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Paris: A Love Story

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,450 Ratings  ·  508 Reviews
This is a memoir for anyone who has ever fallen in love in Paris, or with Paris. Paris: A Love Story is for anyone who has ever had their heart broken or their life upended.

In this remarkably honest and candid memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Simon & Schuster
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-12
I kept thinking this was called Kati: Why Does Anyone Like Me? or Kati: Why Do Men Keep Falling at My Feet? Surrounding her adult life story with the various happy and interesting times spent in Paris was the only thing that kept me reading this book. I truly did enjoy reading about her time as a student at the Sorbonne and the many wonderful French meals she shared with her various lovers/husbands. But it was the uneven sharing of her relationships that turned me off. She was married young to s ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The title, the jacket blurbs, even the cover photo led me to believe it was just the book to read right now. Sadly, after struggling through the first half, I had to force myself to finish just to make sure I had not missed the point somehow. Yes, Marton is a lovely and accomplished writer- her descriptions are often lyrical and her love for Paris, her children and both Peter Jennings & Richard Holbrooke is often palpable. She has led an amazingly bl ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Kati Marton is as interesting a writer as she is a person, and this exceptionally frank and revealing memoir captures both aspects of her being. She begins with the last days of Richard Holbrooke, then traces through the highs and lows of her two marriages, to Holbrooke and, before that, to Peter Jennings. This is a woman who was married to two exceptional men, who had a brilliant journalistic career of her own, and who has become an exceptional writer, beginning with her poignant and dramatic b ...more
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
I'm so disappointed. I waited for this book for weeks and I was so happy when it came in to the library.

I was expecting a well-written and loving account of life in Paris. What did I get? It's a very slight, self-absorbed account of a woman who comes off as smug and superficial. She was a foreign correspondent in interesting times, she was married to two fascinating and very different men, she travelled the world. None of that really shines through. The book is disjointed and seems like she toss
Kimberly Shadwick
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book so I gave it a fair rating.
The book is very well written. Kati Marton is a famous journalist who knows how to write.
I was expecting a wonderful book about Paris & a love letter to her deceased husband. That wasn't what I found.
I saw Ms. Marton interviewed on a few television shows about this book. She described it as a love letter to her deceased husband and Paris. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this book.
I settled down in my quiet be
Barbara A.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir-biography
I wish I could say I enjoyed this memoir more. Sadly this is not terribly compelling stuff. The book quickly devolves into tedious and superficial recitations of people places and things. More importantly there was very little evidence of introspection. Marton's publisher went to press too soon. Her reputation as a fine journalist and biographer is not well served by this work which reads like an extended article in "O" Magazine. A missed oppportinity.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Kati Morton's story of her life at a time of loss, and of love on her journey of life. I recommend first reading her book, Enemies Of The People: My Family's Journey to America. I've always admired Richard Holbrooke & quite liked Peter Jennings but did not know until recently that they've both been married to Kati Morton. Her book is well written & precise. The story of her family is inspiring of strength & resilience & love. I love Paris too & used to live ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I had very little idea who this person was. The title caught my eye, and loving all things Paris I grabbed it. Divorced from Peter Jennings and widow of Richard Holbrooke, this is her memoir. An accomplished reporter and writer in her own right, this details her personal relationships with her lovers, husbands, children, family and chronicles her news and writing careers. What a piece of work this chick is! But I would love to know her. Wouldn't want to be married to her. If you are looking for ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Some keywords: love, death, starting from the bottom, getting to the top, passion and fine skill for writing, taking part in the history of the world, actual, highest class society, humanity, honesty, re-discovering yourself and your roots.

And of course, Paris.
A more elaborated review will follow shortly.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: political junkies
I won this memoir on Goodreads. I entered the drawing based upon the statements made that the book was for anyone who loves Paris, or has fallen in love in Paris. Like other readers I was not familiar with Ms. Marton, but after reading the book, I feel like I SHOULD have known her and should have known her husbands and their fabulous contributions to life as we know it. I will agree that Peter Jennings was a great news man (but apparently not such a great man), and that Richard Holbrooke did mak ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
My reaction is mixed to this book that's described as a memoir, raising unfortunate expectations in me as a reader that might be better fulfilled by her PREVIOUS memoir: ENEMIES OF THE STATE (though til I read that, I cannot know whether my suspicions will prove true or not, or whether I would then read this book differently.)

