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Paris in Love

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,442 Ratings  ·  1,269 Reviews
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 law
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Random House (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 01, 2012 Greg rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who want a light read about fantasy life in Paris
Nicely written, but kind of shallow. I'm not making a personal comment here (I ain't no troll!) I mean the writing is shallow. See, infinitely better.

The structure of the book is interesting, and I mean that in the most ambiguous way possible. Paris in Love began as a series of Facebook and twitter posts, and that is exactly how it reads. Each story is an abbreviated detail or an abbreviated moment. I wouldn't call them short stories, or essays, or vignettes; they're anecdotes. Here's something
Jennifer S. Brown
Jul 17, 2012 Jennifer S. Brown rated it it was amazing
Even though I chose this book, I knew going into it I wouldn't like it. It's written by a romance writer (I don't read romance), takes place after the writer has had cancer (another one of those books), is another smug memoir about an exotic year in Paris, and is compiled from Facebook and Twitter posts, punctuated with slightly longer essays at the beginning of each chapter.

So you can imagine my surprise when 1) I didn't want to book to end and 2) I decided I'd like Eloisa James to be my new be
Apr 19, 2012 Bookish rated it it was amazing
Confession: I have a secret fantasy of running away to live in Paris. So is it any wonder that with spring unfolding, making me restless for an adventure, I devoured Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James as if it were a gorgeous box of Laduree pastries?

And yes, it is the same Eloisa James, the famous author of romances. If anyone could even imagine selling one's possessions and uprooting one's family to live in Paris for a year, not to mention having the guts to actually do it - I would think
I remember when a friend of ours recommended comedian Steven Wright to my husband, and for a while this Steven Wright tape was playing in my house (tape -- how I date myself!). I don't remember a lot of specific lines, but it kind of went like this:

2-5 line anecdote
Punch line
Pause (which my mind would fill in with an imaginary drum/cymbals clash letting you know you just heard the punch line)

Next anecdote
And so on.

That's exactly what listening to this memoir was like.

My kid hates Paris.
Except fo
Sep 06, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I loved this! Not because I adore Paris (I do), but because it made me feel happy when reading it. I think it could have been a memoir about the author living just about anywhere, and I would have liked it just as well.

It's a great book to read when you only have little bits of time here and there. The one drawback I can think of was that there were times I wanted her to continue on with a certain part in the story, instead of the short paragraph we got. I was very sad when it came to an end, b
Nathalie S
Aug 27, 2012 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing
I read this book in just a few days, the last one memorably while lounging on my bed for several hours, refreshing myself with homemade French-inspired little chocolate rolls feeling extremely decadent but wonderfully justified. After all, I haven't been on a vacation this year and is not likely to go either. So this was my intellectual farniente and blessed it was. Romance author Eloisa James (no, I've never read any of her books but I might read one just for kicks) spent a year in Paris with h ...more
Penny Watson
May 03, 2012 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Paris in Love by Eloisa James

It's not often that I splurge on a Kindle book over $10. And this one was $12.99. It is an extremely rare occurrence. But word-on-the-street was that this book was fabulous. And so I splurged. With just the slightest of guilty pangs as I pushed the one-click button at Amazon.

When I started to read it, and I realized that it was Facebook status updates strung together, I was pissed! (Just ask Julia Barrett, who was my roommate in Salem). "What is this!" I co
Krista D
Jul 23, 2012 Krista D rated it liked it
I don't think the book cover gives a very accurate description of what this book is about. The Introduction, which you can read on Amazon gives a much better description. Eloisa was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 weeks after losing her mother to cancer. This scare was the main motivator for the move to Paris. The book cover kinda implies that Eloisa and her family randomly decided to move to Paris just to write about their life there.

This is a collection of Facebook posts and tweets that Eloisa
Dale Pearl
Jul 21, 2013 Dale Pearl rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, memoir, y2013-july
Not sure what I was expecting with this book but whatever it was I didn't get it. This isn't really a book or memoir at all, rather, this is a copy and paste from her facebook blog over a year of living in Paris. For a Shakespeare professor I was expecting some sort of grand adventure.
Not that at all unless you are moved to tears over the butcher giving the lady extra sausages at discount because he is infatuated with her.

