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Out of Thin Air: More Irregular Essays from Public Radio

David Bouchier brings humor and insight to the quirks and perplexities of everyday life. These entertaining commentaries were first broadcast on stations of the WSHU Public Radio Network in Long Island and Connecticut where Bouchier’s ironic wit has made him one of the best-known public radio personalities in the region. He is also host of the podcast “A Few Well Chosen Words.”

Out of Thin Air is the fifth collection of his radio commentaries, broadcast over the past five years. He brings a fresh approach to everything from vanishing memories to the increasing insanity of politics, the ambiguous pleasures of foreign travel, and the many annoyances of modern electronic life. Fake antiques, gifted children, TV murder mysteries, amateur plumbers, and the federal tax system all find a place in this latest collection of astute observations and whimsical opinions.

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Lucky Man : A Life in Essays

David

Born in London just too late to join in the Secord World War, David Bouchier considers himself a lucky man. He enjoyed a rich and varied life in writing, bookselling, and college teaching without ever being spoiled by wealth or success. In America he learned the secrets of suburban life by settling in Long Island, New York, and achieved a kind of celebrity as an essayist and classical music host on his local National Public Radio stations.

An unreliable memory discouraged David from embarking on a memoir, until he realized that he had written one already in the form of more than a thousand personal essays. This book is a selection of those essays arranged by themes: learning, teaching, reading, writing, work, and travel. It is an engaging life seen obliquely through the prism of the humorous speculations, commentaries and passing observations that have been accumulating like radon gas in his basement all these years. It’s all here, from unsuccessful French classes to reflections on science fiction and advice on how not to write a novel. The reader can pick and choose according to whim, but there is always something strange, surprising, or outrageous to discover.

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Not Quite a Stranger

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David Bouchier began rambling around France on his motorcycle in the 1960s, and he’s still rambling. Not a tourist, resident, or climate refugee (like the wave of snowbirds who temporarily invade Florida every winter), Bouchier has found himself living among the French whenever he’s had the chance for more than fifty years.

In these engaging personal essays, he offers his unique perspective—as a lapsed sociologist, recovering educator, and NPR commentator—on France, the French, and his often-hilarious struggles with the language, culture, food, history, and various four-legged home invaders in the land of la liberté.

First focusing on his youthful attempt at the Bohemian intellectual life in Paris before turning to the sunny, romantic South of France, which he and his wife, Diane, have explored for many years, this collection of delightful essays looks at daily life in France from a variety of wonderfully revealing angles.

$13.60 from Amazon.com – also on Kindle.

Peripheral Vision: Irregular Essays from Public Radio

Peripheral Vision (2011) is the fourth collection of David Bouchier’s public radio commentaries on his life as an immigrant in America. Readers will relish his fresh approach to the rituals that carry us through the year, our obsession with health and fitness, the horrors of travel, and the many annoyances of modern life.

Nothing is too small or too vast to attract his attention: wine labels, yard sales, forgotten passwords, antique cars, distressed ducks, and the federal tax system all find a place in this very funny collection of astute observations and whimsical opinions.

$14.99 Also available on Kindle

Peripheral Vision

The Cats and the Water Bottles

The Cats and the Water Bottles – and other Mysteries of French Village Life

Thirty six entertaining essays, plus twelve line drawings by Diane Bouchier tell the story of a year in a small village in the south of France – encounters with village characters and village cats, language problems, local politics, and adventures in French culture. Originally broadcast on National Public Radio Stations WSHU and WSUF.

$12.95 plus $2.00 s&h Now available on Amazon Kindle

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The Cats and The Water Bottles

The Accidental Immigrant

New Edition

The Accidental Immigrant was originally published in 1996 and has now been reissued. This  is vintage Bouchier, in every sense of the word, full of vignettes from American life, from lawn care to teenage sex. 323 pages, soft cover.

$23.95; hard cover $33.95. Also available on Kindle.

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The Accidental Immigrant

Letters From France

This two-CD set tells the stories of a year in a French village – thirty entertaining tales by David Bouchier, originally broadcast on National Public Radio Stations WSHU & WSUF during 2000 and 2001.

$19.95 plus shipping & handling
$1.75 (standard) or $4.00 (priority)

Direct from: bouchier@wshu.org
Not available in stores.

Letters From France

The Song of Suburbia (2002/2007)

Includes 150 essays originally broadcast on National Public Radio Stations WSHU & WSUF in Long Island and Connecticut. 316 pages, soft cover.

$23.95 plus shipping and handling
$2.50 (standard) or $4.50 (priority)
Now available on Kindle for $5.99

Or from Amazon.com. – ISBN number: 0-595-43757-5

NEW EDITION NOW AVAILABLE.

The Song Of Suburbia

Writer at Work: Reflections on the Art and Business of Writing

The book about writing that somebody had to write. It’s not a celebrity memoir, but a report from the front lines by a working writer with a lifetime of experience in everything from literary fiction to newspaper reporting. Writer at Work is a book of provocative opinions and unexpected diversions. It combines practical advice with entertaining stories, and lively reflections on the writing life.

Paper

$17.95 (ISBN 0-595-35183-2) 

Hard

Cover $27.95 (ISBN 0-595-80112-9)

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Writer At Work

A Few Well Chosen Words

A Few Well Chosen Words is the third collection of David Bouchier’s entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes exasperated weekly commentaries on his life in America, originally broadcast on public radio stations WSHU and WSUF during Morning Edition. Every week for the past twelve years Bouchier has plucked a topic from the chaos of everyday life and subjected it to his special brand of ironic scrutiny. Nothing is too small or too vast to attract his attention: stuffed bears, NASCAR racing, reincarnation, the federal tax system, and shopping in Florida all find a place in this spirited and very funny  collection of observations and opinions.”

Paper $17.95 (ISBN 0-595-44596-7)Also available on Kindle $9.99

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A Few Well Chosen Words