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Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer
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|Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer
by Vicki Lesage
Release Date: May 24, 2014
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
Congratulations to those who guessed yesterday that #100 would be a review on a very witty book on France!
In the same spirit as Confessions of a Paris Party Girl, as the party girl has grown up, here comes Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer. There are still parties and plenty of booze, but mind you, NOT during the 2 pregnancies related in this hilarious memoir.
I definitely do enjoy a lot Vicki’s style. In fact, when faced with tough conditions (bed rest for many months and a premature baby), plus ridiculous French bureaucracy, or rather bureaucrazy (tons of paperwork to fill in for anything and everything) as Vicki calls it apropos, laughing is the most serious way of looking at things and remain sane.
Along with her humor, Vicki has really a knack for pinpointing what’s particular in the French system, and she has a very down to earth way of considering the differences with the American world and language, even for points just as simple as saying dates – the French always mention the day before the month, so we are on 7/22 in the US but le 22/7 in France.
There are lots things related to health, hospitals and doctors, with a great analysis on how the French deal with nakedness. I actually still think we are overdoing it in the US when I receive a sheet to cover my body before a medical examination. The French don’t bother with these extras.
As is almost the rule when living in France, there are really funny passages on jerks in the métro, on crazy Parisian street scenes and on the joys of spying on neighbors!
I really had a great laugh on the part about elevators: where Vicki lives, the elevator stops not on floor 2 or 3, but at 1.5 or 2.5, so even though she uses the elevator, she does need to walk up or down a few steps between the elevator door and her apartment door. Vicki, this is actually much more common than you think. I lived in several places where it was exactly like this, and that was not even in Paris.
And as you may have noticed, the cover is also in the style of the previous book, and really cute, you have to admit.
Thanks Vicki for sending me your book, sorry for taking so long to finally review it, but look it is right on time for Paris in July, AND you end up being right there for my I love France #100!!!
Looking forward now to memoir #3!
VERDICT: If you are disappointed not to be able to visit Paris this summer, read this witty memoir: this is the best comfort you can find, plus you will discover that in real France, all is not pink, even in the City of Lights.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
Diapers, tantrums, and French bureaucracy – the crazy life of an American Mom in Paris.
Party Girl is back, this time as the sassy mommy of two kids trying to navigate the beautiful, yet infuriating, city of Paris.
How does she steer a stroller around piles of dog poop? How does she find time for French administration between breastfeeding and business meetings? And can she ever lose the baby weight with croissants staring her in the face from every street corner?
Answers to these pressing questions – and many more – are in this hilarious sequel. Laugh, cry, and wipe up drool right alongside Vicki as she and her ever-patient French husband raise two children in the City of Light [Goodreads]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vicki Lesage is an IT Director by day, writer by night.
And a full-time nerd.
She loves fondue, wine, math, and zombies.
She lives in Paris with her French husband and rambunctious son.
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I laughed a lot when reading this memoir too, and as an American in Paris, could relate to many of the stories. You’re right: Reading it is a great way to visit Paris this summer!
and we can discover and experience things that we may totally miss as a tourist
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Thanks for the great review, Emma! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. It would be a fun way for people to virtually visit Paris this summer, though I hope they’d never have to spend as much time in hospitals as I did!
yes, sorry you had to go through all this
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