Saturday, March 24, 2012

Paris in Love: A Memoir-Eloisa James

Paris in Love: A Memoir

Eloisa James

Random House, Apr 3 2012, $26.00

ISBN: 9781400069569

In December 2007, Fordham University Professor Eloisa James’ mom died from cancer. Not long afterward, she is diagnosed with the same disease. Having read several memoirs written by stricken individuals, Eloisa feels ready to live for the moment. She persuades her Italian-American husband Alessandro to spend a year in Paris accompanied by their two children (eleven years old Anna and fifteen years old Luca). They take sabbaticals from their teaching positions, register the kids in a French ├ęcole, and leave the Jersey burbs to become An American family in Paris. Paris In Love follows the quartet’s escapades in France.

This is a warm compassionate memoir that provides insight into a family but it is the City of Lights that steals the show as Ms. James eloquently provides an intelligent witty tour of the restaurants, museums, and much more. A talented historical romance writer Ms. James displays her skill as readers will appreciate her candor as she provides the audience insight into her and her family loving Paris.

Harriet Klausner

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