In 2009, New York Times best-selling 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 language; 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 by la ville de l’amour.
“While the children struggled then triumphed in school and with new friends, the dog grew fatter, and Alessandro advised his French conversation partner in affairs of the heart, James discovered a ‘materialist’s playground’ in Paris, finding just that precious objet or museum or nibble, and relaying in her sensible, reflective prose the lessons to take home and dream over.... [An] effervescent diary.” (Publishers Weekly)
"What a beautiful and delightful tasting menu of a book: the kids, the plump little dog, the Italian husband. Reading this memoir was like wandering through a Parisian patisserie in a dream. I absolutely loved it." (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love)
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Dreadful and Tedious
I can't imagine anyone but this author's immediate family members caring about this drivel. It's not even remotely interesting, and she includes virtually every thought that crosses her mind that she can think to commit to note paper, no matter how minimally of interest to anyone, probably even herself.
No, I sincerely doubt it.
She had a very grating, annoying voice, but worse was the content (or lack thereof). It was as interesting as having someone remember they wanted to pick up their laundry and decide that was worthy of a page or two.
All of them. This isn't art. It's gussied up rambling wrapped in our ideas of Paris. In short, it's wrapped in a box that suggests one thing, but when you open the box it's full of anything and everything she could think of filling it with just in the hopes of a sale.
Don't bother. I regret I did.
- Robert R.
I guess I was looking for a "How to" book on how to move to Paris (in my dreams) but this is anecdotes about life in Paris without any "nuts and bolts" information but I still enjoyed it.