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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Gopnik Narrator: Adam Gopnik Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafes, breathtaking facades around every corner—in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been Americans.

In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. For Gopnik this was above all a personal pilgrimage to the undisputed capital of everything cultural and beautiful. So, in the grand tradition of the American abroad, Gopnik walked the paths of the Tuileries, enjoyed philosophical discussions at his local bistro, and wrote as violet twilight fell on the arrondissements.

Yet, at the end of the day, there was still the matter of raising a child and carrying on with the day-to-day, not-so-fabled life. As Gopnik describes, the dual processes of navigating a foreign city and becoming a parent are not completely dissimilar journeys—both hold new routines, new languages, a new set of rules by which everyday life is lived. Weaving the magical with the mundane, he offers a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth century.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/9/2014

    " I had to read this a few times for some French classes. It's a great memoir/commentary on living life while experiencing another culture. Short chapters read like short stories so you can skip around and read, or not read, the whole book at your leisure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew Zucker | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent, finely wrought essays on Americans in Paris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca Vandiver | 1/30/2014

    " Enjoyable read from the New Yorker author Adam Gopnik. If you are a francophile or love Paris you will enjoy this book about the idiosyncracies of french culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/13/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. I'm not sure if it was just me, but I really didn't enjoy it. Too many political ramblings. "

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About the Author
Author Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik has been writing for the New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995 to 2000, Gopnik lived in Paris, where the newspaper Le Monde praised his “witty and Voltairean picture of French life.” He now lives in New York with his wife and their children.