Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French by Paul ShoreUncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French by Paul Shore

Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling…

byPaul Shore

Paperback | March 20, 2017

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Do you enjoy laughing while rekindling fond travel memories? You are going to love Uncorked because Paul Shore’s wry wit and big heart will spark flashbacks of your own travel adventures.

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!


Praise for Uncorked:


Recently earned acclaim from the prestigious Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as a Finalist in the Travel Category.


“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


Shore’s light-hearted story takes you to a place where the simple joys in life are what matters. During my Man in Motion World Tour 30 years ago, I wish I could have slowed down as Paul did.”

--- Rick Hansen, founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation

Paul Shore is an author and technology industry veteran, who has worked around the globe. His second book, "Uncorked", is an Amazon Best Seller, a Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist, and a nominee for a Whistler Writers Festival Independent Book Award. Paul's drive to embrace new challenges has seen him involved in a variety of ...
Title:Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling…Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.41 inPublished:March 20, 2017Publisher:Paul ShoreLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:098134741X

ISBN - 13:9780981347417

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Table of Contents

CONTENTSA Little Background 1Prologue · Watching Silently 21 · A Mysterious Game 62 · Picture Postcard 163 · You Need a Sponsor 224 · A Clandestine Affair 325 · Culture Shock 426 · Initiation by Gendarmes 527 · Go Buy Balls 668 · What's a Vernissage? 769 · Becoming a Riverain 8410 · Stepping Into the Light 9811 · Mind Games 10612 · Not So Lost in Translation 11613 · Welcome to the Circle 13014 · Il a le Sens du Jeu 14015 · Joie de Vivre 150Epilogue · Déjà Vu 156A Closing Note 163