Three Men in a Boat
(To Say Nothing of the Dog)
Jerome K. Jerome
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
Jerome K. Jerome
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
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|Confessions of a Paris Party Girl
By Vicki Lesage
Pub. Date: January 14, 2014
Genre: Memoir/ Humor
Believe me, I have read my share on expat stories, and even expat stories in Paris. And I can assure you this one tops them all!
This is Vicki’s own story, beginning in Paris with renting an apartment she found on Craigslist! Yes, and it did work, after quite a few hilarious moments on how to find the key, and on how to fit the key in the right door, without looking too much like a burglar to the omnipresent looks of French neighbors…
So the memoir starts right away on a very hilarious note, though I can imagine how nerve racking it must have been in the heat of the moment.
Vicki has the knack of inserting what little differences we have in language and culture to turn them into very to the point episodes, such as how the French count floors of a building, compare to Americans – oh yes, there is a MAJOR difference, and you want to know that one if you even just book a room in a Parisian hotel without elevator, as they are most often…
With her misadventures, with shop keepers, visa agents (I could actually write my chapter for the same version on the American side!), metro jerkers, Vicki lost rather quickly her romantic preconception of Paris, and was changed almost other night from being a tourist into a real resident.
“Bonjour,” she [a visa agent] reluctantly replied. The French observe niceties, even if it kills them.
loc. 1320 on kindle
If you’ve never been in France, you may think she exaggerates, for instance in her pages related to the French work ethos (which sounds like a total oxymoron). Trust me, she does not!
Counting the number of good morning kisses exchanged by all co-workers in the morning, coffee breaks, vacations, and the like, she ends up at a very low average for actual days of work in a French year.
One thing I’m surprised she forgot:
September is one of the best months to be in France. Fresh energy abound as everyone is relaxed from vacation.
loc. 2513 on my kindle
But this is ALSO fresh energy used for strikes and demonstrations, and in that respect probably the worst month of the year for work and even travel. The French don’t demonstrate in summer, they enjoy their vacation. And for that reason, the government often uses that time to pass new tough laws. So when the French come back from their 4 or more weeks of vacation, they are ready to hit the street!
I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of Vicki’s story. Every line is so alive, funny, and right on target! I have heard Vicki is working on a sequel, and I can’t wait to read it,
VERDICT: Confessions of a Paris Party Girl is a very smart, witty and funny story about what it means to turn from tourist to resident in Paris. Whether you plan your next vacation to the city of lights or consider settling there, you absolutely need to read this very entertaining and apropos memoir.
Wine, romance, and French bureaucracy – the ups and downs of an American’s life in Paris. This laugh-out-loud memoir is almost too funny to be true!
Drinking too much bubbly. Meeting sappy Frenchmen who have girlfriends or are creeps or both. Encountering problème after problème with French bureaucracy. When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to taste wine, stuff her face with croissants, and maybe fall in love.
In her first book, this long-time blogger and semi-professional drinker recounts the ups and downs of her life in Paris. Full of sass, shamefully honest admissions, and situations that seem too absurd to be true, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re stumbling along the cobblestones with her.
Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break? [provided by 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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Published by Little, Brown and Company
on April 23rd 2013
Three years ago, I wrote a very disappointed review of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, joining many readers and bloggers who definitely thought this was not Sedaris at his best.
When I heard he was preparing to publish Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, his latest book with a title à la Sedaris of course, I was wondering if I would give him another chance. Well, this book showed up right in front of my face at my library, on its release day, so how could I resist?
And I’m glad I succumbed. This time I join a much happier crowd saying: ah ah this is the real Sedaris again!
And it sure is. I recently highlighted his first chapter, on the French medical system, French doctors and dentists. So hilarious and so true, foi de Française!
In this book, you will travel all over the world, not only to France, but also to Australia, to China and Japan, etc. I really enjoy his style, his views always right on target, with love and humor, and the way he knows how to suddenly give a final twist you were not expecting at all.
You will also meet several members of his family, Hugh of course, and also his parents, his sister and his unforgettable yaya.
NB: In this collection, many essays have actually been previously published, in newspapers or magazines. And several feature a narrator different than Sedaris himself. One essay has some quite funny but dirty sex jokes.
“Their house had real hardcover books in it, and you often saw them lying open on the sofa, the words still warm from being read.”
Just to show that Sedaris can also be poetic at times!
A guy walks into a bar car and…
From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.
Sedaris remembers his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.
With Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called “hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving” (Washington Post). [Goodreads]
David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.
Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay “SantaLand Diaries.” He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) have become New York Times Best Sellers.
As of 2008, his books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris’ humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, homosexuality, and his life in France with his partner, Hugh Hamrick.
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