Not sure why I am giving it a 2 star as this one is one of the least retur
Nov 09, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, paris, 2014
Utterly charmed by this memoir by bestselling romance author Eloisa James. Perhaps it's because I spent some time in Paris with my own family this summer, and my oldest is the same age as her daughter, whatever the case...I adored every bit of this. Written at times like extended (fantastically-worded) Facebook updates, other times in more of an essay type format, this is heartwarming and honest and true. Her observations not only of Paris but her children (applicable in any city) were brilliant ...more
Olga Godim
Jan 27, 2013 Olga Godim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A shortened version of this review was originally published at StoryCircleBookReviews:

There are many memoirs of Paris, but this one is unusual. Written by a bestselling writer of romance novels, it’s simultaneously lyrical, cheeky, and utterly matter-of-fact. Although I don’t like the author’s Regency romances, I thought it was fitting that a romance writer should write a modern memoir about the most romantic of cities – Paris. I wasn’t disappointed: I fel
I had such a fun time reading this book that I wished it went on forever…

I have no idea Eloisa James was a famous writer before I read the book. Evidently she is a wildly famous historical romance author and an English professor in a University. However, I’m glad that I didn’t know her before I read the book, since I felt like reading the journal entries of a dear friend or the advice giving by another Mother friend with children of the same age. There is no way I could have the same experience
Aug 02, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it
I hate giving up on a book. Hate it. For a long while, I refused to let myself do it. But at some point I realized that there are just too many good books out there to spend my time slogging through something I don't like. That being said, it's still pretty rare for me to put down a book unfinished.

Unfortunately, that's what happened with this one. I gave it the old college try, but at 130 pages in, I finally put it down. I really don't like it when authors use gimmicks in their books. To me, if
Apr 04, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
I was initially a little miffed that the book seemed to be re-purposed facebook posts. My miff vanished almost immediately. This was funny, entertaining, beautiful, and had many wonderful stories woven throughout. I read many passages aloud to my significant other because they were laugh-out-loud funny. I can't wait to re-read this book. Today in the after-glow of finishing it, I feel happier and more uplifted about my own life having read her wonderful experiences of the year in Paris.

Eloisa J
Oct 31, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
This book is like a journal of sorts, and I have always enjoyed reading stories like these. I am not sure when I will get to Paris, but at least now I can read about it via Mary Bly's perspective, or should I say Eloisa James since that is the name she writes under.

I enjoyed reading about her getting her son Luca to go to tennis camp, and to get off the computer so he could pass ninth grade. It was also touching reading about how her daughter Anna was enemies with a student, but how this changed
Eloisa James and her husband took sabbatical leaves from their university jobs, and moved to Paris for a year. Since her husband is Italian, their two children were fortunate to speak both English and Italian fluently, and they were enrolled in an Italian school in Paris. During the year, Eloisa wrote regular Facebook posts about their experiences in Paris. She used these revised posts, along with some longer pieces, to create this very personal look at Paris.

Eloisa was not the type of person to
Mar 08, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
This may be the best travel book I have ever read. It took me a few pages to get into the short bites format, but once I got used to that I actually came to love it. This is the kind of book that makes we want to travel, but also causes me to wish I could write. To convey in these little windows of time the attitudes of Paris, Italy, the author herself and her family is a delicious sort of magic.
Jul 20, 2015 Froggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2015
This one is more like blog posts than a book. Better read in intervals than long stretches. Eloisa James has such a way to tell stories that even mundane things sound interesting. Not to say what's in the book isn't though. I just love her writing.
Dec 12, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Terrific book, light-hearted, with moments of seriousness, and a real celebration of Paris, her family, food, and shopping. Highly recommended. Favorite quotes: "People kiss all the time here: romantically, sadly, sweetly, passionately; in greeting and farewell. They kiss on the banks of the Seine, under bridges, on street corners, in the Metro. I hadn't realized that Anna had noticed until yesterday, when I suggested perhaps a single-mother situation in her classroom could be explained by divor ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Pam rated it it was amazing
I loved every single thing about Paris in Love by Eloisa James.

When Eloisa James's mother dies of cancer in 2007 and then two weeks she herself is diagnosed with the same cancer, she was sure she knew what would happen next:

"I immediately started anticipating the epiphany when I would be struck by the acute beauty of life. I would see joy in my children's eyes (rather than start rebellion), eschew caffeine, and simply be, preferably while doing yoga in front a sunset."

