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Intoxicating Paris: Uncorking the Parisian Within

Intoxicating Paris: Uncorking the Parisian Within [Kindle Edition]

PJ Adams
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Amazon best seller.
Nominated for the 2014 American Library in Paris Book Award.

Are you interested in finding your inner Parisian? Intoxicating Paris: Uncorking the Parisian Within is PJ Adams's quirky journey through the byways, kitchens, shops, cafés, closets, boudoirs, and creative heart of Paris. Intoxicating Paris takes you through the ancient streets of Paris, where you'll find the secrets of creativity that inspired the likes of Hemingway, Hugo, and Rodin. Readers will peek inside some of the most sumptuous dining venues in Paris. And you'll join PJ in a few cooking escapades, as well as solve the mystery of how those French women maintain their slim physiques despite their rich diet of foie gras, bread, wine, and dessert!

You'll also learn the sources of the French woman's allure--how she lives her life, conducts her relationships, and rears her children. You'll examine the French man's potent ability to seduce, as well as how La Seduction holds sway in the institutions and French bastions of power. And you'll learn how strict parenting and close ties shape the French extended family system. You'll do a little flânering (wandering) through the marchés of Paris, as well as les grands magasins (department stores). And you'll uncover some ways to put some of that French style into your own closet, no matter your age or budget. Finally, you'll learn how to capture a bit of that French joie de vivre, whether you visit Paris or simply invite her into your living room as an arm chair traveler.

Intoxicating Paris is filled with fascinating encounters, memorable stories, and unconventional insights into the City of Light. This book is for style lovers, foodies, creatives, and anyone who simply loves Paris. See our book trailer at or visit our website at

About the Author

PJ Adams is a psychotherapist and former Harcourt Brace publishing executive. Intoxicating Paris is her quirky journey through Paris. Her other books include Freud’s Revenge, a popular psychological thriller, and Daughter Wisdom, a self-help guide for daughters young and old. She enjoys studying French, growing tomatoes, learning about new cultures, and enjoying that "joie de vivre" (joy of life) whenever possible.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9307 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989516202
  • Publisher: PJ Adams Books (1 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FN0A516
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What others say about Intoxicating Paris:
"Adams is frankly delighted by most of what she has seen in Paris and not too "cool" to admit it. In a breezy and clever writing style, she has produced an entertaining memoir-cum-guide to the City of Light...First-hand accounts make for good reading, and Adams has recorded hers in a witty, insightful manner. Nowhere is she more eloquent than when she writes of food. The markets of Paris come alive in her vivid descriptions...I am surprised I made it through this book without gaining weight...In the end, what comes across is that this is a witty, intelligent woman with an open mind and strong powers of observation...Best of all, her affection for her subject shines through on every page. P.J. Adams would make an excellent dinner companion. I'm sure I don't have to tell you what one of our topics of conversation would be."--Jane Del Monte, Bonjour

Pamela "PJ" Adams is a licensed California therapist and former Harcourt Brace publishing executive. During her university years, she studied at the London School of Economics and later worked in England in publishing. Intoxicating Paris: Uncorking the Parisian Within is her quirky memoir on the City of Light taking readers on a memorable journey through the byways, kitchens, shops, cafés, closets, and boudoirs of Paris. British photographer John Birkhead captures the radiance of Paris in his 90+ photos in Intoxicating Paris.

PJ is also the author of Freud's Revenge, a psychological thriller, and Daughter Wisdom: A Lifetime of Loving Letters From a Therapist Mom. She is currently working on future books about France. (Note: American author and therapist Pamela PJ Adams should not be confused with British author Polly J Adams who writes erotic literature under the name P.J. Adams.)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By MrH
I really enjoyed this book and think that it is a `must read' for anyone considering a trip to Paris; whether you're a seasoned traveller or new to the Parisian scene. It goes way beyond other travelogues and gives a real insight into the culture of the people of Paris and France. A very enjoyable book written in a very readable style and written from her own experiences: from fine dining to shopping whether at the local markets or at top end department stores the author's passion for the city, its people and their lifestyle shines through in her engaging and informative writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating Read about Paris 17 Feb 2014
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l have to say that this book is a brilliant read,,, for anyone who is going to Paris or France or anyone who is interested in Travel.
It offers plenty of information before you begin your Parisian Holiday.
I recommend this book as a part of your holiday accessories
Pamela Williamson,,
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money 16 Feb 2014
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This is quite possibly one of the worst books written. It's so bad its entertaining to start with. The film references are abundant and very unnecessary. Apparently Americans boycotted french fries when the US invaded Iraq?! Err have you seen the obesity in the US - I don't think so. Oh and the real gem Americans feel abused and mistreated if French don't speak English! How about learning to speak a few curtsey words like please, thank you when visiting a country? The writer then goes on to add a basic french for dummies section. How she tried to bridge the communication boundries. If you need to spell it out to people to learn please and thank you when they travel, quite frankly they should not be given a passport. Did I mention the frequent movie references as if this is the only way explain a point is to make a reference to hollywood's vision of Paris and French culture. Now half way through its gone from mildly amusing to just plain insulting. The stereotypes and generalisations are abundant if anything my dislike for Americans has just trebled. If you are well travelled and have half a brain keep well away from this utter tripe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tres Bon! Je suis un Parisien! 9 Oct 2013
By shaunhelen - Published on
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Looking for more than a simple travel guide? A smart, sexy tour of the REAL Paris Experience? You found it! What is it about this city that entices us so?? What sets our hearts aflutter?? Ms. Adams unwraps Paris (and Parisians!) for us like a lovely gift we open with her; we ooh and ahh over the city's many treasures, from chocolat to Chanel, from the boudoir to baguettes. This little gem is packed with the sort of practical information I wanted to help me plan an amazing trip - to eat well, to experience classical artwork and gain insight into its rich history, to find treasures and keepsakes - but what I found most delightful is how the author digs deep into the French psyche, into the lives of everyday people, along with French artists, cultural and historical figures, to put us in touch with our own frisky little "je ne sais quoi" we find bubbling within.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it now before Paris changes 30 Dec 2013
By Robert D. Hulme - Published on
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This is a good book written by an experienced author on a subject that has been worked over for many, many years but P J Adams does bring a sort of new dimension to speaking about Paris; It's like taking a walk around town and looking into familiar places with a knowledgeable friend in tow. The book deals with Paris as it is today so it is best to read it right now, maybe just before ones next trip to the wonderful and ever changing city. RDH
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book ! 16 Feb 2014
By Leslie Rennick - Published on
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If you're a world traveler, you know there are some people who just make great travel companions. They point out the quirky fellow over in the corner by the famous statuary; they make you laugh when things go strangely awry; they come up with fascinating facts about your coffee or the cobblestones (not to mention the current President, or a movie star, or the Mona Lisa!); they bring out the adventurer in you even when your feet are tired! Pamela Adams is clearly one of those treasured folks and, reading her travel memoir, you'll have had her at your side on the trip of a lifetime as, together, you stalk those gorgeous Parisians in their shops, museums and cafes, in search of your own joie de vivre! Bon Voyage!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorously accurate 11 Jan 2014
By Nube loca - Published on
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I enjoyed this book from beginning to end as it covers Paris and the Parisians from many interesting angles. Although it was very informative, it was written clearly from someone with first-hand knowledge with a great sense of humor.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully intoxicating! 6 Oct 2013
By shopperpeggy - Published on
Loved this book! Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to share it with my friends and book club.
I highly recommend it.
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