Paris in Love by Eloisa James

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22 Critic Reviews

But the poetry will live on through Mary Bly, and in her poignant book, steeped in Paris and suffused with love.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

“Exhilarating and enchanting . . . brims with a casual wisdom about life.”—Chicago Tribune

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. This memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 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’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as she 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.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
“In this delightful charm-bracelet of a memoir, [Eloisa James shares] her adventures as an American suddenly immersed in all things French—food, clothes, joie de vivre.”—People
 
“Enchanting . . . gives the reader a sense of being immersed along with James in Paris for a year . . . you see the rain, taste the food, observe the people.”—USA Today
 
“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!”—Library Journal (starred review)
 

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Published April 3, 2012 by Random House. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Self Help, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Paris in Love
All: 22 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 23 2012

...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.

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Book Reporter

Below average
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Apr 05 2012

Although the lack of a sustained narrative can make the book feel frivolous and insubstantial, her observations can also be rich and delectable. . .

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on Mar 31 2012

But the poetry will live on through Mary Bly, and in her poignant book, steeped in Paris and suffused with love.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Comninos on Apr 18 2012

Professors know that writing short is good for style, and Bly’s snippets – some of them pared down to no more than 420 characters – are as delicious as the most delicate of Parisienne bonbons.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Deidre Donhue on Apr 29 2012

Yet Paris in Love offers an original perspective on the famous city and its citizens, in part because of its structure....which grew out of James' Facebook and Twitter jottings.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Maria Rodale on Apr 02 2012

The book is told and organized based on a series of Facebook posts and tweets, a format that starts off feeling unusual, but by the end, feels perfect; each bit is like a little poem or dessert unto itself...

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Molly Born on Apr 25 2012

In many ways an extension of the Twitter and Facebook accounts Ms. James kept during her year there, the book's format also lends itself to rich details that otherwise might get lost.

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NJ.com

Below average
Reviewed by Marcia Hecker on Apr 15 2012

“Paris in Love” is the literary equivalent of a bowl of jelly beans: small bites of sweet color that, when eaten in large quantities, leave one feeling unsatisfied and yearning for protein.

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Vibrant Nation

Excellent
Reviewed by Lesa Holstine on May 28 2012

There are moments of humor, moments of beauty, and times of thoughtful reflection. Eloisa James is eloquent in her love of the city.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

Good
Reviewed by Janga on Mar 28 2012

I consider the time I spent reading Paris in Love twice time well spent.

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
Reviewed by Beth Fish on Apr 10 2012

Not every day is wonderful, and James freely writes about the negatives. In the end, though, it's her short, yet beautifully expressed, observations of life in Paris that will linger with readers.

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Bookfan

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Apr 18 2012

One particularly touching essay titled Rose explained the motivation for the Paris adventure.

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Romance Novel News

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Porter on Apr 23 2012

If you are interested in something a little different, give “Paris in Love” a try. You will laugh at loud, you will tear up, you will enjoy a peak into this author’s life and you will learn to appreciate your own life a little bit more.

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The Romance Dish

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Apr 03 2012

I adore this book for many reasons, but two stand out. One was her descriptions of Paris...The other reason I adore this book is Eloisa’s interactions with her children.

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Bookfoolery and Babble

Good
Apr 23 2012

They truly made me laugh out loud. I recommend Paris in Love to memoir lovers and people who love reading about Paris or who dream of one day visiting.

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Blogging for a Good Book

Good
Reviewed by Mindy on Apr 10 2012

Two things appealed to me about this little memoir: the extravagant idea of spending an entire year living. . .in a famously romantic and decadent city like Paris, and the author’s background. . .

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The Novel World

Good
Reviewed by Narineh on Apr 16 2012

James’ observations are witty, clever and eloquently written.

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The Reading Frenzy

Good
Reviewed by Debbie Haupt on Mar 28 2012

I laughed on the very first page and didn’t stop until I closed the book and although it’s not all laughing it’s a main ingredient in the memoir...

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It's My Genre, Baby

Below average
Reviewed by Meoskop on Mar 26 2012

Paris In Love could be summed up with "I felt lost. I ran away. The hairdressers didn't understand me. The kids were confused. I calmed down. I came back."

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The Librarian Next Door

Good
Reviewed by Meredith on May 19 2012

I was wooed and charmed by this book and it is the best kind of book to enjoy – the kind that simply makes you happy when you’ve finished reading.

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Penelope's Romance Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Penny Watson on May 03 2012

This book is a lovely, charming and meandering reminder to embrace our moments. I'm so glad Eloisa James chose to share her year in Paris with all of us.

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FoodandWineBlog.com

Good
Reviewed by Greg Bissonette on May 02 2012

The book I found oddly appealing, and is rather open to both sexes.

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