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C'Est La Vie: An American Woman Begins a New Life in Paris And--Voila!--Becomes Almost French Paperback – 1 Jun 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143035509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143035503
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Gershman's] touching account has all the charm and energy of her Born to Shop books." --Diane Johnson

"This is a wonderful book. Read it and pack for a life-changing adventure--as Suzy Gershman did." --Marie Brenner

"Delicious." --Alain Ducasse

About the Author

Suzy Gershman, author of Frommer's Born to Shop book series, has also been a travel-shopping columnist for Travel and Leisure as well as Travel Holiday. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, the Today show, and Good Morning America and has been featured in People, USA Today, Family Circle, McCall's, and the International Herald Tribune.

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As a twenty-something, this book was a little 'old' for me. It is essentially the story of a 50-something widow who escapes her sorrows and old life in the US to start again in the city she loves - Paris. I did enjoy her descriptions of the city and it's people, but after a while, all the name-dropping and elitist activities she claims to have done gets to you ("coffee at the Ritz with Les Girls", etc). She comes across as a snob (even as she tries to say that about others around her) and experiences Paris as a cashed up socialite, even claimed through out the book about how much on a budget she is (then writes about spending thousands of dollars on flea market furniture, food, limosines, fancy restaurants, flights back and forth between the US, etc and how she isn't on the 'Forbes500 list of Richest Women' anymore?!?)

She also repeats herself a few times (i.e. name someone with an small description, then does it all over again a few chapters later) which breaks up the smooth flow of the book and in my mind I could only think "bad editing". A small gripe, but still one worthy of mention.

All in all, it is a story about a woman coming to terms with the death of her husband and finding a new life for herself in Paris. The description on the back cover of the book understates her husbands death as she does spend a lot of time talking about her late husband (almost every chapter right until the end) and her obsession to establish herself in French society. Don't get me wrong - This is an entertaining book for over 40's, who have a similar lifestyle (i.e. money and social standing), otherwise to everyone else, it comes across as a tad boastful and shallow by the end.
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Chose this book for next month's book club meeting as I really enjoyed it..............hope the rest will too!
An excellent read.
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