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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 ...
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Overview

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).
 
Paris in Love invites the reader into the life of a most enchanting family, framed by la ville de l’amour.
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For anyone who ever fantasized about leaving it all behind and moving to Paris, Tuscany, or Provence, Eloisa James' new memoir will serve as either a stimulus or a substitute. It's true that this creative writing professor didn't drop everything; she simply took a sabbatical from her Fordham University teaching job, sold her house, and moved to the City of Light. Her year-long stay in one of the world's most beautiful locales was however no frivolous hijinks. James' had just survived a battle with cancer and the death of her mother. Her Paris in Love encompasses both the pleasures of a great metropolis, one family's story of cultural adjustment, and one woman's account of healing.

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Two American academics with growing kids shucked life in the New Jersey suburbs for a year in Paris and savored the splendors of style and gourmandise, as James, the nom de plume of romance author Mary Bly, recounts in this effervescent diary. Bly, a professor at Fordham University, wangled the family to Paris on her sabbatical after the death of her mother from cancer and her own bout with breast cancer. Her Italian-American husband, Alessandro, was the only one who could speak French, while the two children, Anna, 11, and Luca, 15, were immersed in an American school in Paris where they were shocked by the rigor and discipline compared to their American Quaker school. Living on the rue du Conservatoire, in the diverse 9th arrondissement, and aiming to write academic tomes and romance novels, the author mainly shopped, according to her percolating dispatches rendered in discrete segments like diary entries: for chocolate, shoes, emergency hair highlights, and lingerie. Dazzled by the array of menu choices and fine luxury products, she was frequently paralyzed by the Frenchwoman’s ability to look chic without being studied or silly. 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/Bly 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. Agent: Kim Witherspoon. (Apr.)
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“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 (starred review)

"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

"Paris In Love is a witty and delicious memoir,  as  irresistibly charming as Paris itself.  As Eloisa James describes her family's year-long adventure abroad,  her prose shines with her usual romantic flair.  But there is also tenderness,  and wonder,  and the generously imparted wisdom of a woman who takes nothing for granted.  When you read this endearing treasure trove of bons mots,  it's almost as good as being there yourself." —Lisa Kleypas, author of Rainshadow Road

"Mais, Oui! I’m a sucker for travel narratives--I’ve lost count of how many I’ve devoured over the years--Paris In Love is the best I’ve read since Under the Tuscan Sun. James’s gift for language and narrative lets us see what she sees, taste what she tastes (but without the weight gain), and share her funny, touching, always entertaining experiences as she and her family adjust to living in the City of Light. This is a book to be savored, right along with a tart au citron and a glass of pink champagne.  Just pretend your favorite reading chair is at a café table along the rue de Rivoli and enjoy. Marveilleux!"—Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of Call Me Irresistible

"Eloisa James has written a true romance! By moving to Paris with her cool husband and their two unruly kids for a year, she made her fantasies real—and she's written a book that reads like a dream come true."—Christina Dodd, author of Revenge at Bella Terra

Library Journal
Literature professor and best-selling romance author James decided on a change following her bout with breast cancer, the disease that killed her mother. After selling their New York–area house and possessions, she and her husband and their two children moved for a year to Paris. With the same wit and urbanity that make James’s novels such delights, she here describes their time abroad, offering captivating perceptions of the sights, smells, and tastes of the City of Light and how her family members were affected by their time in this glorious city. (LJ 3/1/12)—Bette-Lee Fox

