Lisa Anselmo wraps her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who is a defining force in Lisa's life - maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hasn't built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother - and her mother's expectations?
Desperate for answers, she turns to her favorite city - Paris - and impulsively buys a small apartment, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as an act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Suddenly she's living like a local in a city she thought she knew, but her high school French, while fine for buying bread at the corner boulangerie, goes only so far when Paris gives her a strong dose of real life. From dating to homeownership in a foreign country, Lisa quickly learns it's not all picnics on the Seine and starts to doubt herself - and her love of the city. But she came to Paris to be happy, and she can't give up now. Isn't happiness worth fighting for?
In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, My (Part-time) Paris Life is a story for anyone who's ever felt lost or hopeless but still dreams of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman's search for peace and meaning and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness in the City of Light.
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Very touching story
Perfect reflection on life's opportunities
I don't usually listen to audio books twice but there are some parts of this book that are worth hearing again. Not just life in Paris but life and one's opportunities.
Lisa, of course. I think many people can relate to her life experiences outside of the move to Paris. On top of that, all of Lisa's Paris experiences are very realistic (I've done a similar adventure)
Her genuineness and her east coast spirit that get melded with her emerging Paris spirit.
I think the moment when she spends two months in Paris versus weekends and truly immerses herself in Paris life. Of course, the leak in the apartment is classic Paris. Anyone who owns an apartment has went through this at least once (I have twice!).
Lisa's book is as much about choices and opportunity in life than just about Paris itself. The Paris aspect makes it more interesting but I found myself constantly reflecting on my life choices, opportunities and happiness. In some ways, it is a good therapy book. Also, her Paris experiences are exactly the same experiences I had and every time she brings up someone, I had a flashback to exactly the same moment that I had from the "fah-fah-fah" phase to the people in the building to local stores/brasseries to the water leak, etc. If you are planning to buy an apartment, it is a must read.