Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James
Recommended by Heather Pisani-Kristl
Manager, La Mesa Branch
Romance readers will recognize Regency author Eloisa James, the pen name of a Fordham English professor and daughter of poet Robert Bly. Following a sudden breast cancer diagnosis and surgery, James uses her sabbatical to move to Paris for a year with her Italian-born husband and two children. Similar to Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik, but less precious, this impressionistic portrait of expat life is the perfect book for a reader in a rush. Writing in brief paragraphs, James develops the real-life characters of her thoroughly American tweens – who struggle with new friendships and French teaching styles – and illustrates the closeness experienced by couples when they are thrust into a new culture. If you can only fit in a few minutes a day for a café Americain, read a little bit of this memoir as you sip and enjoy the moment in true Gallic fashion.