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Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
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Jan 27, 2009

it was amazing

I love this book! Gopnik moved to France with his family in 1995 and stayed until 2000, writing about his experiences for the New Yorker. The book is an extension of those essays. Anyone who loves both France and America, or who is going to visit France for the first time will benefit from Gopnik's ability to make fun of and love America and France at the same time.

While I would recommend it to all, I think it is particularly essential read for any American who is going to France and has a dubious or negative opinion of the French or has been to France and had their trip ruined by a strike or the inability to get the attention of most waiters. It might not make you love France, but at least you will get some idea of how so many of us can despite the French reputation. And for those of us who already love the country, it shows us how we can do so yet still remains so irrevocably American.
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Linda Based on a friend's recommendation, i insisted that my book club read this. They hated it. One of them said it was like How I Spent My Vacation for Five Years. Tedious. I loved "The Rookie" and the final chapter, and didn't hate it nearly as much as the rest of them.


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