STORY: n 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 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.
REVIEW: I absolutely loved this book especially as it mirrored so much of what I experienced while living in Paris for six years.
The unique little vignettes that Ms. James wrote brought smiles and memories to me. For anyone who has lived in Paris or hopes to just visit there some day, this little gem is must reading.
Ms. James has included lots of addresses for buying all sorts of things and for eating out. When you do get to take that trip to Paris, take along a copy of this great book and your travel guide. You will then be fully prepared for an adventure of a lifetime.
Connie for b2b