Paris in Love

Paris in Love

A Memoir

Book - 2012
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In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: she sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
 
With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life--discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen's sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband's notions of quality time; her two hilarious children, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools--not to mention puberty--in a foreign langua≥ and her mother-in-law Marina's raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog).
 
Paris in Love invites the reader into the life of a most enchanting family, framed b y la ville de l'amour .
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
ISBN: 9781400069569
Characteristics: x, 260 p. ; 22 cm

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kehuben
Apr 15, 2017

My first reaction on starting Paris in Love was one of disappointment. I hadn't realized it was a series of twitter/Facebook style posts with occasional longer essays. I could only read it in snatches - otherwise I would start skimming. The short posts were like sound bites, lacking depth and sense of place.

Once I adjusted to this style I was able to enjoy it a little more, viewing the segments as snapshots in time, but I still found it a bit lacking. I did finish it but I don't know if I would recommend it.

AL_MARCIA Mar 15, 2017

An entertaining, year-old exploration of Paris... from museums to chocolate to lingerie.

samdog123 Aug 04, 2015

What a lovely, fun book to read. The author spends a year in Paris with her family. You savor all the experiences of wonderful food, art and French conventions right along with her. Her descriptions of her kids and their lives in Paris is very cute. Well done.

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NKLKent
Jan 30, 2014

The style took a bit to get used to, but if you've ever lived in Paris (especially with children), or wish you could, you will enjoy this funny and thoughtful reminiscence of a year in the City of Light.

genre_gal7 Apr 23, 2013

Great book.

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greenacres
Oct 21, 2012

Humourous, short anecdotes keep the reader engaged, but definitely wishing for more. This would be a dream come true ; spending a year in the "City of Light". Consuming the best croissants ever, sipping a cafe creme on the Rue de Rivoli. Ahh, Paris-Je t'aime.

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villapark
Sep 19, 2012

A quick and enjoyable read, this one reminded me a little bit of Bridget Jones's Diary. Most of the chapters are short journal entries of her thoughts about Paris, her family, and other random things. It's a good one if you are looking for something easy to read. However, I'm only giving this one three stars because her entries were often too short, I would have enjoyed more details.

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ggmu
Sep 08, 2012

Though this is called a memoir, it isn't so much a straightforward narrative as it is delightful snapshots. I lingered over the descriptions of Paris, laughed at the antics of her children, and savoured the accounts of French bistros and cafes. This is a book I want to have a copy of for frequent rereading.

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erikalc
Jul 23, 2012

i'm slightly biased because I love Paris, but I found this memoir to be engaging, funny and just a gorgeous picture of life in Paris. Perfect summer reading!

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