When all of that didn't hap
A.J. Hartley
Apr 05, 2012 A.J. Hartley rated it it was amazing
Paris in Love: A Memoir, by Eloisa James

Memoirs are curious creatures. They blur the lines between public and private, staging the minute, personal, even intimate, against the familiar backdrop of larger historical moments, cultures and places. Striking a balance between the two is no small feat, but trickier still is taking the seemingly arbitrary minutiae of life, holding them up to the light so we see their worth, their beauty, while suggesting larger thematic continuities: purpose and meanin
Nancy Narma
May 29, 2012 Nancy Narma rated it liked it
“I’m Not in Love with “Paris in Love”

After Eloisa James had suffered the loss of her Mother to cancer, she was diagnosed with the horrific disease herself. Following a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, she came to the realization that she should live everyday to the fullest. It was with this awakening, that, among other gutsy undertakings, she starts planning and then executing a year of living in Paris, France with her family. This change of lifestyle included the sale of their home and, u
Apr 25, 2012 Lisarenee rated it really liked it
Cancer, when it rears its ugly head at you or a loved one, shows no mercy. If you're lucky, you can catch it in time and banish it. It is an indiscriminate killer and it can seemingly strike anyone at random. When a person is faced with this disease they can choose to fight or succumb. Luckily, Ms. James caught her cancer in time and fought and won her battle. Her mother however, was not so lucky. Two weeks before her own diagnosis, Eloisa's mother had lost her battle with cancer and passed away ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Marigold rated it really liked it
Never read any of her fiction. Happened to see this on a table at Powell's & thought it sounded perfect for an upcoming train journey my husband & I were taking - on a train, you want something fun & not too demanding to read. Also, I have a secret fantasy of wanting to run away & live in Paris - which I probably wouldn't like, even if I could afford to live there! So it remains in the realm of fun fantasy.
The book fit my needs on all counts. It was fun and undemanding. It laste
Rose Ann
Apr 26, 2012 Rose Ann rated it it was amazing
Chosen to participate in @atrandom EarlyBirdRead on Twitter.

I absolutely loved this memoir.
I have never read any of her romance novels though.
The author is so entertaining, funny, witty. I felt like I was looking at snapshots of her life through a photo album/journal.
It is written in small snippets, and occasionally a short essay here and there.

I made notes throughout the book of favorite stories, etc...but had to stop, because I could have quoted the entire thing!

Such a charming memoir. Truly
Apr 12, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
This book is really funny in places and I wasn't expecting that. I was expecting the descriptions of food, of jaunts to tres Parisian parks and museums, of meditating on French style but not the humor. It's not deliberately funny - it's funny only in the way that a mother reflecting on her half-Italian ten-year-old's dramatic recounting of a playground spat or that her teacher mocked her (I laughed myself silly when "Papa Bear" when off to defend "Baby Bear" but come to find out Baby Bear might ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful book! I picked it up because like many Americans, I have a fascination with Paris, and since I have never been, reading this book was like living vicariously through the author. The format of the book is a bit strange, but it works really well. Each chapter begins with a short essay, and then the rest of the chapter are bits and pieces of Mrs. James's musings. It's basically her expanded twitter entries. The book talks a lot about food (which I love to cook, read about, and ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Virginia rated it liked it
It's easy to dismiss a book such as this because, as the author notes, this was a compilation of many of James's Facebook and Twitter updates. I mean, really. That's a book now? But what you have to remember is, James is an excellent writer (both as Mary Bly and as Eloisa James) and is a professor of Shakespeare. So, even her off-the-cuff blatherings are a cut above the rest. After all, I don't have people clamoring for a compilation of my Facebook blatherings. (Although they should!)

Anyhow, I w
Jun 13, 2013 Leanna rated it really liked it
I am in love with Paris. I spent one magical fall there as an intern and have visited the city multiple times. Just thinking about Paris makes my heart flutter with excitement. So how could I resist picking up Eloisa James’s memoir Paris in Love?

James describes the Paris I love. Her book lacks the pretension that seems to ooze from other Paris memoirs I have recently read. She shares facebook status updates and ordinary experiences from her daily life. She brings to life the sites, the sounds, t
Jun 05, 2014 Zoe rated it it was amazing
This book of essays and short snippets is not just about France. It's about observation skills, living in the moment, being able to laugh at your kids, your husband, and yourself.

That said, James has some very keen observation skills, and her writing prowess (she has a talent for metaphor that is smart, witty, and occasionally beautiful) bring the city to life in a way that only someone who loves Paris can really appreciate. She details a few restaurants and museums, sure, but she understands t
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more
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