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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. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, 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 Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina 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.
Praise for Paris In Love
“While the children struggled then triumphed in school and with new friends, the dog grew fatter, and Alessandro advised his French conversation partner in affairs of the heart, James 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. . . . [An] effervescent diary.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"What a beautiful and delightful tasting menu of a book: the kids, the plump little dog, the Italian husband. Reading this memoir was like wandering through a Parisian patisserie in a dream. I absolutely loved it."—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
"Paris In Love is a witty and delicious memoir, as irresistibly charming as Paris itself. As Eloisa James describes her family's year-long adventure abroad, her prose shines with her usual romantic flair. But there is also tenderness, and wonder, and the generously imparted wisdom of a woman who takes nothing for granted. When you read this endearing treasure trove of bons mots, it's almost as good as being there yourself." —Lisa Kleypas, author of Rainshadow Road
"Mais, Oui! I’m a sucker for travel narratives--I’ve lost count of how many I’ve devoured over the years--Paris In Love is the best I’ve read since Under the Tuscan Sun. James’s gift for language and narrative lets us see what she sees, taste what she tastes (but without the weight gain), and share her funny, touching, always entertaining experiences as she and her family adjust to living in the City of Light. This is a book to be savored, right along with a tart au citron and a glass of pink champagne. Just pretend your favorite reading chair is at a café table along the rue de Rivoli and enjoy. Marveilleux!"—Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of Call Me Irresistible
"Eloisa James has written a true romance! By moving to Paris with her cool husband and their two unruly kids for a year, she made her fantasies real—and she's written a book that reads like a dream come true."—Christina Dodd, author of Revenge at Bella Terra