One Book One Federation

The Federation’s “One Book One Federation” program supports French literacy throughout the United States. By encouraging the reading of one book by all chapters during a single year, the Federation is able to assist in the creation of a reading guide and encourage the formation of reading groups. Each year our committee selects a well-written, engaging book that will appeal to Alliance Française members and students.

2018 Selection:
La Tête en Friche by Marie-Sabine Roger

Paris : J’ai lu, 2012 – 250 pages 
ISBN : 978-2-290-05724-7 

Hulking Germain Chazes, 45 years old, is the neighborhood idiot. He lives in a battered trailer parked at the rear of the garden of his mother’s house. He spends his time between visits to the corner bistro and the local public park. There he meets Marguerite, a well-educated elderly lady who helps him to discover the world of books and of words, which he mistrusts and which frightens him immensely. His relationship with those around him and with himself will be turned on its head as a result of these new discoveries.

This is a simple, unpretentious story that will totally charm you and will leave you happy with its feel-good ending. All along the way you will share the joys and tribulations of these two characters. The book was selected for its unassuming style and plot line, and will, as such, reach a wide audience of Alliance Française members. The French is accessible and suitable for B1 and B2 language students.

This book was made into a film by Jean Becker starring Gérard Depardieu, which can be used along with the book in your book club or classroom. A complete study guide is available here and on the One Book One Federation Facebook page. It includes a synopsis, biographical material, discussion questions and vocabulary lists.

Katharine Branning and Yann Carmona, FIAF Library, New York

About the author: Marie-Sabine Roger has been writing novels and short stories since 1989. Her targeted readers have included young readers and adults, and her body of work also includes collaboration with cinema.

Visit the website MEP/Schoenhof’s Books to order this book and benefit from the special One Book One Federation price of $8.50 including shipping.

One Book One Federation
Selections

2018
La Tête en friche by Marie-Sabine Roger
Guide de lecture
2017
La Commissaire n’aime point les vers by George Flipo
Guide de lecture
2016
Le Chapeau de Mitterand by Antoine Laurain
Guide de lecture
2015
Le Collier rouge by Jean-Christophe Rufin
Guide de lecture
2014
La Calèche by Jean Diwo
Guide de lecture
2013 
La Petite fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel
Guide de lecture
2012
Le Banquier et le perroquet by Philippe Simiot
Guide de lecture
2011 
Sœurs chocolats by Catherine Velle
2010 
Héroïnes françaises, 1940-1945 : Courage, force et ingéniosité by Professor Monique Saigal
Guide de lecture
2008 
Victoire : les saveurs et les mots by Maryse Condé
Guide de lecture
2007 
Le Gone du Chéba by Azouz Begag
Guide de lecture
2006
Les Âmes grises by Philippe Claudel
Guide de lecture
2005
Le Testament français by Andrei Makine
Guide de lecture