Book review: Petite Confessions – I love France #151

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Petite Confessions: A Humorous Memoirette

Petite Confessions

Petite Confessions by Vicki Lesage

Publisher:  Velvet Morning Press Pages: 71 Publication date: March 8, 2015 Genre:  Nonfiction / Humor Source: Received from the author for review   Goodreads

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I don’t know how it is at your place, but May 2015 in Chicago is rather awful with tons of rainy and COLD days. The type of day when you want to crawl back in bed with a funny book, and I have exactly the one for you: Petite Confessions, by the author of two books already presented here:  Confessions of a Paris Party Girl and Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer. Three laugh out books, trust me. Click to continue reading

Book review : Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer – I love France #100!


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Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer

Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this ebook for free
in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated
for this post as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer
Vicki Lesage
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: May 24, 2014
ISBN:  978-1499276534
Pages: 232

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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Paris in July 2014


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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.



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


Vicki LesageVicki 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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WWW Wednesdays (June 4)

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• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

OMG, I’m so very excited about this!!

A bit of a background:

Last week, I took part for the 3rd time in the awesome ArmchairBEA week. On Day 4, the topic was Expanding Blogging Horizons. I highlighted how I really wanted to jump into book vlogging.

The discussion was very interesting: some bloggers didn’t want to do it, because they said they preferred to read a review, and many confessed they felt too self-conscious.
And then Christine at Readerly Musings, you have to go and watch her book vlogs, encouraged me to do it through her own example.

I also prefer to read than watch book reviews, so I thought it would be better to vlog for a meme, so here you go!

  • Age wise, I could be the grand-mother of many book bloggers, Christine included
  • Being French, my teeth are not too nice…
  • I think I have a long nose
  • I was so nervous that I made lots of grammatical mistakes, shame on me former English teacher
  • I have too many euh… euh.., so.., so…
  • I repeat too many times ‘super funny’
  • and WWW Wednesdays is not a feature but a meme
  • After 13 years in the US I still do not have an Illinois accent, lol
  • it looks like I’m watching something up there instead of focusing on the eye of the webcam


  • I had lots of fun doing it
  • I am actually quite happy of how it turned out
  • I like the length, just 4 mn
  • I hope I conveyed enough enthusiasm for these 3 books, though sorry Ian Doescher, I even forgot to specify you were the author of my 3rd book!!

So please if you have 4 mn of your time, watch this video, let me know what you like/don’t like, and while you are at it, why not subscribe to my YouTube Words And Peace channel? I’m really going to do this often, for this meme and possibly some other memes!