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Paris in Love: A Q&A (and Giveaway!) with Author Eloisa James

by Amy Thomas

Today we’re all about the Paris book love. Amy Thomas interviews bestselling author Eloisa James on her latest book, Paris in Love, a memoir of a year spent in Paris enjoying the good life. For a chance to win a copy of the book, leave us a note in the comments below! We’ll pick one lucky reader at random on May 31. ** Update: the contest is now closed. Thank you for commenting! **

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’Tis the season for books about Paris. There are new non-fiction titles (Dreaming in French, French Kids Eat Everything), photography tomes (Paris in Color), cookbooks (La Petite Cuisine à Paris) and a slew of memoirs including Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, A Family in Paris and the one I just devoured on my recent trip to the City of Light: Paris in Love by Eloisa James.

Having lived in Paris for nearly two years and written my own memoir, I’ve been giddily burning through these titles, alternately living vicariously, laughing out loud in empathy, and tearing up at the memories. Eloisa’s memoir was no different. A mélange of personal thoughts, family anecdotes, historic and cultural references, practical facts and general observations, delivered in a fun, self-deprecating voice, in short spurts of prose lifted largely from her Facebook and Twitter accounts, it’s hard not to fall for the lovely writer, her Italian husband, her two moody teens or her chubby Chihuahua, Milo.

Olof Grind

Partly what makes Eloisa so irresistible is her lack of pretense. A writing professor and best-selling author of romance novels (don’t miss the giveaway below!) who underwent a mastectomy to treat breast cancer, she sold her home, took a sabbatical from work and moved her family to the ninth arrondissement. During her year devoted to enjoying life’s everyday pleasures, she becomes hyperaware of seductive details everywhere, from the “dreamy dark pink” of a tote bag to Sacré-Coeur’s basilica covered by rows of “creamy scallops” to Paris mornings that are “moody, cool and empty.” It’s a book that reminds you of the best things about Paris: the kindness of strangers, those poignant feelings of magic and melancholy, and that food can fix things. Now back in the States, Eloisa took the time to respond to some questions, just for HiP.

Carin Olsson

Of all the places in the world you could have taken a sabbatical, why did you choose Paris?
I have always loved Paris. Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, I had a black-and-white etching of the city on my wall, and I lived in Paris during my junior year abroad. After being treated for cancer, when I realized that I wanted to run away from my normal life, Paris was an easy choice: I love the chocolate, the light on the Seine, the time — or rather, the lovely way that Parisians savor their days rather than dashing through them.

What were the favorite moments of your life in Paris?
Every day I would drop my daughter off in the Italian school, on one side of Paris, and walk home to the 9th, across the Seine. I loved that hour or so of walking, no matter the weather. Much of the book’s close descriptions come from those mornings.

Carin Olsson

The format of your book is really intriguing: that you reformatted concise Facebook and Twitter updates and created a strong, coherent narrative. Can you talk a little about the origins of the book: was that a conscious choice to write a book that way, or did it happen more organically?
One thing I knew when we left for Paris was that I had to bring home memories, not just as a series of snap-shots. My father, Robert Bly, is a poet, and when I was in elementary school, he was working on prose poems. Mastering a very short form of prose, even if my snippets have no comparison to his poetry, was an exercise in affection. I resisted turning it into a traditional travel narrative because I wanted this book to give readers the sense I had captured, of small but vivid pleasures.


How is Milo??
Milo, our very, very plump Chihuahua, who paid us a long visit in Paris, is doing just fine. He and my mother-in-law, Marina, live in Florence, Italy, where he is fed far too much prosciutto. During our year in Paris we all engaged in a fruitless attempt to slim Milo down. Alas, Marina called last week and confessed that he has gained weight again. At 26 pounds, that seems impossible! Milo will be ten years old this summer…. We’re not sure that he will live a very long life, but he is definitely living a very happy one!

What is one non-tangible thing you took home from your year in Paris?
Next time you’re in Paris, don’t spend all your time (or even much of your time) being a tourist. Sit in a café and watch the world passing by. Be joyful rather than learned.

“Be joyful rather than learned.” That is a quote for the books, mes amis!

