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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374146683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374146689
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deftly written, with a wry style and liberally deployed irony...Very funny.--Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic. A picture of what it's like to live and work--like, work work--in a city understood by most Americans only through tourist goggles...So necessary and welcome.--Daniel Riley, GQ. Baldwin and his wife, Rachel--as well as the Parisians he came to know--are funny and idiosyncratic, and it's a pleasure to spend time with them....A love story about the city and its people.--Eloisa James, NPR. A hilarious, keenly observed, and surprisingly poignant journey into the Parisian state of mind.--Anthony Doerr, author of Four Seasons in Rome. Americans in Paris are a common literary trope, but Rosecrans Baldwin has rejuvenated it....A wryly astute fish-out-of-water memoir.--Teddy Wayne, The Huffington Post. A charming entry into the expat canon, this book is Baldwin's true story of moving to his favorite city in the world--favorite to the tune of obsession, mind you--and realizing it's not quite as he had imagined.--Emily Temple, Flavorwire Baldwin proves that with the right attitude, everything in this perhaps most magically remembered of all cities is either beautiful, hilarious, or both, and his friendly voice and approachable style will grab those who want to be there and those who have never been.--Annie Bostrom, Booklist. A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne as experienced by an observant young American...his vivid impressions of Paris and its people (expats included) are most engaging. Great fun and surprisingly touching. Kirkus(starred review) --Various --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rosecrans Baldwin's first novel, You Lost Me There, was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2010, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and a Time and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer 2010. He is a cofounder of the online magazine The Morning News. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a book about Paris and being a fish out of water. Baldwin's insights on the latter - (the difficulties with language etc...) are enjoyable and universal. His observations on Parisian life are fresh and incisive. They neither descend into cliche nor over-correct by focusing on the banal. Instead he offers a cast of tightly observed characters from his working and social life in the city. The book frequently prompts a delicious hilarity - especially when Baldwin deploys his trick of translating directly, and without warning, from his poor French back into the actual English. The work made me feel good about Paris and about life in general.
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Baldwin can certainly write engagingly and intelligently. This memoir of his stay in Paris is full of acute observation, endearing characterisation, memorable aphorisms - and hilarious dead pan humour. He is never at a loss for `le bon mot' and is nicely self-aware. I would certainly recommend this book and, if you like it, try his extended essay `Our French Connection', which is from the same vein but Stateside. And Baldwin's first novel `You Lost Me there', which is a constant presence in these pages, is a stimulating and enjoyable read also.
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Really lovely book. Funny, witty and a quick read. makes you feel like you are there. great holiday read definitely recommend
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93483150) out of 5 stars 82 reviews
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937d92dc) out of 5 stars OK snark with a French twist 21 Jun. 2012
By Rushmore - Published on Amazon.com
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What this is: a rather funny, edgy memoir of a guy and his wife who lived in Paris for a while. The guy worked in advertising and wrote a novel. His wife looked for ways to keep busy.

What this is not: the definitive portrait of life in Paris for Americans.

Rosecrans Baldwin is a funny guy with an unusual name, and he gets an opportunity with all kinds of funny possibilities: he is offered a position in an advertising agency in Paris. He is supposed to bring the American viewpoint. People in advertising often have a reputation for being, shall we say, quirky, and Baldwin's co-workers definitely are. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that his first ad campaign is about breastfeeding, so he is surrounded by images of breasts all day long. So OK, the humor is not particularly subtle.

Rosecrans and his wife Rachel build a circle of friends. They go to parties. They eat French food and drink French wine. And after a while they decide they are ready to go back to America - not really a spoiler in view of the title.

It's a funny book, but not laugh-out-loud funny for me. Being of the female persuasion, when I read memoirs by married men I often find myself wishing for more of the wife in the story. Unfortunately for Rachel, she is not as quirky as some of the other people in Rosecrans's orbit. She is not neglected exactly. She has a really beautiful moment in this narrative. But really it's mostly about him.

After a glut of reverent memoirs about buying villas in Tuscany and Provence, this book is a refreshing change.