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By day, James is actually Mary Bly, daughter of poet Robert Bly and associate professor and head of the creative writing department at Fordham University. By night, she's the New York Times best-selling author of 24 exquisitely written historical romances. This memoir discusses the year James spent with her family in Paris after she survived both cancer and the death of her mother. James is a smart writer in any genre, Paris is the dream city for escape, and this should be excellent.
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Much-praised romance author James (literature, Fordham Univ.; The Duke Is Mine) survived a bout with breast cancer, the same disease that killed her mother. Though chemotherapy and radiation were not prescribed, James still felt she needed a life change. She and her husband, Alessandro, their precocious ten-year-old daughter, Anna, and sometimes surly 15-year-old son, Luca, sold their New Jersey home and a good number of their possessions and moved to Paris for a year. She here reveals the City of Light in its intrinsic Paris-ness—its eateries, museums, shops, and smells—through a collection of meticulous Facebook updates, revised for the book, bracketed by longer essays, some harking back to her Minnesota childhood. With all the wit and urbanity that have made her romance novels best sellers, James draws readers into her year abroad and will make them wish she was a Facebook friend, to have followed these captivating insights on a daily basis. VERDICT Not just for Francophiles or even James's legion of fans, this delectable confection, which includes recipes, is more than a visit to a glorious city: it is also a tour of a family, a marriage, and a love that has no borders. Très magnifique!—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400069569
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eloisa James
Eloisa James (aka Mary Bly) is a Shakespeare professor at Fordham University in New York City and a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance novels.
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THE EIFFEL TOWER
 
One October day we picked up Anna and her new friend Erica after school and walked to the Eiffel Tower. The girls ran ahead, zooming here and there like drunk fighter pilots showing off. Alessandro and I tried to imagine why the French ever planned to demolish the tower after the 1889 World Fair. It’s such a beautiful, sturdy accomplishment; destroying it would be like painting over the Mona Lisa because of her long nose. Smallish bateaux mouches, or tourist boats, moor in the Seine near the foot of the tower, or so my guidebook said. We wandered beneath the lacework iron, the girls skittering and shrieking like seagulls. Down by the water we paid for the cheaper tickets, the kind that come without crepes and champagne. With twenty minutes to wait, we retreated to an ancient carousel next to the river. A plumpy woman sat huddled in her little ticket box, shielded from tourists and the rain, although as yet neither had appeared.
 
Anna and Erica clambered aboard, but still the operator waited, apparently hoping that two children astride would somehow attract more. The girls sat tensely on their garish horses, their skinny legs a little too long. At ten years old, they’ll soon find themselves too dignified for such childish amusements. But not yet.
 
Finally the music started and the horses jerked forward. A crowded merry-go-round on a sunny day is a blur of children’s grins and bouncing bottoms. But as the girls disappeared from view, leaving us to watch riderless horses jolt up and down, I realized that an empty merry-go-round on a cloudy day loses that frantic gaiety, the sense that the horses dash toward some joyful finish line.
 
These horses could have been objets trouvés, discovered on a dustheap and pressed into service. The steed behind Anna’s was missing the lower half of his front leg.
 
They arched their necks like chargers crossing the Alps on some military crusade, battle-scarred and mournful. Every chip of gold paint dented by a child’s heels stood out, stark and clear. With nowhere to go, and nothing better to do, the operator let the girls go around and around. Finally, though, the music slowed, the last few notes falling disjointedly into the air. I decided there is nothing more melancholy than a French carousel on a rainy day, and wished we had paid for champagne and crepes.
 
***
 
On the Métro heading to school, Anna launched into a wicked impersonation of her enraged English teacher stamping her foot: “Shut zee mouths! Zit down! Little cretins!” The entire subway car was laughing, though Anna remained totally unaware of her captive and captivated audience.

***
 
Alessandro brought home a very successful makeup present after the non-flowers: a heart-shaped cheese, sort of a Camembert/Brie, as creamy as butter and twice as delicious. We ate it on crusty bread, with a simple salad of orange peppers, and kiwis for dessert.

***
 
I just came across a list Luca created on a scrap of paper. At the top of the sheet he wrote (in cursive) “The End.”
 