This book seems to have been written relatively soon after Kati Marton's beloved husband Richard Holbrooke died suddenly; consequently, the author seems influenced, I th
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5. Kati Marton is the widow of diplomat Richard Holbrooke. Prior to this memoir, she had been an ABC foreign correspondent and then the author of 7 books. This memoir is based on the journals she kept during the year following her husband's death.
I was drawn to her accounts of Paris the city and how her relationship with it shaped her life. She contrasts her two marriages- her first husband discouraged her career ambitions whereas her second husband loved her for who she was. The city where t
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This autobiography was a good read. Kati Marton, who fled her homeland, Hungary with her journalist parents, went on to live a globe trotting life as a journalist and author herself. She fell in love with the well known (well, really superstar) journalist, Peter Jennings to whom she was married for 15 years and had two children. When her often tumultuous marriage ended, she was courted by and then married diplomat Richard Holbrooke with whom she spent some of her most satisfying years until his ...more
Doriana Bisegna
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was surprisingly swept away by this memoir by Kati Morton. Who would have ever thunk it! I, purposely didn't read the back cover because I wanted it to be a surprise and a surprise it was! I had no idea that I would be reading about a woman who was a foreign correspondent in Bonn Germany, where she met and fell in love with a very famous news anchor (I won't spoil it here, for you) and about her life amongst the powerful and famous in the U.S. and the world. Kati Morton was reporting during th ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow I loved this book. Kati Marton is continuing to live such an interesting life in Hungary, Paris, New York, and all points in between. Among her three marriages were two to fascinating, world-famous figures, news correspondent Peter Jennings and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, she more than held her own by being one of the first women foreign correspondents and then author of over a dozen books.

But I found her tales of love, romance, raising children and eventual widowhood the most compelling p
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kati Marton has had a life-long love for Paris. She studied there in 1968 when she was in college. She served as an ABC correspondent in Europe and met Peter Jennings in Paris during their affair before they married and had two children. She bought a pied-a-terra in Paris with her husband, Richard Holbrooke, after their marriage. Marton describes her marriages to these two enorously complex, and sometimes difficult, men and it was to Paris that she retreated after the sudden death of Holbrooke. ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Poorly written and tedious book, devoid of emotion, humor or personality. I only read it through the end because Kati had been with 2 very interesting men, and I wanted to find out what was so special about her to attract these 2 incredibly powerful charismatic men. I found her utterly self absorbed and selfish. She talks about Richard Holbrooke being the great love of her life, and then she goes and cheats on him! What???? The whole book seems to be a puff piece about her great career, fabulous ...more
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Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One woman, two men, three eras, and one magical city: a memoirist's dream! Onto this dazzling but well-trod stage strides the fearless Kati Marton, whose Paris: A Love Story is an exciting and elegant paean to the city that is ever at the heart of her high-pressure life as a successful public woman married to two very successful public men.

"Why did no one tell me that we have love on loan?" an inconsolable Marton cries, early in her memoir, as she mourns the sudden death of her adored second hus
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Let me just say that I am an absolute sucker for books about Paris-history, memoirs, novels, it doesn't matter. So when I was excited to read this book after finding it at a bookstore. Once I started it, I remember reading an excerpt in an issue of Vogue. The book started off okay but I found myself disliking Kati more and more as I read on. By the end of the book, I wanted to throw the book against the wall and was cursing myself for actually paying money for it.

