As some of you may know, I went on a little birthday vacation to Paris in July. (Check out my Parisian travel post here!) For weeks I could hardly contain my anticipation to walk through twisty, white-washed streets with a baguette in hand, so naturally I checked out every book I could find on the city to tide me over.
Paris in Love was by far my favorite. I have a dream of labeling myself an expatriate, learning French, and settling into a busy but beautiful life in Paris; Eloisa James did it first. The book's format flows through hundreds of short, almost Tweet-like stories ranging from bougie homeless people to obese cats. I laughed out loud many times, but never felt like James skimmed the more challenging aspects of living abroad. In fact, I think the most charming aspect of Paris in Love is actually the author's ability to equate very simple objects with very big feelings. For example, she often intertwines themes of love (romantic and familial) with the Parisian passion of bread.
Overall? A very genuine novel, filled with James' struggles in leaving her USA comfort zone and the culinary, cultural, and familial victories of her year in Paris. I highly recommend for some light reading to cure heavy wanderlust.
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 2013