French Author Kimiko's Essential Reading for the Holidays
Kimiko Jurgenson grew up in France, her mother is Japanese and her father French. She studied fashion in Tokyo and worked for an haute couture house in Paris before leaving the fashion world to begin writing and illustrating children's books. To date she has written over 100 books for children 0-4 years old, and has illustrated books for older children. Kimiko's books have been translated into English, Italian, German, Japanese and Chinese.
How will you be spending your holidays?
I don't know why, but I don't like holidays. It's something about the mandatory aspect of holidays such as Christmas or Easter. But I do like the idea of getting together with friends, preparing a meal for people we love, that's the celebratory aspect for me, but not necessarily at the specific time when everyone else is celebrating.
I have been wanting to read Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. I never get to it. Every year I tell myself I will start to read it during the holidays and then I never do!
Which book(s) do you re-read regularly during the holidays that you might buy as a gift for a friend or recommend to your children?
I love Saint Simon's Memoirs or the Letters of the Princess of Palatine. They were both personalities in Louis the XIV's court, who described life within the court, commenting on events and above all making observations about the people who were part of Louis XIV's entourage. The plotting and conspiracies that went on were so incredible that it's sometimes even more gripping than a good thriller.
A book that I would recommend to my daughter is one that I have re-read many times and have gifted as well, even if it's very well known. Karen Blixen's Out of Africa is a book that makes one dream, it's marvellously written, and it made me feel as though I had been to Africa!