At the beginning as she describe
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book because back in the late '70s, I frequently 'bumped into' Kati in Washington DC. My friends at the time were mostly young journalists, and a good friend was at ABC with Peter Jennings. Kati along with Diane Sawyer were among the intelligent, beautiful and charming women (a bit older than myself), who were also making their way as journalists, then very much still a man's world. The intelligence and charisma of these two women was very real, and they were almost always escorted b ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The book started slowly and it was initially disjointed but gradually picked up pace. book is strewn with famous people's names all the people Kati and her husbands came in contact with during their careers. The The latter part of the book was very good. She begins the book with the death of her husband Mr. Richard Holbrook and then takes her listeners (I listened to the audiobook) through the important phases in her life. Kati remembers her childhood in Budapest when her sister and she are sepa ...more
Hana Howard
This was a fascinating book to read because it takes you behind the scenes of newsmakers from the 1960s’ to current times. Kati Marton is an award-winning journalist and distinguished author. Although the book centers on her emotional life, with two of her famous husbands, Peter Jennings and diplomat Richard Holbrooke it gives us Paris through her eyes as student, a journalist, a mother, a dignitary, and as a woman in love.

Kati Marton studied there in 1968 when she was in college. She served as
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bio-memoir
I picked up Paris A Love Story from the library shelves because I will pick up any book that has Paris in the title. I quickly learned who author Kati Marton is simply because she was married to two very well-known men of this generation - news anchor Peter Jennings and American diplomat and ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Her memoir revolves around her relationships with both of these men, and life in Paris is woven throughout. Born in Hungary, fleeing with her family to the United States followi ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kati Marton takes us back to Paris in her memoir. Married to news anchor Peter Jennings and then to US ambassador Richard Holbrooke...her journey with these two men evolved in Paris.
What was so close to my heart were Marton's descriptions of the same places I spent so much time myself. The Rue des Ecoles...where she had a tiny apartment and I stayed frequently at the Hotel California. Walks to Rue Monge, Luxembourg Gardens (one of my favorite places to relax and sit to watch the world go by), d
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-won
"Paris: A Love Story" by Kati Marton richly flows from Kati's cathartic exercise to begin another turn in her life journey. Passion for life breaks through in the brief look into a disrupted childhood, as a student in Paris, as an aggressive journalist, as a wife of an esteemed broadcaster, and culminating as the wife of a highly visible diplomat. While the grief still feels raw, and she admits, that grief does not have an end point, Kati's memoir remains focused on passion and walks the reader ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book in its entirety on a flight from SF to NYC. While the author's voice slightly irritated me, I found the book compelling. It is always interesting to get a peek into the lives of others and this woman has led a fascinating life of both privilege and danger. Married to both Peter Jennings and Richard Holbrooke, Kati Marton seems to be a quite exceptional woman. Probably in an effort to protect her children and the memories of her two husbands, she was decidedly circumspect about d ...more
This is a beautifully written book. It's a short memoir, but that's because the author knows what not to say and when to stop writing. Marton has had an interesting life and her evocation of Paris is especially good. She is a fine writer, as also evidenced in her other books, especially her definitive biography of Raoul Wallenberg. I have read four of her books and look forward to reading the others--and hope she writes more. 2016--on second reading this book holds up just as well. It is in many ...more
Sue O'neill
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the first chapter, but as the book went on, I felt she named dropped too much..but a friend pointed out it was necessary to the story line..than I agreed, but when I got to the part of her affair, I was really disappointed in her, given all she went through to be with the man she loved.. then the last few chapters were beautifully done, and so I changed my opinion once again.. so I would say the book was spotty..good in parts, no so much in others...and brilliant in the fist and last few ...more
Cook Memorial Public Library
A beautiful memoir written by Kati Marton who was once married to ABC Anchor Peter Jennings and UN Ambassador, Richard Holbrooke. A beautiful, challenging, interesting and sometimes very sad story told around Paris and other locations including New York, Washington, Budapest and Bonn. A quick read, it took me less than a day to read. I was originally interested in this book because I knew she was married to Peter Jennings. I am really glad I read it and go to know who Kati Marton is. Very recomm ...more
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Kati Marton is an award-winning former correspondent for NPR and ABC News. She is the author of eight books, the most recent of which is the New York Times-bestselling memoir Paris: A Love StoryEnemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other works include The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, Hidden P ...more
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