The list is entitled “Several Problems”:
 
–Can’t write in cursive script
–Can’t write in Italian
–Don’t think I copied the math homework down correctly
–Screwed up on the Italian writing evaluation
–Have French essay for Monday
–Need my books by tomorrow
 
I feel terrible. What have we done, bringing him here? I have ulcers just reading the list.
 
***

My sister mentioned before we left for France that a relative on our mother’s side had published a memoir about living in Paris. I’d never heard of Claude C. Washburn, who was one of my grandmother’s brothers and died before I was born. But today the post brought Pages from the Book of Paris, published in 1910. From what I can gather, Claude was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and moved to Europe after getting his undergraduate degree, living in France and Italy. At some point after his year or so in Paris, he married a woman with the unusual name of Ivé. I’m not very far into the book, but so far he has characterized marriage as “an ignominious institution” and boasted of his “increasing exultation” at remaining a bachelor, steering clear of “the matrimonial rocks, that beset one’s early progress, toward the open sea of recognized bachelordom.” Ivé must have scuppered his vessel before he could steer clear of her rocks.

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It started to pour while we were out for dinner, so hard that a white fog hovered above the pavement where the rain was bouncing. We ran all the way home, skittering past Parisians with umbrellas and unprepared tourists using newspapers as cocked hats, the water running down our necks, accompanied by an eight-block-long scream from Anna.
 
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Today I went to my favorite flirtatious butcher and pointed to some sausages. He coiled up seven feet of them and put them on the scale, saying, “The man who is married to you needs to eat lots of sausages.” One problem with my French is that I require time to think before replying, so I ended up back out on the street with far too many sausages and spent the next hour unsuccessfully trying to come up with French ripostes that I will be able to use in my next life. The one in which I am fluently multilingual, and never at a loss for words.

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Anna had to stand against the wall twice during one class period yesterday. I asked her why, and she told me that she couldn’t remember, and anyway, she wasn’t as bad as the boys. I can’t wait for parent-teacher conferences. “She’s a bad American” keeps running through my head to the tune of “She’s a very pretty girrrrlll . . .”
 
***

My favorite of Paris’s many bridges is Pont Alexandre III, and my favorite of its many statues is not one of those covered with gold, but rather a laughing boy holding a trident and riding a fish. Although just a child, he’s bigger than I am, his huge toes flying off the fish as he twists in midair. But he’s a boy still, with a guileless smile—caught in a moment when he is big enough to ride the back of a fish but not yet acquainted with the world’s sor- rows and deceits. On the far end of Pont Alexandre III, opposite the merboy, sits his twin sister. She seems to have just left the water; she holds fronds of seaweed in one hand, and in the other a large seashell to her ear. Her face is intent as she looks into the distance, listening carefully. I imagine that she is listening for the rushing sound of waves, the sound of home.
 
***

Every Peter Pan has his Hook, Harry Potter his Malfoy . . . Anna’s nemesis is Domitilla, the young lady who slapped her on the playground. Domitilla is a talkative Italian with a propensity for hogging the spotlight (which Anna prefers to reserve for herself). “She is devilish,” Anna told me, very seriously, this morning on the way to school.
 
***

“We’d like white wine,” Alessandro tells our wine seller, Monsieur Juneau. “What are you eating?” M. Juneau inquires. “Fish.” “What kind of fish?” “Halibut with mint and lemon,” I report. “And on the side?” “Potatoes.” “Small or large?” asks Monsieur. (Who knew that mattered?) “Small.” Our menu rolls off his tongue, sounding like the carte du jour at a three-star Michelin restaurant. “The wine for you,” he says, lovingly plucking down a bottle. At home, the fish is disastrous, but the wine, a revelation.

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Luca has caught a virus, and declared pathetically this morning that there was only one thing in the world he could bring himself to eat: Froot Loops. I picked up Anna at school, and we detoured to a small store called the Real McCoy, which caters to homesick American expats. Jackpot! We bought brown sugar, marshmallows, and Froot Loops. Luca ate three bowls.
 
