 · Go Buy Balls 66 8 · What's a Vernissage? 76 9 · Becoming a Riverain 84 10 · Stepping Into the Light 98 11 · Mind Games 106 12 · Not So Lost in Translation 116 13 · Welcome to the Circle 130 14 · Il a le Sens du Jeu 140 15 · Joie de Vivre 150 Epilogue · Déjà Vu 156 A Closing Note 163