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Paris, Baby!

2.73 of 5 stars 2.73  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Is it possible to maintain chic as a single-mom-to-be in a city where it’s all supposed to be effortless and breastfeeding is a horreur? Does one live by the Parisienne’s pregnancy plan of smoking, drinking, and cheese-eating avec vin blanc, but jamais jamais gain more than six kilos? And how to handle a pickup attempt by a married man in the baby department of Bon Marché...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Ciara
i can't believe how unbelievably horrible this book is. it may well be in contention for a prize spot on the top ten worst books i have ever read list. the thought that this woman has written novels in addition to this horrific memoir makes me feel literally dizzy & nauseous.

& it's not even like i picked this up at the library expecting especially wonderful things. it's a memoir about a fashion-obsessed american ex-pat who has a baby in paris. i expected frothy, shallow, lots of referen...more
Everest
Wow, I must say, I'm amazed any publisher would ever publish this book. It's one, giant hot-mess. It's like it was written by some supremely shallow, incredibly judgmental schizophrenic. Ooh-la-la.

The "memoir" (which is really the incredibly disjointed account of a few years) is, at the beginning, primarily written in present tense (who writes a memoir in present tense?!), with random interspersed sentences written in past tense. Then, about a third of the way through the book, she switches to p...more
Jocelyn
Let me just say this, anyone who reads this memoir will love Kirsten Lobe (also known as Kiki). She is delightful as the narrator of her personal journey through life as a pregnant woman in France. The snag in what sounds like a magical fairytale is that Kiki is a single, expectant mom. She is facing this new and somewhat terrifying world alone but she does so with grace, dignity and humor. What I love so much about Kiki is her attitude. She really seems to have adopted the French je ne sais quo...more
Sarah
The author has adopted a rambling, stream of consciousness style of prose to describe her time in Paris, where she describes her transition from being immersed pre child in a superficial sub culture- a sub set of the "the fasion industry" crowd to making the hard decision in her late 30s to go it alone and have a baby in a city where she has few social supports. I thought it had some real insights for any woman making a transition from a career where the currency you trade in is in social networ...more
Shoshanah
I really think that if I was happier reading this book I would have enjoyed it more. I was really hoping to read a happy glamorous story of a single mom, doing it all, while in Paris. Except it's a memoir and it's real life, and real life isn't always a pretty picture.

I was really hoping to read more about Paris in this. Yes, there is quite a bit of it in here, but I never seemed to really get a feel for the city. Also while the start of the book is in Paris, quite a bit of it is actually back i...more
Erin
I always love memoirs. This one, written by a girl (now age 40) who was raised in Lake Geneva, WI (10 miles form where I was raised), and moved to Paris as a young woman (I did, too though not for nearly as long). Gets pregnant without a husband (yep, me too!) in Paris (no spoilers in this review) after having lived there for several years.
I love Paris. I love Wisconsin. I love babies. So does she, so there's reason enough for me to like the book. She used nervous humor on almost every page, fo...more
KikiCanSuckABigOne
WTF? Seriously, I haven't even read this book, but based on the reviews felt compelled to write one because this author has painted such a horrifically barbaric picture of herself. I cannot even bare to believe she is a living human being. Perhaps she wishes people to believe she is a person with will, intelligence and substance, but underneath that facade-- it is clear she is simply a shallow, trite, empty meaningless soul. Perhaps she will never bring herself to reality, but that is her loss....more
Kimberly
It's hard to like a memoir when you don't like the author. The book failed for me on two fronts. One, the writing is poor and haphazard. Two, it was depressing and impossible to reconcile its very premise, longed for mothering, with the author/mother, the quite often hateful, self-absorbed, judgmental, snobbish, superficial Kiki. Granted, I do think she painted a picture of what it was like for a wealthy enough party girl ex-pat to have a baby in Paris. But the picture did not reflect kindly on...more
Cat Chiappa
This book was annoying. I started it because I thought it would be a fun memoir about raising a child abroad, but it wasn't. The author is annoying, I felt her child was rather annoying and the way she described her parenting methods was insufferable. I found it rather interesting that she often took time to yell at others for their parenting methods and yet had a child who would throw tantrums and act in an obnoxious manner. As I always say, when it is your memoir you can write what you want (t...more
Catherine
Gosh, I really wanted to like this book. It had all the right parts - American in Paris, having a baby, deciding whether to stay in Europe or move back to the US. But for the first 2/3 of the book, I just didn't like the author. I found her snobby and condescending and just plain horrible. And had no concern for money whatsoever. I couldn't believe some of the things she actually wrote in the book - so judgemental. I liked the last 2/3 must better, it got to a more deeper side of the author, and...more
J
2.5 stars