I do recommend it for anyone who's curious about what it's really like to live in Paris, or just generally to be an expat. It's a well-told story with plenty of funny details.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937d9528) out of 5 stars A Book You'll Really Want to Like 8 Jun. 2012
By Graham Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As someone who is planning on going on a "Big Trip" of my own soon, I was naturally drawn to these sorts of travel books. The unfortunate part of this book is that while it's very well written, it's actually kind of boring. Mr. Baldwin does his best to spice it up with some wit and humour, but even as MOST of the jokes land, you can't help but feel like nothing is really going on. Simply put, this book has no hook. There are no huge moments, no insights that you couldn't get from reading a site on the net or watching an episode of No Reservations. That such a flat story can be told in a way that compels you to finish the book is a testament to Rosencrans Baldwin's ability as an author. His descriptions are well written and suitably flowery for a book about Paris, and the dialog is punchy. I would genuinely love to read something by Mr. Baldwin where something actually happens. As for this book, though, read it for the beautiful descriptions of Paris, but the rest is pretty blah.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937d9768) out of 5 stars AWESOME Book- BUY IT 26 April 2012
By Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book, was real, hilarious and evoked the romance of living in Paris but with the realities of Living in Paris. Even if you have not lived in Paris ( I have for very short stints), you can appreciate the idea of being a foreigner even in a place as friendly and western as Paris.

The author style is fluid and so familiar you will breeze through this book as if he was telling you his story in person.

Best book I have read all year.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937d990c) out of 5 stars Dull and pointless. 19 Jun. 2013
By Dan Mx - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm really not sure what book some of these other people read.

Ok now I know everybody hates a negative review but I abide by honesty in my life and after reading this book
i'm left with alot of negative impressions, which make it impossible to be positive about this book.

First off, I'm not sure I even like the guy. I'm an expat also but I really can't identify with him.
The author obviously has a tremendous ego. I can't get over how he gets this pefect dream job that
allows him to live in Paris and at the same time make several expense paid trips to other cities and
countries of which he barely even seems interested in. Yet he never once implies that he's happy about
the opportunity he has to live in Paris. The whole year he lives there it seems he's more interested in partying
and clubbing then actually exploring the real France. For someone that could only budget one nights dinner out
a month, how could he possibly pay for all the cover charges and drinks at the clubs he went to?

He does not pull off the "Fish out of water" story very well. His writing style just doesnt lend to humour.
He writes very dryly and unemotionally, obviously each little chapter is an expansion on some journal entry he made while living in France. How is he going to write humourously if he never shows any emotions himself?
I would have liked a bit more detail as to what went on at the office. He just snips in and out on a few things
like him mispronouncing a word and his coworkers obscene replies to what he says, and then passes it off as humour.
If he actually showed some embarrassment for what he has mispronounced perhaps that would be funny, but then again his ego.

I noticed he doesn't like other Ex-pats, nor people younger then him. I can understand distancing himself from other Americans in order to immerse oneself into another culture but his year spent in France was not an immersion per se.
He had a wife and his semi french/american life to come home to every day.

He does eems to enjoy France as does his wife but she's unhappy because of the construction going on
around the apartment and instead of getting another one, just continues to live there for a year
while she suffers.

This book just feels like the author took his journal and forced himself to write a book about his year in France
without anything really profound or life changing ever happening. Maybe it could have, but I feel like Rosecrans is
one of these guy's thats been given everything in life by his parents and could never be able to appreciate his good
fortune in actually getting a job in Paris. Pair that with his ego and total lack of emotion and his experience in Paris would obviously be dull.

I bought this book hoping to gain some insight into France and her people. Perhaps I did learn a few small things but other books such as Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light give so much more insight into the city and in such a beautiful poetic way that this book seems like a waste of paper in comparasion.

The whole time that I was reading this book I was asking myself why was it printed? Did Rosecrans have such a huge success with his other books that this one received automatic acceptance?

Anyways, give this one a big miss.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937d97e0) out of 5 stars HILARIOUS and oh so witty! vive la différence!!!! 30 April 2012
By Mark Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I like books about the French that contrast the differences between America and France without overly bashing either county. Hey, we just think differently. It helped that he and his wife moved there while still in their 20s; they were open-minded and adventurous. He's a good writer and that makes this non-fiction read like a story with characters, like Bruno, his oh-so-French co-worker. It made me laugh, and I read it in a day.
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