For a chance to win Eloisa James’ wonderful new book, Paris in Love, leave us a note in the comments below! We’ll pick one lucky reader at random on May 31.

Related links:

  • Missed the giveaway? You can purchase Paris in Love here
  • Also be sure to check out Amy Thomas’ memoir, Paris my Sweet, here
  • Paris in Four Months, by our very own Carin Olsson, also beautifully captures the tiny moments that make us fall in love with Paris over and over again.

Written by Amy Thomas for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Amy Thomas is a sweets-obssessed writer based between New York and Paris. She penned the Sweet Freak column for Metro newspaper and has written about Paris' best chocolatiers (New York Times), desserts for two (Time Out New York), chocolate for guys (Rachel Ray) and the best hot chocolate in the city (Metro). Check for updates from Amy on her blog, God I Love Paris. View Amy Thomas's Website

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166 comments on “Paris in Love: A Q&A (and Giveaway!) with Author Eloisa James

François Roland speaking 🙂 I’m French, native Parisian and writer of a new book called : “Being French! A Frenchman’s Guide to a More Sensual Life.”
When I undertook the writing of this book from a Frenchman addressing Anglo-Saxon in their own language, I have been fascinated by the amount of books written about my country, my city, my French country fellows, and I must say that it was somewhat baffling that the immense majority of these books were due the pens of American women whether having married a French man whether having worked in France and having, as it happens, fallen in love with our delightful an intriguing country. I must say that I found the ones I read among these books often insightful, entertaining and witty. A French proverb says “Nul n’est prophète en son pays” (nobody is a prophet in his own country) and it certainly aligns with the fact that you’re much more proned to tell stories about what you are discovering than about what is your daily life ever since you where born.
But nevertheless it’s exactly what I have done with “Being French!” The French way of envisioning seduction and sensual life is one of the topics I’ve seen addressed constantly in these American books on French life-style, and having a lot to say myself about the subject, I decided to give Anglo-Saxon people the view point of a true French insider on that fascinating French spirit in the matter.
And of course since we are mostly dealing with Paris here, I have to say that “Being French!” don’t miss to bring something about my city, linked to the love and sex department 🙂

Voilà. Just making you know that such a book exist 🙂 And all information about it can be found on my URL.

Those pictures are really nice !

Be joyful rather than learned – love it

Savoring days and lingering are my 2 favorite things about Paris. Sounds like a wonderful year.

What a lovely interview. We recently came back from Paris baptizing our baby girl at the American Church of Paris after a long year at the nicu. That was our 2nd trip. Our 1st was our honeymoon. But I will always be in love with Paris. I would love to get away into Eloisa Jame’s world.

This book sounds like something I’d adore reading!! Wonderful giveaway!

~ Clare x


I once had a “great escape” to Paris.
I remember how I ached the first time I saw Delaroche’s painting of the Martyr. The therapeutic release of tears that brought forth the floodwaters of joy. Wet and warm and blissful. How does one compare an actual painting to a print or an image in a book? I discovered there was no comparison. None.
Who knew that seeing the veins in the hands of the sculpture of Micheal Angelo’s “David” would surprise and overwhelm me in their detailed beauty and reflection of this artist’s every breath?
This past summer I took my Sheepfarmer, 58, after his bout with colon cancer. He who had NEVER had a vacation in his life. I watched him sit down on the upholstered, white middle bench and become overwhelmed in joy and gratitude at the sight of Monet’s panels in the Orangerie. THIS is a moment I will NEVER forget. EVER.
Dear, sweet, Paris…

I´m just starting a major diet programme. I would love to win the book and dream of Paris while I´m starving myself! Love Anette

They say our current life reflects our past deeds. I must have done something right many moons ago, because I finally found my seat at a cafe in Paris last summer. Ahh, the shimmering pink summer sunset, a chilled rose, and a nibble or two of rosemary scented olives and crisp, warm almonds. Pure joy. Thank you Ms. James for packing your beautiful memories into a book, can’t wait to read it. x

Would love this book!

oh how i want to go to paris maybe oneday!

My dream a year in Paris, courage is what I need. Perhaps the book will give that to me.

