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I'm William Alexander. Whether it's building the perfect garden (The $64 Tomato), baking the perfect loaf (52 Loaves), or learning French, I've embarked on the great mid-life adventure — and I'm keeping notes! The author of three 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 op-ed on the NRA hits a nerve and soars to #1 in popularity on the LA Times digital edition

Cheers, England! "Flirting with French" is now available in the UK from Duckworth.

Read my op-ed about the recent stunning change in French language policy in The New York Times

Flirting with French makes the NY Times Bestseller list and goes into its 3rd printing

Le Monde analyzes my Vous/Tu chart - zut alors!

The New York Times Book Review praises Flirting with French

The Wall Street Journal has published a rave review of Flirting with French, calling it "highly readable" and comparing me to both(!) Walter Mitty and George Plimpton. Merci bien!

CounterPunch calls me "one of America's funniest writers"


Flirting with French a
NY Times bestseller

"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
One of America's funniest writers —CounterPunch
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