Au Paris by Rachel Spencer

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"It's 2 a.m. and I'm wide awake, counting the days and hours until my plane leaves for Paris--3 days and 16 hours,  to be exact.  But ready or not, it's bonne journee for me.  Croissant anyone?"

When twenty-something Rachel Spencer needed a change of pace from her corporate job, she traded in her power suit and stilettos for blue jeans and flip flops, said au revoir to Houston, Texas, and bonjour to a summer in Paris. Little did Rachel know she was about to take on her most challenging job yet: nannying three rambunctious children, ages 14, 11, and 7.

With razor sharp wit and heartfelt humor Rachel chronicles her hilarious adventures--and misadventures--as she works to master her new job, learn a new language, and find her place among a family of strangers:


   • First Day Faux Pas--Determined to make an entrance her first day on the job, Rachel winds up tumbling down the foyer steps in a short black dress--and baring all to the children! 


   • The Nanny Book--A  small leather-bound book written in Franglais (English and French)--detailing Rachel's daily nannying duties.


   • Dressed to Impress--Despite dreams of capturing the tres chic French style, Rachel learns that  strappy sandals and nannying don't always mix.


   • Teen Troubles--When Rachel catches Diane, who is 14 going on 21, mixing rum and boys into her leisure time, she discovers there is a fine line between "nanny" and "friend"


   • Country Living--During a trip to the French countryside, Rachel learns that French Country is much more than a china pattern!


   • Where the Heart Is--By the end of her stay, Rachel realizes the answers she was searching for all along weren't in Houston or in Paris--they were in her heart.

A hilarious real-life tale, Au Paris is a story of self-discovery, independence, and following your heart at all costs.


About Rachel Spencer

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Published December 1, 2006 by Citadel. 244 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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While older readers might not relate to Spencer's dramatic declaration ("I had woken up at age 23 to realize I was living a life I had never planned"), 20-somethings fresh out of college just might cotton to the latest in nanny memoirs as Spencer narrates her journey from cubicle to croissants, t...

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