I'd give the first half of this book 2 stars and the second half 3 stars. Basically, I enjoyed the part based in Wisconsin much more, perhaps because I couldn't really understand or relate to her life in Paris. She talks a lot of the behavior of French mothers, for example, and doctors, and I'm sure anyone who had lived in Paris would really enjoy these references, but for me, they were only marginally interesting. During the second half, though, I could really relate to and sympathize...more
Kate
Although this book was frothy and silly to the point of being annoying at times, I enjoyed the candor, and I can relate to the feeling of "where in the world do I belong?"
Christa
This was a terrible book that I finished only because some of the circumstances of the book were the same in my life (originally from Wisconsin, having a baby in Paris). Author makes over-simplified comparisons between suburban Wisconsin and urban Paris. Irritatingly obvious.

The writing style was a horrible dumbed-down conversation that I shudder to think of young girls reading. If this is what "chick lit" is, there is a reason to avoid it.
Star
A quick read. I enjoyed it. I think her revelation that when you have a baby, glamour is over, is universal for the non-wealthy. And this book does present a counterargument to those who say the French are better parents. From her American perspective, the French are more self-centered and almost neglectful toward their children, but their redeeming value is that they are much more stylish than us.
Tye
Jul 24, 2012 Tye rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: memoir
I was incredibly excited about this because I love travel and have considered raising my future children abroad. While there were parts of the book I liked, I felt myself disliking KiKi which made attachment to the story difficult. I would give it a shot if I were you. I will probably reread it with fresh eyes to see if my opinion changes and will be reading her other books.
Trudi
I read this book while I was pregnant and it was like having a mini getaway from pregnant life in the states. It's a good, amusing break from all the technical, sometimes scary, pregnancy books.

It was also interesting learning how greatly the cultures differ and refreshing to know that no matter where you are, being pregnant is a one of a kind experience!
Yuana Kelly
Love the book! It was adventurous, gave you insights on what it is like to live in Paris. Also inspiring since the author, Kirsten Lobe, was so brave to be a single mother living overseas. The way she wrote about her son is just beautiful. It is obvious how much she adores him.
Kate
I'm going to throw this in the "Life is too short" pile for the time being. The stream of consciousness sentence fragments were really getting on my nerves. Plus, I never got what I was looking for--a depiction of pregnancy and childbirth in France. Just a lot of whining.
Jeanne
It's rare that I start a book and don't finish it, but Kristen Lobe's entire attitude was grating. Complaining about the cost of living as a single woman in Paris while dressing an infant in fancy clothes makes it difficult to be sympathetic with her plight.
Terri
This book shows the author in a huge transition in her life. It feels as though her change is to radical and not genuine. It keep my attention but the character is rather unlikable
Bianca
Ugh, not even the magical Parisian backdrop could make this self-absorbed author remotely likable. It's ashamed because I LOVE her two fiction novels. Stick to fiction lady.
Polly Vous Francais
A great read! Kirsten Lobe nails la French Attitude while givinggreat tips about giving birth in France. I felt as though I was her BFF in every page.
Katie
It had a few good and interesting parts but Kiki just isn't my kind of person. That made it difficult to really get into the book.
Janice
I enjoyed this humorous account of life with french and as a mom - single mom or not she really nailed it!
Lesley
She is a bit of a snob, but I like her and there were many parts that made me laugh out loud.
Alice
This was a fine book for a day when you want an easy read, but it was not memorable.
Kristen Blondin-piccirillo
hilarious if you have young children. Especially if your alone most of the time!
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Kirsten Lobe is a former fashion designer, and the author of the novels Paris Hangover and French Trysts. She has lived in Tokyo, New York, Paris and Lake Geneva, and is now a citizen of the world."
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