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Paris in Love by Eloisa James
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Jun 24, 2012

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Read from June 23 to 24, 2012

She warns us: This memoir of James' year in Paris is an edited version of Facebook posts and Tweets, interspersed with some "longer" (2-6 page) essays. As a memoir, it is flimsy, organized mostly around the theme of "one year in Paris," although there are some recurring motifs of living with cancer and aging, living life to the fullest, my crazy relatives, raising teenagers is hell, etc. Truthfully, it often feels like a report on what she ate, where she shopped, and how her children are doing in their fancy school. If you're an upper-middle-class woman of a certain age who has had fantasies of chucking it all and moving to Paris, you're the target audience here (especially considering the "where to shop" coda). If you crave a real meaty book about living in the great city, there are better choices.

Honestly, with the format of tiny, disjointed paragraphs, this book is best for fans of Shakespearean scholar Mary Bly or romance writer Eloisa James, or perhaps moms who can only read in 45-second snippets due to the constant interruption of small children -- that is just enough time to complete each little section. James is a good writer, and the prose here is tight and occasionally sparkling, but it's a light, rambling confection without much point. -cg
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