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Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)

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Part love letter to New York, part love letter to Paris, and total devotion to all things sweet. Paris, My Sweet is a personal and moveable feast that’s a treasure map for anyone who loves fresh cupcakes and fine chocolate, New York and Paris, and life in general. It’s about how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a sliver of cheesecake and about how the life yo ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks, Incorporated (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm having terrible luck with books lately. For every good one I read, I'm stuck wading through five awful ones. Such was the case with this vapid memoir.

After leading a charmed life growing up in a Connecticut beach town, going to school in Boston, living with a boyfriend in San Fransico, and backpacking through New Zealand, ad-copywriter Amy Thompson ends up in New York. She loves her job, her friends, her apartment and her easy life. Because she's spent a semester abroad in Paris, and also g
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Malarie
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was SUCH a let down. I've wanted to go to Paris and love chocolate, so I thought this would be a fun, vicarious read. I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is the most self indulgent, snobby book I have ever read. Really, the biggest existential dilemma you have is whether to stay in Paris or go back to New York? Really? You didn't fill your anti-anxiety prescription because you had other more pressing issues, like packing, to deal with? All that aside, I was lost and confused dur ...more
Reid
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Much like the macarons of which she is so fond, this book is sweet, light, airy, insubstantial and, in the end, not really all that satisfying. It is a very personal memoir that nonetheless doesn't go very deep, by which I mean that Thomas shares some of her conflicts and issues, but at the end of the day we don't understand who she really is any more than when we began. My sneaking suspicion is that she is far from the shallow person this would seem to imply and has chosen to share only so much ...more
Bonnie
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*sigh*… Paris.


And pastries. :)


What could be better?

‘I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while. Here’s what happened when I did.’

On top of tales of wonderful sweets, the author shares her own personal story about finding her way in a foreign place, gaining a new perspective on life
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Cheryl
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Paris My Sweet is Amy Thomas’s memoir of her moving to Paris for a job. Although, it was not just for any job. Amy was offered a job working for famed designer, Louis Vuitton. She wrote ad copies. Thus the journey begins for Ms. Thomas.

I could tell from this book just how much Ms. Thomas really loved (obsessed) over all things sweet. If I had to name a place to visit to indulge your sweet tooth, than Paris would instantly come to my mind. I am jealous of Ms. Thomas getting to call Paris her hom
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Arielle Walker
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
WARNING: do not read this without some chocolate, croissants or cookies close to hand.

Oh my goodness. Every page is filled with descriptions of the most delectable, divine sounding viennoiseries, chocolats et gâteaux (view spoiler) that can possibly be imagined. As if I didn't want to go to France enough already!

There are a few negatives. Being a memoir, the plot-line isn't super exciting - or even existent, really. This is someone's life, and the
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Kathryn
I am such a sucker for books about Paris or France and I definitely have a sweet tooth, so I thought I would love this book. But while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t caught up in a Parisian swirl of ecstasy over it.

I could relate to the author’s sense of displacement (when she was in Paris, she ached for New York, when she was in NY, she yearned for Paris) and enjoyed some of her descriptions of sweet treats and their locales. But this was where it fell down for me - it was a literary sugar overload - I
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Clare
Nov 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
A waste of paper. I thought this would be a food memoir, but it's a early mid-life crisis book with excessive name dropping and very little self analysis. And not a single recipe. A 35 y.o. woman gets to work for Louis Vuitton in Paris and then talks about all the chocolate she eats there while struggling with fertility and eating lots of food and buying luxury items, while still pretending she's 25. (Here's a hint, Amy, all the expensive things you buy will seem a waste once your kid smears pea ...more
Jennifer
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This book made me really, really hungry. If I gain 10 pounds from binging on sweets, it is squarely to blame on this book. I really enjoyed the author's vivid descriptions of Paris, as well as how she tied key phases of her time to specific treats. However, I thought it ended rather abruptly. She went on for several chapters about her internal struggle between Paris and New York, and then the ending is just "and then one day I decided and that was it." Overall a fairly quick and enjoyable read t ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas is a really enchanting memoir, y’all (or is it primarily a travelogue? I don’t know…you tell me. Pin a tail on the genre). The super accessible writing style and charming chocolate addiction of Amy Thomas won me over immediately.