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Ballerinas fall out of the conservatory on our street, eager for a smoke. They cluster around the steps, hip bones jutting. Today, two of them are resplendent in pink tutus, absentmindedly stretching their hamstrings.
 
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I worked hard this afternoon on A Kiss at Midnight, my reimagining of Cinderella. My heroine is flat-chested, poor thing, and part of her transformation involves a pair of “bosom friends” made of wax. These accoutrements are thoroughly historical, and great fun to write about. I gave her so many misadventures that I felt very glad to have gone through with reconstruction surgery, so I don’t have to walk around wearing a wax tata.

***
 
Today Alessandro had his first meeting with a Frenchman from the “conversation exchange” website. His name is Florent, and he wants to learn Italian because he bought a plot of land in a tiny village near Lucca, in Tuscany, and he plans to build a house there. But mostly because he is in love with a waitress he met in the village. Apparently she is very, very shy and reserved.

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We woke this morning to a sheet of rain pouring into the street, with the kind of concentrated intensity that made me think, drowsily, that our bedroom could be behind a waterfall: a dim and cool cave, our big windows a pane of moving water.

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Today Anna was kicked out of her math class and sent to the hallway to “think about herself.” I asked her what she thought about. In lieu of self-examination, she planned a new Sims family, but admitted that she was afraid I would kill her before she got to make it.
 
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A concerned friend has just written from England to inform me that her son’s economics reading included the fact that 650 Parisians are hospitalized every year due to dog poo-related accidents. After living here for almost two months, I am not surprised by this datum. The good news is that we are not (yet) among the fallen.

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I walked home at dusk, and everyone I passed was munching a baguette. The pavement looked as if hundreds of lost children had scattered crumbs so they could find their way home again.
 
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Anna’s archrival, Domitilla, just returned from her grandmother’s funeral in Italy. Apparently Domitilla glanced above the coffin and saw Jesus suspended in the air. Anna’s comment: “I was pretty surprised to hear that.” But another classmate, Vincenzo, chimed in and said that he knew about a boy with no legs at all who went to church and prayed, and after seeing a white-bearded man in the air, got up and walked. “So that was better than just seeing Jesus,” Anna pointed out.

***
 
My publisher is in town on her way to the Frankfurt Book Fair, and she took me to lunch at Brasserie Lipp, where Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre used to lunch every day. I had a dark, delicious fish soup and too much wine; we talked about food writing and life before children.
 
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People kiss all the time here: romantically, sadly, sweetly, passionately; in greeting and farewell. They kiss on the banks of the Seine, under bridges, on street corners, in the Métro. I hadn’t realized that Anna had noticed until yesterday, when I suggested perhaps a single-mother situation in her classroom could be explained by divorce. Anna didn’t agree. “They don’t get divorced over here,” she reported. “It’s ’cause they kiss so much.”

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Very early in the morning, the only light comes from tightly closed bakeries. Chairs are upside down on top of the tables, but the smell of baking bread feels like a welcome.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    I am a fan of all things Eloisa, so I was thrilled to discover t

    I am a fan of all things Eloisa, so I was thrilled to discover that she was writing a memoir of her time in Paris, having lived vicariously through her Facebook updates for her year-long adventure. Paris in Love delivers on so many levels--it's filled with lovely little vignettes that paint a gorgeous picture of live in Paris...sometimes uproariously funny, sometimes deeply moving, and there's even a sigh-worthy love story!

    Most importantly, there's such inspiration to be drawn from the story; after a (thankfully quick) cancer scare, Eloisa and her husband closed up shop in New Jersey and committed to a year in Paris to rediscover themselves, their family and the world. The book is filled with a passion for life that leaves you ready to pack your own bags and follow. Recommended for everyone.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    I have been a fan of Eloisa James' writing ever since I discover

    I have been a fan of Eloisa James' writing ever since I discovered her first book, "Potent Pleasures.” Since then I have had the great pleasure of reading each and every one of her novels. When I learned that she had taken a sabbatical from her alter ego life as Mary Bly, tenured professor of Shakespeare at Fordham University, and was posting from Paris on Facebook, I finally took the plunge and joined Facebook myself.

