Parisian Dreams


Paris in Love by Eloisa James

Eloisa James’s memoir of a year spent in Paris (with a few jaunts through Italy) beckoned from the library’s NYT Bestsellers display until I could stand it no more and just had to take it home… never mind the giant stack haunting me from the corner of my room, this book had to be read. Though I am not much of a memoir reader, I loved the idea behind this one–a memoir told through a collection of tweets, FB posts, and short essays. Bite-sized vignettes filled with Parisian details and slice-of-life encounters. It was the perfect escape during a stressful week. Amusing, funny, inspiring, and moving scenes result in a narrative that often made me forget I was reading non-fiction. Several laugh out loud moments (like when James mentions that a group of boys who were play-fighting with baguettes were pretending these were giant penises) even earned me funny looks from students as I read during my lunch break 😀 .

I also learned a few things about myself while reading…

Life Lessons I Learned While Reading Paris In Love:

  • I need to learn to make risotto. Especially as the boy has mentioned it more than once while watching MasterChef.
  • Parisian women have the best sense of style. I can only hope to emulate this.
  • I used to adore fancy underwear, when did I start to rely on plain cotton and satin? I need some lace!
  • The “Lemon Barley Chicken Soup” on page 136 must be made soon!
  • The boy and I also have trouble seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to money matters, but maybe we can make this work with time and patience.
  • I must one day see Paris as the French see it ❤

I have also just discovered that Eloisa James will be at the Miami Book Fair International… I must find a way to be there!