It is really ironic that I decided to pick up a copy of Paris, My Sweet at all. I actually spent three days in Paris a few years ago and was less than impressed. Of course, three days didn’t
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
(I’ve read so many great books about Paris during this wonderful month of Paris in July that I’m a little nervous about mixing up my plots. Paris My Sweet is yet another one.)

Amy Thomas (get ready for the swell of covetousness that is about to overtake you) goes to Paris to write ad copy for Louis Vuitton. That’s an actual job, people. And the job is in Paris.

But if you have read a single moving-and-starting-over book about Paris then you know the sad truth is that even in Paris one has trials.
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Roberta
Aug 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book, the few chapters I read, made my teeth ache, mostly from grinding them in irritation. The writer blathers on like an amped up teenager and seems to have no notion that there is anyone in the world except for her. The book did not seem authentic at all. It seemed like a clever gimmick to attract those who love Paris and dessert that just didn;t deliver. For me, a good book draws me in, shows me something new or something in a way I hadn't seen it before. In this case, you never really ...more
Divya Deepak Rao
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amy Thomas chases after billowy croissants, discovers the best veinnoiseries, indulges in heavily drenched baba au rhums, rhapsodizes about Pain Perdu, debates over Ladurée & Pierre Hermes, surrenders to sinful hot chocolate whilst scarfing down orange madelines & fastidiously crafted gateaux. (Oh Mon dieu!!!) She teaches you a thing or two about Parisian desserts as she takes you on an intrepid beau voyage to boulangeries, patisseries, cupcake boutiques even. A "sweet" romance, with an ...more
Marg
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Last year I very nearly tormented myself due to the strength of my longing, palpable longing, to renew my acquaintance with Paris. I read books, watched movies, participated in blogging events. I am pretty sure I dreamed of Paris. This year, I have managed to back away from that a little bit, which is probably a little more mentally healthy, but I very nearly had a relapse reading this book!

This book is the story of blogger turned author Amy Thomas swapping her fabulous life in New York for fabu
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Sandie
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amy Thomas fell in love with Paris on a trip in her late teens. She dreamed of living there, and after years of work in the advertising field, she was offered a dream job. She could take a contract to work on the advertising of Louis Vuitton, but would have to move to Paris and work there. Amy jumped at the chance as it was her dream come true.

Amy's other passion was quality desserts. She had, as a side interest, created a blog about sweets and where to find the best ones in New York. She dreame
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SOS Aloha
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris. - Thomas Gold Appleton

Amy Thomas treats us to a culinary tour of both New York and Paris as she moves from the former to the latter. Along the way, she exposes us to cultural references from the perspective of a single woman leaving the security of her NY friends to embrace a dream.

I expected a light hearted tour of Parisian bakeries, confectionaries, and even bistros. As I dined on Thomas’ descriptions of macarons, I realized there is more to this bo
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Sabrina
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Yes, I know. This isn't really a romance but it is a love letter to Paris and New York and after my first trip to Paris last Fall I've been fantasizing about going back. I LOVED Paris and tried to soak up every second of time while I was there. So when this book came to my attention I just had to read it and I thought I would share it with you even if it isn't my typical book to review.

Amy Thomas writes in such a way that even though I spent an idyllic week in Paris, I could so easily see the n
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Patty
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a light, frothy memoir about one woman's divided love for two great cities and decided passion for anything sweet. I was expecting it to be a younger woman's tale and was somewhat surprised to find it the story of a woman in her mid-thirties. Maybe I am just old but her seeming so lost at that age did not resonate with me; I had been married for 14 years by this age and well settled into my career although about to get the health shock that would alter my life in unimaginable ways.


