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Recent Reviews

It's been a year and a half since No Sex in St. Tropez has been self-published, a satisfying experience. Since that time, this website has had 13,000 hits and well over 1000 copies of No Sex in St. Tropez have been sold.

Here are a few recent reviews of No Sex in St. Tropez. This first one is from Writer's Digest evaluating my entry to their 20th annual self-published book awards.

"I thought her character interaction was great and character revelation was, too. She described the settings well and I could see them in my mind's eye as I read. She was courageous and adventurous and her writing was fine. She has a magnetic personality and attracts people wherever she goes. I enjoyed reading about her Jewishness: she informed people right off that she was a Jew, but not in a confrontational way. She shows that you can go explore your world, as long as you set standards and use caution. I think she'd be a fun person to know as a friend."

This next one is in French. You can get the English translation here.

"Voici , en 2013 , le compte formidable d'une jeune femme américaine pas du tout assujettie aux contraintes usuelles , et qui quitte son continent pour aller voir ailleurs , en dehors de toute image télé , mais Sur le terrain ! Une belle promenade dans les dédales de Saint-Tropez , jusqu'à Paris , mêlée à des rencontres nombreuses , pour cette belle aventuriére hors pair ! De plus , chacun et chacune , peuvent se reconnaître dans cette soif de rencontres et cette belle faculté qu'a Rosalie Roungar , de donner une place , une valeur , un prix , à chacun et chacune , et à tous les petits détails de la vie ! Cette aventure vécue sur le mode simple d'un quotidien , nous donne envie d'aller voir aux USA .... Bravo Rosalie Roungar . Bel ouvrage , à lire sans modération . "

The final one was written and posted here on January 9, 2013, by author and artist Linda Lee Greene

Watch for a travel video from Ed's and my trip to St. Tropez and Paris in October 2012. You will be able to meet all of the characters from No Sex in St. Tropez as they are today.

Jeremy's Book Report

Jeremy (AKA Mo -- long story as to why his beautiful name became Mo) as an eleven year old Portland, Oregon, fifth grader, was given the assignment to write a book report, his first one ever. The teacher explained to the class that this report was to be a biography. Defining biograpy, the teacher suggested students choose someone familiar as the subject matter. Jeremy chose me, his grandmother, as the familiar. Furthermore he chose to write the report on my memoir/biography No Sex in St. Tropez. His teacher was skeptical! Sex was not a word the 5th grade teacher wanted in his classroom even if it belonged to his student's grandmother in the title of her memoir, No Sex in St. Tropez. Nevertheless, all became settled after Jeremy's mother, Tamy, went to school on her son's behalf.

The photo to the left is from June 2012 when Jeremy was at a University of Alabama football summer camp.

Now, click here to read Jeremy's book report of No Sex in St. Tropez along with teacher's comments and grade.


Mad Men and Me

The highly rated TV drama Mad Men on AMC has spotlighted the subject matter of men and women in the 1960s business world and taken it to task. In the first season I watched only one episode. It was painful. I had lived that life in the advertising world where a token woman worked harder than the men for far less pay and still had to serve coffee while listening to degrading remarks about sexuality, femininity, defined skills and forbidden opportunities. Women in mundane jobs had to take orders and ask permission from men who were less qualified than they. Funny thing, many of us didn’t mind the remarks. We were flattered when a man paid attention to us. Was that a lack of self-esteem on our parts or didn’t we know any better? We knew that good looks got us in the door, and we used them.While I was writing No Sex in St. Tropez I decided to soften some of my feelings about the way women thought and were treated in a man’s world. The parts about being a single mother and how I got to be a single parent were part of a back story I chose not to reveal. It was hard enough to explain my position on motherhood of two teenage boys who wanted to live with their father.

Yes, You Can … Choose a Book by Its Cover

This painting of a small beach in St. Tropez in the South of France by Madeleine Breton in 1970 is the cover of my book No Sex in St. Tropez, a memoir. While in the midst of a morning meeting of writers in Francoise Bartram’s living room, I looked up on the wall and fixed my eyes on the familiar scene.

“That’s St. Tropez,” I said to the small group of five. “More than that, it’s the way St. Tropez was when I lived there in 1974, but it’s not like that now. Where did you get that painting, Frances? I’ve been searching the web for a scene of St. Tropez in the period of my story. Everything I see is of St. Tropez the way it looks now. Boats and cars and fashion are different. Even the steeple on the church is different, currently painted yellow and red… very touristy.”

The Book Cover Painting

This photo was taken during the Ohio Writers Guild meeting on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Rosalie Ungar holds the painting from St. Tropez which is the cover of her book No Sex in St. Tropez.
 The painting was in the home of Francoise Bartram. Francoise's mother, Madeleine Breton, who lived in Paris at the time, painted this St. Tropez scene in the early 1970s, the time period Rosalie Ungar's memoir takes place. This photo marks Francoise giving Rosalie the painting to keep and cherish as her own. Thank you Francoise.

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