I’ve been saving to move to Paris for the last year and I will finally be living my dream in 4 weeks! I have bought so many books on France and bookmarked a lot of French websites and blogs so I can take in as much information as I can before I arrive. I’d love to add this book to my growing collection!

Would love to win Eloisa James’ wonderful new book, Paris in Love. Merci for the chance!

I love this blog and I know I will love the book as well! I have decided there is no such thing as “too much Paris.”

Paris stole my heart a few years ago. I could use a couple of years in Paris right about now.

Love the post, the blog and all things Parisian. I know I will love the book

Can’t wait to read the book! I love the illustration on the cover. These photographs are beautiful as well!!

I am planning my first trip EVER to Paris for fall. I would so love to read this book before I go. Maybe I can find some of the locales or duplicate some of her experiences while I am there.

ooh pick me! pick me! I’m planning another trip to Paris next spring and can’t wait to be inspired once more!

Great interview. Books like this are necessary for my time spent waiting to return to Paris.

This makes me want to write a memoir of Paris, even though I’ve never been there! I keep dreaming ….

I am planning a 3 week honeymoon in France (late sept 2012) and I am overwhelmed! There is simply so much I want to see, do, eat. I’ll try my best to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

love love love all things Paris!!

Oh how I love Paris! I love the blog and would savour the book.

Sounds like a great book!

This book sounds wonderful–what a perfect way to recuperate from illness, in such a magical city and culture!

I left Paris back in September and I STILL long for it! (Well, that and New Zealand.) I’ll read that book regardless 🙂

Paris, hmmm, sounds devine. I’ll put it on my lifes itinerary. 🙂

Can’t wait to read this. Adding to my list of American-turns-Parisian-via-literary-osmosis reads 🙂

Debbie Boughton

Ah Paris!
We celebrated our Anniversary (May 31st) at the Eiffel Tower in 2009. A copy of ‘Paris in Love’ would be a great gift for this year.

This sounds lovely! I am a graduate student in a Food Studies program, and Paris in Love would be a wonderful escape from my every-day reading and homework assignments. It would allow me to relive a little bit of my amazing honeymoon there, too!

Hi! Loved this post and would love to read the book. Short prose sounds nice!

Sounds like a book I too would devour!

Love the blog, and would love to read this book!

Desere Steenberg

Thank you so much for the fabulous contest I would adore to win this book ! I found your blog through facebook and I simply love it! My note is that I would love to go to Paris someday it seems so very romantic !

Marisselma Santana

A city with hide places and secrets 🙂 Went there once, the first impression wasn´t good, but certainly was not the right one. Why only me should be wrong about Paris? I need to come back and in fact to know this lovely city…

This post has brightened my morning considerably! Paris seems like a very far away place when my baby daughter has a very snotty cold! I spent a lot of my childhood in Paris and can’t wait to take my one eighth Parisienne baby to sample it’s delights. I’m currently very Paris sick and love to hear about new Paris books to escape into! Thanks!!!

I fell in love with Paris at my first visit in 2002. Since then I’ve learned french and moved to The City of Light in 2005. I love walking along Paris streets, and to discover new things about Paris every day.
Though 7 years of living here can’t overpower that sweet delightful emotion: « WOW! I’m IN PARIS! » Paris’s definitely making me happy 🙂
Would love to read Elisas’ book !

Heather in Arles

This book sounds absolutely charming and the interview was wonderful. It is amazing the pull that Paris has on people. No other town in the world makes folks dream that way as the comments show so well. And I will keep that quote close to my heart–merci! 🙂

The love affair began last year, can’t wait to see paris again soon.

Paris has become part of my life since my Sept 2011 ten days stay. So much that I stay in touch with the city every night by visiting Paris daily photo. All my passwords are associated with Paris. Would love to be able to immerse in Paris in Love and re-live the moments !

I miss you, Paris my love, more than I can say.

Didn’t get a chance to see a lot of Paris since we did some touring around the country (Normandy and Mont Saint-Michel). Would love to read about it (and then go back!).

