Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James

Paris in LovePublished: 2013

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 272 pages

Setting: Paris, 2000s

Interest: I can’t remember why I put it on my reading list, but it obviously sounded good at some point in time.

Summary: The book is a collection of short vignettes and long Facebook posts about Eloisa’s year living in Paris with her family. Almost on a whim, they sold their house in New Jersey, both parents took a sabbatical and the family with to Paris. The kids were enrolled in an Italian school (the father is Italian) and Eloisa planned to do lots of writing. She also did a fair amount of shopping, cooking, and observing French behavior, with a few random museums thrown in for good measure.

Final thoughts: Even though the book doesn’t really have a plot, I was totally sucked into it. I had a hard time stopping at one chapter each sitting. The short little bits of her life that were presented were fascinating. They certainly make me want to make my Facebook posts a bit longer and more informative.

Title comes from: The setting of the book. She was in love with Paris as opposed to a person.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 65/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge


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