Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Paris in Love

'Paris in Love'
Author: Eloisa James

Format: ARC
Published: Random House; April 2012
Pages: 272
Genre: Memoir
Grade: A
Source: Publisher

Synopsis: 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.

My Take: I don't know what it is about books with people up and moving to Paris but they seem to captivate the imagination. I didn't even particularly like Paris that much when I went to visit in high school. Don't get me wrong, I loved the countryside of France, but Paris, eh. I know, people will probably start sending me hate mail now. However, I love it when people throw caution to the wind and move somewhere in a foreign country. It's so inspiring!

Eloisa James did just that for just one year with her family and captures it all in her memoir Paris in Love. When the book opens, James has had cancer and survived and felt that it should have been more earth shattering. Something needed to be done to mark the occasion of her survival. Life just couldn't go on as normal. I could totally relate. When something MAJOR happens in your life and then everything just goes back to just the way it always was life just seems off balance. So her and her husband took a one year sabbatical from their jobs, sold their house, and packed up their two teenage kids (only to enroll them in school in Paris) and moved to Paris for a year. I loved it!

What I also enjoyed about this memoir was the style in which it was written. It takes a bit to get used to but once you do you can fly through it. Most of the book is written in one or two paragraph 'thoughts' so you can start and stop the book with ease. I LOVED this! Being on vacation and then on the plane it made it immensely readable. 

Additionally, her family was lovely and funny. If you don't find yourself smiling and nodding your head through this book then their just might be something wrong with you. Naturally, as teenagers, her children hate the move and can't appreciate it for the opportunity it is at first. Also, her descriptions of the city and their adventures in it and around Europe as a family are a delight.

I can highly recommend this book to anyone looking for their next great armchair vacation read!

Cover Lust: It's a nice subdued cover, befitting the easy going writing style contained within.


  1. I really enjoyed this one. Loved the short entries and how they connected to tell the story of a wonderful year in Paris for the author and her family.

  2. I'm excited to crack this one up -- especially after just finishing Amy Thomas' Paris, My Sweet! I've never been to France but am dying to hop a plane and see it all. My boyfriend has always cautioned that Paris, while worth visiting, isn't as spectacular as he expected... and that he liked the countryside better. Until I get there myself, I'll have to travel through books like this one!

  3. Crack this one *open, I should have said. Helps if I re-read what I've clumsily typed!

  4. I love the sound of this book! I also really love reading travel memoirs so this one sounds like something I would really enjoy. You found some great books to read on your honeymoon! I always end up bringing a ton of books on trips and never having any time to read any of them.

  5. I loved this one too. I really appreciated James' honesty - she didn't make her family sound perfect.

  6. What an adventure - both a scary and exciting (especially with kids!). Nice review.

  7. I've been wanting to read this one. I loved Paris when we went a few years ago.


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