Octavian Brezean

Miss Paris a lot, can;t wait to come again this summer 😉

Octavian Brezean

Miss so much Paris, can’t wait to come again this summer 😉

I would love to win this book for my wedding anniversary (May 31st). I was just telling my husband how I need a good read and I came online to book our hotel for an upcoming stay in Paris, then stumbled upon this post. We spent one magical summer living there and it is truly a place for love – a place to love, a place to be in love, a magical wonderful place to enjoy (not just to be learned). I would say, however, that I felt I learned a lot just enjoying Paris – learned how to enjoy life, how to balance work and personal, how to enjoy a good stroll or bike ride, how to savor a warm evening. I look forward to enjoying this book!

… was in Paris in 1993 and still remember the thrill of seeing all the sights and delights – thank you in advance!

I am planning/dreaming of my first trip overseas for next february… and of course, Paris is at the top of the list.

Eloisa’s books are always so riviting… I can’t wait to delve into this one!

Thank you for holding this contest! Good luck to all.

Sounds like a must read to me!

I love Love LOVE anything related to Paris! Cannot wait to read this book. I spent some time in this wonderful city and miss it everyday. Thanks HIP for feeding me tidbits of Parisian pleasures.

I would love to see Paris!

I love Paris. I love New York. If I could I would split myself in two and live in both of them.

sounds like perfect beach reading..

…….oh noI can’t win a year of my own in Paris??
Well then I would be happy to read all about it and live vicariously through

I just finished the book today. It was wonderful. I loved the structure of the book…part blog posts, part short stories, part essays. Very sweet and wonderful read. Perfect for a summer read!

There’s no place like Paris. I wish I could take a year sabbatical there too!

I have just returned from a 3 week break in Paris..I acted tour guide to my 2 ‘bridesmaids’ of 28 years…what a ride! We were absolutely tourists 🙂 The third week I had to myself, and I have to agree, its soo much more relaxing and refreshing to be ‘joyful’ rather than ‘learned’.
Looking forward to reading this book 🙂

I would love to visit and “be joyful in Paris” someday as Eloisa quotes…and to read her book.Sounds like a great summer read.

Rebecca Jeffree

I have never been to Paris but I am madly saving to take my family there for a much-needed holiday – I love reading about this wonderful city and have read many books about it. I would love to read Eloisa James’ book. My husband and I even named our gorgeous eldest daughter Paris! (We also have a younger beautiful daughter named Jasmine)Love the Blog – always look forward to it appearing in my inbox. xx

pick me! pick me! 🙂

I have been to Paris several times but last year was my favorite trip; I went alone! it was so fabulous having the city all to myself morning, noon, and of course at night. It was April and a birthday treat for myself… very selfish and very wonderful. Because the weather was great while I was there I used the Metro only occassionaly and instead walked, walked, sat, ate, walked, ate, etc. for several days. I loved it!

I’ve just landed back in the U.S. after a week in Paris. I’m in a post-Paris depression & would love to relive my Parisian experience. I’m looking forward to devouring James’s new book.

Elizabeth Giammona

Just came across your blog today and I love it! Love the cover of the book too, such a nice girly Parisian feel to it. Can’t wait to read it with a Macaroon and au chocolat chaud.

I’m sooo anxious to read this book and would love to go to Paris someday!

I am so anxious to read this book! I love Eloisa and love Paris. Thanks for the interview. She does not do enough of them! Good job!

I love books about Paris, any kind of book, but especially a memoir.

Sounds like a delicious read! Would love to have a copy.

I was just looking at this book in a book store this weekend! Paris is my favorite daydream destination.

Even the Q & A brought back that feeling of anticipation and a more leisurely pace of life that I enjoyed from my three brief visits to Paris. I yearn to go back, and I would love to read the entire memoir.

I love Paris!!!

Flora Segura Buchler

Paris in Love took my breat away!

having been fortunate enough to visit paris twice, i still long to go back, and always crave any opportunity to re-live that magnificent city… i love reading memoirs about paris – to read others’ experiences and to be able to relate what others have observed… i’m always making room for new titles, and look forward to adding this one to my library…

Flora Segura Buchler

Paris in Love is a dream come true!