    At the time very few of us knew why she and her family decided to spend a year in Paris; we were just happy to be invited along on the adventure. Each day’s post was an insight into “La vie Parisienne” told in the exquisite, evocative and descriptive style that is Eloisa James’ signature.

    In her Memoir “Paris in Love,” I enjoyed reliving and remembering all those posts from that year. More importantly, the longer essays that are interspersed throughout the book are life lessons that expand on the theme of living each day to the fullest.

    In retrospect, and now knowing more of the facts surrounding the decision to spend a year in Paris, (her mother’s death from breast cancer in 2007 and her own diagnosis of the same disease just two weeks later) we see it as the brilliant decision that it is. It's "Carpe Diem" in its finest form; seizing the day when you are not sure what tomorrow and all the days after will bring.

    I cannot recommend this book highly enough; I’d give it more that five stars if I could.
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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    Eloisa James's memoir is, as the title indicates, a book about P

    Eloisa James's memoir is, as the title indicates, a book about Paris, or at least about Paris as experienced by one American family during a sabbatical year spent in that city. It is filled with vignettes of the city’s landmarks, museums, and restaurants and of its homeless, its school children, its shop keepers. The memoir, again as suggested by the title, is also about love—love of family, friends, food, and fashion (in both the specific and larger senses of that word), as well as love of the city itself. It is, less obviously, a book about time—time spent, time wasted, and time cherished. I loved every page, and I have been enthusiastically recommending it to friends who share my delight in James's historical romances and to friends who never read romance but appreciate writing that is wise and warm and witty.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

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    I loved the brief stories. Many made me laugh. I wish there had

    I loved the brief stories. Many made me laugh. I wish there had been more, I didn't want her to go home!

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    ¿I¿m Not in Love with ¿Paris in Love¿

    After Eloisa James had suffered the loss of her Mother to cancer, she was diagnosed with the horrific disease herself. Following a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, she came to the realization that she should live everyday to the fullest. It was with this awakening, that, among other gutsy undertakings, she starts planning and then executing a year of living in Paris, France with her family. This change of lifestyle included the sale of their home and, ultimately, the purchase of a new abode upon their return to the states. Eloisa and her Husband, Alessandro, each took a year of sabbatical leave from teaching—found an Italian School in Paris that their children; teen-aged Luca and elementary-school wild child; Anna could attend, and secured an older but elegant apartment in a neighborhood ripe with charming shops and interesting people. Among the new friends Alessandro met at the “Conversation Exchange” was a French gentleman named Florent, who wanted to learn Italian so he could woo a young waitress he had met in Tuscany. Alessandro was forever giving him hints on what to say to the lass to help his love life along. While I was reading this memoir,I felt like I was sneaking a peek into someone’s diary, as I would have preferred longer chapters encompassing the adventures and family life, rather than daily entries. I have learned a few things—I know I have had some “hinge moments”….I will NEVER order Calf’s head (with or without the Rooster’s cockscomb) …and I’m wondering why someone didn’t add a length of Velcro to poor Milo’s (the 27 lb. Chihuahua) raincoat?? ( The family would not have had to settle for the unimpressive clear raincoat! )…and chocolate, by any name is just as sweet. You will get some chuckles ( especially where Alessandro’s Mama; Marina, and the portly Milo are concerned) identify with some similar situations, no matter what country you’re in, and Ms. James has kindly included an unofficial guide to some of her unforgettable places in Paris. I have always enjoyed Ms. James’ romance novels and hope to again in the future—In the meantime, I applaud her courage and tenacity. Nancy Narma

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    A feast of words!

