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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,000 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eloisa James Narrator: Eloisa James Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9780449010907
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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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edina | 1/30/2014

    " Food related facebook statuses...set in France. Overall, fairly interesting to imagine the wonders of a faraway often romantically portrayed country but lacking any real story or focus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/25/2014

    " Like a glass of champagne this lovely and wonderful book filled me with happiness (and envy-who wouldn't want to live in Paris for a year). I enjoyed everything about this book - it was a quick read, it was quirky and funny, it made me want to jump on a plane and go to Paris, and I loved learning so much about Paris. Definitely one I shall read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 1/22/2014

    " Paris in Love will be enjoyable reading for those, like me, who only dream of doing what James did--living in Paris. The book was perfect to pick up and read in small bites. Mostly a collection of Facebook posts, her funny, touching, and honest insights into daily life experiences in Paris could be read in a moment or savored for much longer. In her introduction, Eloisa James comments, "Those days were organized not around to-do lists and book deadlines but around walks in the park and visits to the fishmonger...I relaxed into a life free of both students and committee work; laziness ceased to be a frightening word. I never did learn how to live in the moment, but I did learn that moments could be wasted and the world would continue to spin on its axis. It was a glorious lesson." (And one many of us also need to learn.) Getting a glimpse into those moments made me smile and made me anxious to return to my favorite city where we can "waste moments" just strolling, watching people, and enjoying the experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbi | 1/21/2014

    " Yet another memoir of a family moving to Paris and adjusting to the quirks and joys of living in the City of Light. What can I say? I enjoyed it, but of course, it is about the most beautiful city in the world. I experienced Paris envy, as I would love to live there. So I enjoyed the boulangerie and the patisserrie through the eyes of another. Il me manque. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/11/2014

    " I've read several of Eloisa James's romance novels and enjoyed them, so looked forward to this look at the year she spent in Paris with her family. And this book didn't disappoint. Put together from Facebook postings done while she was there along with biographical introductions to many of the chapters, it's a look at their life in Paris, the good and the bad. Reflective, amusing, delightful. And she added to my list of things to do in Paris! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 1/2/2014

    " A relaxing, happy, lovely read. (A bit of sadness at the beginning.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/2/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was definitely sad to see it end. However, the end part was beautifully written and one can only hope to share the same experience with their family. One can only hope to go anywhere and enjoy their family as much. A definite reccommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonica | 12/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book about a women who takes a sabbatical with her family in Paris for a year. Its told as snippets of Facebook updates interspersed with short essays. Very funny and well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 12/16/2013

    " I alternated between being annoyed by this book, and being charmed. Annoyed by the obsession with all kinds of chic stuff, and charmed by Paris and the author's feisty young daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/11/2013

    " really a delightful book, funny and touching and charming "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 12/8/2013

    " Warm and wonderful memories. Ms James has outdone herself again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 7/9/2013

    " It was a surprisingly slow read, for something that really is just a series of twitter updates with a few longer stories. No cohesive narrative, but it was sweet to read and great on the subway - but no real motivation to read it outside of the subway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 5/12/2013

    " I grew weary of the short FB status paragraphs. I liked the longer essays. I skimmed through the end, but really gave up about 60 pages in and am moving on to other books. If I wanted to read FB stati, I'd read FB. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/14/2013

    " Quick read, loved the nostalgic descriptions (especially of food) but the self-absorbed shop-aholic nature started to get to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Bataoel | 2/2/2013

    " A wonderful quick read that brought me back to my Paris visit many springs ago... Secretly wishing I had an Italian-born husband and could live in Paris for a year!! Cannot wait to go back and visit some of her favorite museums and cafe's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tash Dahling | 11/25/2012

    " A sweet and interesting easy memoir by an author I've never heard of. One day Paris. One day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Bright | 8/18/2012

    " Collection of posts while living in Paris by one of my fav romance authors. I enjoyed following her blog because I'm such a huge fan of her books, and PARIS IN LOVE is just wonderful fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendydobres | 5/9/2012

    " I loved loved loved this book! "

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About the Author
Author Eloisa James

Eloisa James, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, wrote her first novel after graduating from Harvard, but alas, it was rejected by every possible publisher. After she got an MPhil from Oxford, a PhD from Yale, and a job as a Shakespeare professor, she tried again, with much greater success. In 2013 she won a RITA Award for Best Romance Novella. She teaches Shakespeare in the English department at Fordham University in New York. She is the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.