Flora Segura Buchler

I love Paris! I also loved this Q&A today!

My oh my….what a coincidence. I am in the process of selling my house and marrying my Italian boyfriend and guess where we are going on our honeymoon? Paris! I MUST get this book. Thank you so much for this rainbow moment…..

I love Paris! We’ve been several times. We camped in Bois de Bologne and took the metro every where. We went 2 years later with my first daughter (just 14 mos. old), then 3 years later with 2 kids – 3 and 13 mos. The kids brought other people to us; to give advice, where to get baby stuff, etc. They also slow you down so you can enjoy the city. I still haven’t seen the Sacre Coeur without scaffolding.

Just love your blog. Sure do miss France and devour every book I can get my hands on!

I love Paris! I just came back last week after spending three weeks in Paris. It’s my favorite city in the world!

I would love to visit Paris through this book. Can’t wait to read it!!

I’m leaving for Paris at the end of June for 3 weeks. I have been reading everything I can about Paris! I seriously thought about moving there myself. I would love to have this book!

I am in love with Paris too, how lovely to relive the experience.
Thank you!

I would love to win this book. I have never been outside the United States, except when I read, when I read I travel all over the world, places that I will never go in real life.

I love Eloisa James’ books, I own most of them. I just haven’t gotten around to getting Paris in Love yet. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Laura Satterfield

Absolutely LOVE your blog! Makes me want to go back to Paris again and again! Tres Bon!

Sounds like a lovely book!

Paris is lovely ANYTIME! but when I can’t actually get myself back there,~ escaping through a good book is next best thing! thanks for the great reads! and the giveaway!

This looks like a fantastic read, definitely adding it to my wish list to pick up.

I would love to go visit Europe, especially Paris. Can’t wait to read this book 🙂

There’s so much of Europe I still want and need to see. But Paris is someplace I want to visit again and again.

brenda bartges

I’ve been to Paris once – for a week to immerse myself in the art/culture. Bought a bright orange pocketbook there. It still makes me smile.

Cathy Copeland

What a lovely interview. I enjoy Eloisa’s books, and would love to win a copy of this one! However, if I don’t win, I know what my husband will be getting me for my birthday! 🙂

Would sooooooooooooo love to read Paris in Love!!!! I adore Paris but through circumstances have not been for 3 years, so miss it!!!! Please let me read about it !!!!!

WOW!!! Love Paris! Love books about Paris! A chance to win another….awesome!!! I will be there in January….can’t wait!!! Thankyou!

I’m an old Paris hand and found Eloisa’s book spot-on. Since I live near Minneapolis, I was intrigued by her descriptions of her formative years in rural Minnesota, especially since her father is one of America’s most influential poets and her mother was a revered writer and teacher as well. Not only is her memoir eminently readable and re-readable, it’s also full of practical info.

I’ve read Paris in Love and it was wonderful, my most favorite book in a very long time. Not only was it a great read, it was a vocabulary lessen, a French lesson, an Italian lessen and it made me want to write again. I’m now scheming how I can spend a lengthy amount of time in Paris and how can I visit other European cities while I’m there. Paris in Love sparked a long dormant dream to travel and write so I thank Eloisa James whole heartedly.

Would love to read this book. Someday I would love to visit Paris.

I’d love to win and take it to read on my next vacation 😀

I love reading books about Paris. I’m moving there myself in a couple months and I can’t wait for the experience!!

Paris has to be THEE most beautiful city in the world. I went there first with my oldest daughter a few years ago. Now, I am going back with my husband. Le sigh……..

Sounds like something I would enjoy very much. I’ve only spent a few days in Paris but I loved sitting outside in their cafes. My husband was born there and lived there again with his parents (air force brat lol) and he has told me many stories. I hope to go back someday and can’t imagine living there for an entire year!

Tamara Everett

I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve been a fan of Eloisa’s books for years.

Having followed the year in Paris on facebook, I still hope to read the book soon. Eloisa James is a lovely, genuine, generous person and I am so happy to see this book getting so much praise and attention. (I lived in Paris for nearly a year in my early twenties, too, so all the excerpts and verbal snapshots have been a real treat.) And now I get another blog on which to revisit Paris. Thanks!

