Author: Eloisa James
Publisher: Random House,
Apr. 3, 2012
Available for pre-order
Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program
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Description from amazon.com:
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 language; and her mother-in-law Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog).
I read almost no memoirs but I am very glad I agreed to review this one.
I loved this book!! I am a fan of Ms James’ historical romances but I have to say this is my favorite book of hers. Following a diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent treatments, she packs up her family for a year of living in Paris, France.
It is a tale of delicious cuisine, and terrible food; of couture lust and sophisticate envy; of precocious kids and truth from the mouth of babes, and the exhaustion of parenting.
There is humor in her writing as she has us follow along on the escapades of her precocious ten year old daughter and her fourteen year old son. They alternately love and hate their year in Paris. Eloisa spends time sampling many restaurants, cooking and is a died-in-the-wool people watcher, especially of those Parisian women who dress so exquisitely. Her Italian born husband, Allesandro, is on a mission to master the French language and has a conversation companion, Florent, who wants to speak Italian. Together they help each other to master the languages and we learn of Florent’s unrequited love life.
The year is told through essays interspersed among journal-type entry paragraphs. The whole works very well. I felt like I was walking down the streets of Paris with her.
I can definitely recommend this book.