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A self-described Francophile since the age of nine, Rosecrans Baldwin had always dreamed of living in France. So when an offer presented itself to work at a Parisian ad agency, he couldn't turn it down — even though he had no experience in advertising, and even though he hardly spoke French.

But the Paris that Rosecrans and his wife, Rachel, arrived in wasn't the romantic city he remembered, and over the next eighteen months, his dogged American optimism was put to the test: at work (where he wrote booklets on breastfeeding), at home (in the hub of a massive construction project), and at every confusing dinner party in between. A hilarious and refreshingly honest look at one of our most beloved cities, Paris, I Love You is the story of a young man whose preconceptions are usurped by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy metropolis — which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris a second time.

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"A Judd Apatow film in the waiting...Very, very funny." John Freeman, The Boston Globe

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"Deftly written, with a wry style and liberally deployed irony....Very funny." The Atlantic

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"A picture of what it's like to live and work — like, work work — in a city understood by most Americans only through tourist goggles....So necessary and welcome." GQ

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"Baldwin and his wife, Rachel — as well as the Parisians he came to know — are funny and idiosyncratic, and it's a pleasure to spend time with them....A love story about the city and its people." NPR

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"A hilarious, keenly observed, and surprisingly poignant journey into the Parisian state of mind." Anthony Doerr, author of Four Seasons in Rome

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"Americans in Paris are a common literary trope, but Rosecrans Baldwin has rejuvenated it....A wryly astute fish-out-of-water memoir." The Huffington Post

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"A charming entry into the expat canon, this book is Baldwin's true story of moving to his favorite city in the world — favorite to the tune of obsession, mind you — and realizing its not quite as he had imagined." Flavorwire

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"Baldwin proves that with the right attitude, everything in this perhaps most magically remembered of all cities is either beautiful, hilarious, or both, and his friendly voice and approachable style will grab those who want to be there and those who have never been." Booklist

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"A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne as experienced by an observant young American...his vivid impressions of Paris and its people (expats included) are most engaging. Great fun and surprisingly touching. Great fun and surprisingly touching." Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Rosecrans Baldwin's first novel, You Lost Me There, was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2010, a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, and a Time and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer 2010. He is a cofounder of the online magazine The Morning News.

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dmard, August 16, 2015 (view all comments by dmard)
For those of you longing to chuck it all and move to Paris, this is your much less expensive reality check. Life is much the same where ever you live and every town, even Paris, has it's good and bad aspects.
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gopherprairieexile, August 3, 2015 (view all comments by gopherprairieexile)
I love the title of this, so when I read that it's supposed to be hysterically funny, I went for it. I should have gone somewhere else. I haven't any doubt that the author is moved and bewitched and entranced by Paris, but he didn't communicate that to me in any way except to tell me so from time to time, like if he were telling me he had a headache or he was out of milk. I found so many of his metaphors self-conscious and cringe worthy, and I guess all the tales of vanity, provincialism and stupidity were designed to knock the fairy dust out of the eyes of people who want to go to Paris to dance with Gene Kelly while waiting for the paint to dry. I think it was supposed to be profound (OK, that part's funny.)This is an author who acts like the most mundane conclusions are some fascinating insights that he is the first to uncover. Really, who has to be told that an ad agency is a cesspit? Getting idioms wrong is really old hat when going for a laugh; I prefer Ricky Ricardo ("the cast is dead"). I just don't see what all the fuss and enthusiasm are about.
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Chocolate and Croissants, July 13, 2015 (view all comments by Chocolate and Croissants)
This book hits Paris on the mark. We all love Paris, but yes I am not the one to burst your bubble, however every city in the world has aspects that are not glamorous. We just have to learn that for ourselves.

Author, Baldwin, gets the job opportunity that we all probably dream of. Working in Paris on the Champs D'Elyse. Ok, that is not my dream but close enough. He gets to live in Paris.

The story he writes is hysterical. Having visited Paris probably more than 20 times I can say that he has a realistic approach to life in Paris. While some may say that you should not complain he does capture the French at both their best and their worse. When Baldwin arrives at the office he is not bilingual. He finds himself frustrated as he cannot communicate efficiently and is often mute or just misunderstood.

In one chapter he tries to explain to a co-worker that the water spigot is very forceful. When words do not communicate the message he uses his hands only to spill water all over his suit dressed colleague and leaves him with moat in the cuff of his pants. On another occasion he does not pronounce a word properly and while he means to say champion, he has the listener thinking he is talking about mushrooms, les champignions.

He also finds himself in a state of confusion on when to kiss and when not to kiss. Such is life in Paris. Baldwin also has a great love for what makes Paris Paris. Lunch is had in a park by the office. He gives all the regulars nicknames and appreciates the customs of the French.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250033352
Author:
Baldwin, Rosecrans
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 304 pages Picador USA - English 9781250033352 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A Judd Apatow film in the waiting...Very, very funny."
"Review" by , "Deftly written, with a wry style and liberally deployed irony....Very funny."
"Review" by , "A picture of what it's like to live and work — like, work work — in a city understood by most Americans only through tourist goggles....So necessary and welcome."
"Review" by , "Baldwin and his wife, Rachel — as well as the Parisians he came to know — are funny and idiosyncratic, and it's a pleasure to spend time with them....A love story about the city and its people."
"Review" by , "A hilarious, keenly observed, and surprisingly poignant journey into the Parisian state of mind."
"Review" by , "Americans in Paris are a common literary trope, but Rosecrans Baldwin has rejuvenated it....A wryly astute fish-out-of-water memoir."
"Review" by , "A charming entry into the expat canon, this book is Baldwin's true story of moving to his favorite city in the world — favorite to the tune of obsession, mind you — and realizing its not quite as he had imagined."
"Review" by , "Baldwin proves that with the right attitude, everything in this perhaps most magically remembered of all cities is either beautiful, hilarious, or both, and his friendly voice and approachable style will grab those who want to be there and those who have never been."
"Review" by , "A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne as experienced by an observant young American...his vivid impressions of Paris and its people (expats included) are most engaging. Great fun and surprisingly touching. Great fun and surprisingly touching."
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