The s
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Laurel Wicke
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I am set to chaperone the 7th grade trip to France in just a couple of weeks and downloaded this one to my Kindle to get me in the mood. (My plan is to eat my way through the country, thank you very much.) For this purpose, this book was just the right thing. Amy Thomas' memoir of her two years in Paris writing ad copy for Lois Vitton revolves almost entirely around pastries, chocolate, and baguettes...well, and crepes, and tarts, and cake, and macaroons, and puddings, crumbles, souffles...I mea ...more
Mom
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was a light read, for the most part I enjoyed it. I always considered myself a lover of sweets but this book almost made me swear off sweets for life! I know, I was forewarned by the title but I just couldn't get the full effect until I read it. It was a fun read in part because I felt like I was in Paris with her and I've always wanted to visit there. However, since I don't speak French, I was left in the dark with a lot of detail and meaning to what she was referring. I was surprised ...more
Beth Knight
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
A fun book for when an escape from reality is needed! If you enjoy dessert you just may enjoy this book.
Joan Stroh
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a light summer read and part of the appeal of this book was remembering my time in Paris. It was very charming and gave great sweet shop recommendations to visit if in NYC or Paris
Beverly J.
Mar 06, 2018 marked it as gave-up-on
DNF @ pg 79
Katie K.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
The memoir, Paris My Sweet, written by Amy Thomas is a book that takes a look at Amy’s life as she maneuvers through her new home, Paris, France. Her whole life, Amy has always been intrigued with the city’s people, style, and culture. Then, when she gets offered a job to work for Louis Vuitton in Paris, France, she is ecstatic to have the opportunity. However, throughout her journey, there are some bumps in the road. To name just a few, there is a severe language barrier between her and all tho ...more
Niamh
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Adding to the list of wanderlust style memoirs that I absolutely adore, this book holds a ménage a trois between Amy, New York City and the city of subject, Paris. Amy moved to Paris to work for a luxury fashion brand and whilst there, gets to indulge in her love of sweets, pastry and patisserie. Whilst listening to it made me feel ridiculously hungry, it is less of a memoir about her time in Paris, and more about cake and such. There's little that we actually learn from this memoir, but I enjoy ...more
Kate
Reading this memoir, it’s easy to fall in love with Paris as Amy Thomas sees it. She has a way of describing food not just as the fuel the body needs to survive but rather as something to be savoured and revered.

As a lover of all things sweet and a desire to travel all over the world, at times it felt like this book was speaking directly to me. Amy Thomas, a thirty-five year old career woman who enjoys the single life in New York City gets the opportunity to live in Paris for a year. With the he
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Molly Jean
This book is as light and airy as the French pastries the author writes about. I don't know how anyone could expect it to be anything else. It was a very enjoyable romp through not one, but two great cities, equally famous for their cuisines and ways of life. Although the author is about the same age as Elizabeth Gilbert and is undergoing a certain amount of soul searching, I thought this book was also nearly (and blessedly)completely free of the self indulgent BS and whining so heavily ladled o ...more
Colette
Feb 06, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
I had high hopes for this book because I love all things sweet and have always wanted to go to Paris. (The closest I got was the Charles DeGaulle Airport.) I was able to over look this line: "...but it wasn't long before we became inseparable and I got to learn more key traits from my corn-fed friend from Iowa." Was it necessary to add that bit about corn??? I realize it's a book about food, but still it annoyed me. When I got to this line when she talks about her parents traveling to Europe for ...more
Jasmine Marie {#thebookishmama}
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
WARNING! DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE HUNGRY! Or even remotely craving any kind of sweet... because you will be hungry, so hungry that you will contemplate, "Just how expensive can it be to travel to Paris just to eat?" (The answer to that is: WAY OUT OF MY BUDGET!) Oh, and you probably don't want to read it right before bed either, because you will inevitably crawl out of bed to go digging through your pantry for something sweet and it will (also inevitably) not be satisfying enough because alas, you ...more
Jennifer
May 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
While this is a well written book about a woman who moves from one amazing city (New York)to another (Paris)I have to say I was a little disappointed of the lack of Paris and New York in the book itself.

I sadly do not have a sweet tooth so for me Paris My Sweet was not what I expected. I am fully aware from reading the reviews that for sweet lovers this book is like a bible and brought those readers into a dreamy world filled with all things chocolaty. I sadly just wanted to go to Paris for a bi
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Amy Thomas is the author of Brooklyn In Love: A Delicious Memoir of Food, Family and Finding Yourself, a follow-up to the best-selling Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate).

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, writes about food and travel for publications such as The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, and remains devoted to all things sweet
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“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” 62 likes
“But sometimes you want things just because you think you're supposed to. And sometimes it's the things you never even knew you wanted that give your life the most meaning.” 12 likes
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