Thursday, July 13, 2017

{Blog Tour} The Madeleine Project - Clara Beaudoux (Review & Giveaway)

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The Madeleine Project - Clara Beaudoux

on Tour July 12-18 with
(biography/history) Release date: September 12, 2017 at New Vessel Press ISBN: 978-1939931498 288 pages Website Goodreads    


A young woman moves into a Paris apartment and discovers a storage room filled with the belongings of the previous owner, a certain Madeleine who died in her late nineties, and whose treasured possessions nobody seems to want. In an audacious act of journalism driven by personal curiosity and humane tenderness, Clara Beaudoux embarks on The Madeleine Project, documenting what she finds on Twitter with text and photographs, introducing the world to an unsung 20th century figure. Along the way, she uncovers a Parisian life indelibly marked by European history. This is a graphic novel for the Twitter age, a true story that encapsulates one woman’s attempt to live a life of love and meaning together with a contemporary quest to prevent that existence from slipping into oblivion. Through it all, The Madeleine Project movingly chronicles, and allows us to reconstruct, intimate memories of a bygone era.


This by far is my favorite book of the year!! The format is Twitter messages that flow from one to the other.  There are also some small sections where the author goes into more details about the entire project.  (I had to go deeper and read everything on Twitter once I was done I wanted more.)

I love that we get to see the author's thought pattern as she is going through Madeleine's stuff in her apartment.  We get to learn a lot about Madeleine through this thought process, but also the author.  I love the small tidbits we get from the author's life and how she is constantly questioning what would Madeleine think of what she is doing.  You can tell the author is trying to be respectful as possible during this process. 

I enjoyed everything about this book.  The photos the author included really helped me to feel like I am part of Madeleine's life.  Also, sometimes I just wasn't 100% sure what she was describing so the photos really helped out.  

I love the entire concept of discovering a person's life through their belongings.  I find that today people do hold onto a lot of stuff and that stuff must have been important at one point in time.  The author does an amazing job exploring the items as well as trying to piece together Madeleine's life. 

This is a hard review for me to write, I don't want to give to much away, but everyone should read this book!! 

I would suggest reading this book everyday! It is a the perfect book to take your mind off the day! I have already read it twice!! 

I received a copy of this book from France Book Tours to provide an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of the book. 

My Rating: 5/5


Madeleine Project-Beaudoux Clara Beaudoux is a Paris-based journalist for the France Info news network. The Madeleine Project has been wildly popular in France. You can follow her on Twitter at @Clarabdx In French: on Facebook, The Madeleine Project page, and the author’s main website
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  1. Thanks for your ecstatic review! Actually, I believe it will also be featured in my top 10 best books of the year. It is so moving. Thanks for highlighting all the good things you saw in this book. Another win for New Vessel Press, which publishes really great books

    1. It was so moving I completely agree!! Thank you for coordinating this tour!!

    2. Night Film by Marisa Pesel a mystery a unique format an incredible read.

    3. I will need to check this one out.

  2. This sounds like such an interesting read!

  3. Great review. Thank you. I love stories like this. But as this is done with twitter and pictures. So unique. I don't have twitter but that won't stop me from reading it. Thanks for posting.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Thank you! It is definitely very unique. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Wowww, this sounds really good! I hadn't heard of it before, but I LOVE that it is a true story! It must have been so very moving, discovering this woman's life. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Yes it is a very moving story and the author does a great job expressing feelings. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. I have an eARC of this and half of the tweets are in French or incomplete sentences (first half is there, end of sentence is not.) is this your experience reading the book or maybe this is something they did to prevent copying?

    1. I read a hardcopy of this book and everything was in English so I didn't have any issues. It might be an eARC issue so there is no copying.


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