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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

My New York Times op-ed on The Benefits of Failing at French created a sensation, achieving the rare distinction of being #1 in every popularity category: most viewed, e-mailed, tweeted, and posted on Facebook. Read the piece here

A few days previously, my Guide to Using Vous and Tu went viral on the LA Times (and in France, Le Monde) website.

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 try to learn French grappling 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. You can pre-order now!

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!

Flirting with French on sale September 16!

"Hilarious and touching" —Julie Barlow, author of Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong

"A delightful and courageous tale and a romping good read" —Mark Greenside, author of I'll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do)


What the critics say about William Alexander...

His writing is engaging, well paced and informative — The New York Times Book Review
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
Engaging, funny, and down-to-earth — Entertainment Weekly
His timing and his delivery are flawless. — The New York Times Magazine
Consistently funny — The Washington Post