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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185788597X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885972
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a beautiful and delightful tasting menu of a book...Reading this memoir was like wandering through a Parisian patisserie in a dream. I absolutely loved it. (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love)

[An] effervescent diary. (Publishers Weekly)

Written with a dry sense of wit and an elegant sense of style, James' literary love letter to the City of Light is inspiring and insightful. (Chicago Tribune)

In this delightful charm-bracelet of a memoir, James, also the author of 20 romance novels, offers quirky, often laugh-out-loud funny snapshots of her adventures as an American suddenly immersed in all things French - food, clothes, joie de vivre. (People Magazine)

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An irresistible love letter to a city that will make you want to head there, Paris in Love is also a joyful testament to the pleasures of savouring life.

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Another book I bought because I saw it cheap on Kindle. I thought that meant it wasn't going to be very good but actually was a beautiful, evocative memoir of one woman's sabbatical year to France with her family. Eloisa James writes about the city with such wit and colour that it makes you want to go there immediately. There was also a very poignant chapter about losing a friend which made me cry. Recommended. (It was a little bit slow to start but stick with it. I loved the travel tips at the end of the book too.)
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This was a beautiful and evocative read. I adored the way it took me through the city, diving in and out of restaurants, museums, art galleries, department stores, bakeries et al. It was fascinating to sit on the shoulder of this brilliant and successful romance writer, who is also a professor of Shakespeare and see, hear and above all feel, how she and her delightful family survived and indeed thrived upon the experience. A funny, moving and at times thought provoking read. One of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time ...I too love Paris, and this book reaffirmed that love yet again.
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One of my favourite books - inspiring and moving. Beautifully written. As the format is a little unusual - mixture of social media posts and essays it may take a few pages to get into but honestly worth it!
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This is essentially a very lighthearted read and perfect as a travel book or a read that is easy. You are invited in to the author's life for a year and the experience she has with her family in Paris. I would have liked more depth, this book is like a 'flutter' or a faint whiff of a real experience. The author is not letting you in too deeply. This is a bit irritating at first and the style of writing is almost akin to diary entries. There is humour and also interest in Parisian culture. We also get a very good introduction to food and the good things of life. I picked up the book periodically as I was travelling and it was very easy to pass an hour and enjoyable. By the end of the book, I would have liked to get to know the family a bit more - but Eloise James seems to be in to her privacy and there is no invitation to get to the heart of the matter. C'est la vie!!!
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By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a true story about an American romance writer who recovers from breast cancer and decides to relocate with her Italian husband and two teenage children to Paris for a year. The book is a collection of her thoughts and observations over the course of the year. It's written as a series of little vignettes and (as she freely admits) is essentially a collection of her Facebook and Twitter status updates over the course of the year, with the addition of a few longer pieces. The result is a severely disjointed book which talks about interesting sights in Paris, amusing anecdotes about her family, the odd recipe and reports from side trips within Europe without ever really doing anything in depth. Even though the book is short, it took me several days to read it and in fact I read another book at the same time (something I hardly ever do) because it simply wasn't holding my interest.

There are snippets from the book that I really liked but I felt that it was a lazy compilation of assorted thoughts and this was particularly annoying because the potential was there for so much more. The fact that she had been through breast cancer and also recently lost her mother (and a close friend) to cancer were obviously major incentives in her decision to go to France, but this was barely touched on until the very end of the book. The impact on her family is also something that you deduce as a reader rather than having her talk about in any depth. As a travel book it's slightly more successful (at the end she compiles a list of her favourite restaurants, museums and sights which is truly enticing) but again, this is only part of what the book is.

Also, the title really bugged me. Paris in Love? Why? Because she writes romance novels? It has nothing to do with the book!
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This is not about the Paris of everyday people like you and me. I couldn't afford to go to all those swanky shops and starred restaurants. Nor live in that upper-class area of 9th arrondissement Paris. Eloisa admits to being obsessed by luxury - aren't we all, but which of us can truly afford it. This was an essay of a person who had the luxury to swan about Paris free-style for a year: sitting at cafés watching the world go by, going to museums, window shopping at exclusive boutiques, etc. Didn't seem to do much of the everday "normal" life. Lucky for her. It was an easy pleasant read as such, nothing in depth or though provoking. I preferred Lunch in Paris by Elisabeth Bard much much more, and her delicious recipes scattered throughout the book.

Oh, and as an American now petmanently living in Europe (unfortunately not Paris) I was appalled by the comment of Eloisa trying out Beef Snout (such an ugly name for Museau de Boeuf even if it IS the literal translation): it does NOT taste like Spam ! It's a jellied concoction served with mustardy/shalloty vinaigrette and if you don't try to translate the name, it's actually quite good. Same goes for Tete de Veau (veal's head) which is NOT a brain tart and for that matter, brains don't even come into the recipe. And it's NOT a whole head served on a platter. Maybe she'd better stick to risotto ...
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