Book review: That’s Paris – I love France #131


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That’s Paris

That's Paris

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That’s Paris: Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in Paris

PublisherVelvet Morning Press
Pub. Date: 2/2/2015


Pages:  218
Genre:  fiction / nonfiction /
/short stories / literary fiction / humor
Source: Received
from the publisher


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French Bingo 2015 logo  2015 ebook  Nonfiction 2015  New-Release-Challenge


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Paris has this mysterious attraction for foreigners. But they may sometimes see only a very partial Paris, the touristy Paris, which is really only a small fraction of the whole thing. The anthology That’s Paris tries to paint a picture of the “real” Paris.

I enjoyed the literary mix of these 28 short pieces, written by 23 contributors: you have nonfiction, memoirs, lists, and fiction, from humor to mystery, to literary fiction. I inevitably found some pieces too clichés (no, 4 hour meals is not a daily thing in France, not even every week-end, at least it has never been such a common practice among my relatives and friends. And I have been to shops in the US with no-purchase line special exits).

But the combination does paint a varied image of Paris, with settings in different neighborhoods (Ile Saint Louis, Pont des Arts, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre, Belleville, the 5th, Père Lachaise Cemetery). You read also about the expat experience, and about the French word ethic, food, cafés, subway, taxis, driving license ordeals, Christmas shop windows, etc, and whimsy details like the old man walking his bunny.

I especially enjoyed Didier Quémener‘s story set on Ile Saint Louis (Half Fast Midnight) and A Scoop of Henry by Cheryl McAlister: a woman spreading the ashes of her beloved husband throughout Paris.

As a bonus, 4 pieces are offered both in English and in French.
And at the end of the collection, you can find a short bio on each contributor. You can also read about them and connect with them here.

VERDICT: Fun anthology on Paris, combining serious, whimsy, and funny stories on the multiple facets of Paris. Great for all lovers of France


If you’ve ever traveled to Paris, lived in the City of Light or dreamed of setting foot on its cobblestoned streets, you’ll enjoy escaping into this collection of short stories about France’s famed capital.
From culinary treats (and catastrophes) to swoon-worthy romantic encounters (and heartbreaking mishaps), this anthology takes you on a journey through one of the most famous cities in the world.
View this cosmopolitan metropolis through the chic eyes of Parisians, francophiles and travelers who fell in love with the city and haven’t quite gotten around to leaving yet… That’s Paris: a glimpse into living, loving and surviving in the City of Light.
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19 thoughts on “Book review: That’s Paris – I love France #131

  1. Thanks for reviewing the book! It contains a lot of different perspectives, and so it’s great to get the different perspectives of our readers too!


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  5. A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richardson. This is a true story about the author’s grandparents during WWII in a small village in France. It also includes descriptions of what the house looked like now and how she tried to make it livable again. A very interesting book.


  6. Hopping over from the Nonfiction Reading Challenge…

    This sounds fun. Putting it on my list to read before my next trip — hoping that will be in the spring of 2016!


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