    For anyone who's read an Eloisa James' fiction book, you know you're in for rich characterization, deliciously bittersweet moments, gut-busting laughter, and a recipe of word play that is gorgeously original. You get that. In all her books. But with Eloisa James and her family as the main characters in this memoir chronicling their year abroad in Paris, you just get more. More tears. More laughter. More instances with your jaw in your lap wondering at the skill of James' pen.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Some people have read Paris in Love from start to finish. Some p

    Some people have read Paris in Love from start to finish. Some people randomly savor parts of the books. No matter how you read Paris In Love you'll find yourself in Paris and loving it all, Eloisa James took a year of her life, and that of her family, and shared it with the rest of the world. What transpires will make you laugh, cry and feel as if you're right there through it all. It's that good!

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Warm, witty and often amusing, PARIS IN LOVE chronicles a moment

    Warm, witty and often amusing, PARIS IN LOVE chronicles a moment out of time. Actually, several moments. A whole year's full, in fact. Following the death of her mother and a cancer scare of her own, NY Times Bestselling author, Eloisa James ran away to Paris, France. Stepping away from their hectic life, she and her husband took sabbaticals from their university teaching positions, sold their house and cars, packed up their two children and rented an apartment in Paris for a year. Told in a series of short vignettes (that were originally Facebook status updates) interspersed with essays, PARIS IN LOVE takes you into the heart of this family; the triumphs, failures and lessons learned during their year abroad. It's educational, amusing, sometimes heartbreaking but always life affirming and an experience not to be missed. I highly recommend PARIS IN LOVE.

    ~PJ Ausdenmore
    The Romance Dish

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    Have you ever been to Paris? Well, I haven't. That is, I haven

    Have you ever been to Paris? Well, I haven't. That is, I haven't until Paris in Love took me there. Eloisa James is a true artist. She doesn't paint pictures with oils or watercolors. She paints pictures with words. This trip to Paris was full of fun and interesting times for her family and also for the reader. I can't imagine leaving everything familiar and going to a country where I couldn't even speak the language. I followed Ms. James on facebook while she and her family were living in Paris for a year. I really looked forward to her daily posts. This book brought it all back plus more. This may be the closest I ever get to Pais, France, and it was a great trip.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    I really liked this book. I love books that transport me to exot

    I really liked this book. I love books that transport me to exotic places and what is more fun than Paris. From the delightful antics of 11 year old Anna, to the saga of the pudgy Milo the dog, this is a delightful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    A lovely, elegant memoir told in lilting prose that only a poet'

    A lovely, elegant memoir told in lilting prose that only a poet's child could manage. Mary Bly's view of Paris is an intoxicating one that should be sipped, though you'll want to drink it all down at once. Either way it's a fun ride.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

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    Cannot understand why anyone would give this book anything less

    Cannot understand why anyone would give this book anything less than a five star review. NY Times Best selling author Eloisa James AKA Mary Bly. She is an best seller as well as a Professor. Her husband and her took the year off moved the who family to Paris. As a fan of Eloisa I read facebook post while over there that had me rotf. This book is full of her time while in Paris. It is full of funny insights involving her children, pets, and Parisains. I gave it a 5 star because its great. I recommend you read with or without excerpt. If you more details before you buy it you can easily google Paris in Love and it will take you to her page..

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    I love Eloisa James and her books but I will admit that I was a

    I love Eloisa James and her books but I will admit that I was a little unsure about reading this book. It is so completely different than her other books and I did not know if I would like the change in subject and writing style. I NEVER should have wasted a moment of time thinking about it. This book was great! I keep trying to come up with a way to explain to everybody why they should read it and I will just tell you that it is filled with WONDERFUL! I loved being able to share a year in Paris with somebody who lived it to the fullest and was kind enough to share it with the rest of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    A sweet frothy bonbon of a book -- served up in bite-size observ

