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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2012 Eloisa James (P)2012 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

“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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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By skyblue21 on 01-26-13

I wanted to love it.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I thought I would love this book because I am so enchanted with Paris, and I want to do what Ms. James did and spend a year in Paris (sans enfant). I also love travel memoirs, and was sold on reading this book when I read the cover blurb written by Elizabeth Gilbert. However, this was no Eat, Pray, Love. I understand that the author wanted to give a slice of life feeling to the book by just re-printing and/or expounding her Twitter and Facebook entries from the year she lived in Paris, but instead of coming of as charming insights into her year as it happened, it just comes across as disjointed observations. She had good intentions, and there are a few nice spots, but there is not much of a story at all, so it mostly just felt like reading somebody's Twitter feed. She didn't make me want to invest in what happened to her or her family. If you enjoy watching "slide shows" from people's travels, or reading Facebook entries about the daily dramas of a girl who is the daughter of somebody you sat next to in high school, then you will probably enjoy this book. I however, just kept saying in my head to the author, "Only you think that is cute because you are their mother. It's really not that cute."

If you’ve listened to books by Eloisa James before, how does this one compare?

I haven't heard or read any others.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It seemed like she was trying too hard to be cute. It came out as took sing-songy and annoying after a while.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Nice effort, but didn't quite work.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Robert R. on 06-18-13

Dreadful and Tedious

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eloisa James again?

No, I sincerely doubt it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

What character would you cut from Paris in Love?

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.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother. I regret I did.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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