    A sweet frothy bonbon of a book -- served up in bite-size observations. Some about life in Paris, some about Paris, some about life. I thought this would be an ideal book to pick up and put down when I was busy, but I found myself caught up in James' sometimes funny and sometime thoughtful insights. Finally I admitted I couldn't read just one and sat down to savor the whole of this charming memoir.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Throughly enjoyable, a must read

    I have been to Paris many times and have thought of living there. Now I live part of the time in southern France and in the US Caribbean. This book brought back many memories when we used to travel with our daughters. I love every chapter and enjoyed the faux pas Ms. James and her family made as they tried to adjust to life in Paris and the french way of thinking. To this day one of my daughters loves escargots and both are in love with France and its cheeses and pastries. Read and enjoy this throughly delightful book of life in, of all places Paris.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

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    I loved Paris In Love. the stories were funny. The author makes

    I loved Paris In Love. the stories were funny. The author makes readers really see Paris. I want to go there after reading this book. We have all dreamed about leaving life behind and moving somewhere wonderful for a bit. This book is great for book clubs.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

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    Cute, witty Paris memoir....

    This is a fun memoir that is a breeze to read. It's written in short diary style entries so you can pick it up and put it down without getting lost. The basic deal is a professor/mom of 2, and her Italian husband, move to Paris for a year to experience the culture there. It's amusing and challenging for the entire family, and James has a wonderful sense of humor in describing the everyday occurences and mishaps of their lives in Paris. This book makes you want to get online and book a trip to Paris today; the shopping, chocolate and French cuisine sound exquisitely delicious.
    By the end of a year spent, James reports sadness to leave the City of Lights, but a bittersweet relief to be returning home to the States.
    As a recent traveler to Paris myself, I have to agree. Paris...one of the best places on Earth to visit, but residing and working there would yield a different and ruin the aura of the place for me (unless I became substantially wealthy and didn't have to care about labor strikes, politics and the day to day grind of the place)

    Of note, James includes at the end of her memoir a nifty list of her favorite Paris gems - restaurants, shops, museums that aren't usually highlighted as must-see's in your typical travel guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    A must read

    If you enjoy traveling & you've either been to Paris or dream of going one day, you must read. While flipping from one event to another with no notice, it was an easy read & made me want to jump in a plane & head to Paris!! A great lazy, weekend read!! Buy it!!

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

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    I have never read one of Eloisa's books before and I loved her w

    I have never read one of Eloisa's books before and I loved her wit and style of writing. I may read some of her romance books even though romance is not my genre. I didn't expect it to be short Facebook phrases but it was a great story nonetheless!

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    What a wonderful book this is! Eloisa James has written a memoir

    What a wonderful book this is! Eloisa James has written a memoir that is at times funny, romantic, and poignant. After a health crisis, she and her husband Allessandro both take a sabbatical from their respective teaching positions and move their family to Paris. The book is chock full of little vignettes of their life in France, adjusting to the cultural differences, finding their way around the city and even bridging the language issue. I particularly like the stories about her feisty daughter, Anna and her run- ins with a fellow classmate who eventually becomes her friend. There were so many interesting parts to the book. My heart felt sad when Ms. James wrote about a small museum of French historical treasures started by a local banker and later imparts the fact that the house was donated to the French government, his son died as a soldier for France and yet the entire family was shipped off to Auschwitz and never returned.
    The American in me loved that some of the highly touted French cuisine is in fact, not so good, but the description of most of the food is simply amazing. The markets, the stores, the buildings make one want to chuck it all and head to France. The stories of the homeless man living in a tent with two little trees as his enjoyment in life make you appreciate life here. I had a good laugh with the stories about Milo, the family’s part time Chihuahua who lives with Allesandro’s mother in Venice and weighs 27 pounds! Mostly, I enjoyed the everyday stories of a family adjusting to change and loving being together. I read most of this book while writing a complicated grant for the library where I work and I couldn’t wait to get home and start reading and feeling the stress just flow away with every page.

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