I love Eloisa’s books & am a longtime FB fan. I never realized until now why I feel such a connection to her. It is what you mentioned – her lack of pretense. She’s a Shakespearean professor & a very successful novelist, but more often than not she is struggling just like the rest of us to make sense of life & reminding us to laugh along the way.

I have always dreamed of living in Europe for an extended period of time. What a wonderful adventure this sounds like!

Paris is a fun city. We got to go three times while we were in :Belgium.

I’m excited to read this!! Thank you so much for entertaining me!!

I would love to read this book. It looks perfect for vacation.

I lived in Paris from 2005-2006 and I will go back to live there in 2013 for at least half a year. Paris is constantly enriching my life, even when I’m in my home country. I devour books about the city, living vicariously and loving all the experiences and places all over again. The approach of the book sounds amazing and it would great to win it in anticipation of my stay. <3

So happy to find this blog! Hoping to visit The City Of Light for my 50th birthday.

I hope to visit Paris someday, it is on my bucket list. I look forward to reading Paris in Love soon. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kelly B.

Marguerite Guinn

I have only been to Paris once, and was able to spend 5 whole days exploring the city! I laughed and cried my way through most of the book (and loved every minute of it)!

I can’t wait to read this book! I’m sure I’m going to love it.

Shannon Johnson

Love Eloisa James and looking so forward to reading this book!! Such a fun interview! Love to get in the head of authors!!

I would love to read this book, as I love Eloisa James books but haven’t had a chance to read this one yet! Thank you for the chance!!

One week ago today, we were very sadly leaving Paris after an absolutely fabulous week’s stay. We did not make it to any museums. Since the weather was fairly cooperative, we walked, walked, walked and stopped into whatever looked interesting… bistros, shops, etc. We would love to return one day and see more. One week only scratched the surface of the city and our curiosity to learn more about such an amazing place.

It’s one week ago today that we very sadly left Paris after an absolutely wonderful week’s stay. We didn’t see any museums. Instead, since the weather was fairly nice, we made sure to walk, walk, walk all over the place and stop into whatever looked good – bistros, shops, etc. We cannot wait to go back. I’d love to read this book. Currently living in Minnesota myself!

Just lovely.

Oh my goodness I would love to win a copy of this book!! I am obsessed with Paris and love reading anything and everything I can about the City of Lights. I’m finally going to visit this fall for the first time in my life (I figured if not when I’m 30, then when?) and I would love to read this book in anticipation of my trip. What a great giveaway!

Leaving in 2 weeks for my first trip to Paris. I’ll be meeting my sister (who lives near Frankfurt). She wanted to know what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. My only bucket list items is to have a coffee in a sidewalk cafe and watch the world go by. Anything else is lovely, but not why I want to go to Paris. After reading tomes of memoirs like this, I feel like I’m a seasoned adventurer, not a tourist!

I have loved Paris since my first visit in 1973, return often. Last time Sept. 2011, next time Sept. 2012. Eloisa’s comments have validated our travel philosophy…build memories.

On one trip we were having lunch outdoor at a café at the end of a metro line. The September sun was warm against our faces. As we waited for our lunch to arrive, I told my wife “It doesn’t get any better than this”.

Another time, we were having tea at an outdoor café on Bd. Port-Royal. It was cloudy & a bit chilly. My wife leaned over to me & said “I love Paris first, you’re second.”

Those moments are what Paris is all about.

Sounds like a great read.

Valerie Demetros

Can’t wait to read the book. She sounds like my kind of person.

Lauren Guilbeau

Would love to win a copy!

I’m going to France soon, and it looks like I should definitely read this book when I get back!

Sounds like a great book! I haven’t been to Paris yet, but I’m currently learning French and hoping to visit soon!

I love all things Paris & would love to read this book! Merci!

“Be joyful rather than learned.” Fabulous! Putting this on the Summer Must Read List.

My dream is to retire from the US and move to Paris. It seems that I am always trying to slip in a few day in the ciy when ever I travel to Europe.

I just want to say hello and thank you, Amy, for the lovely intro!

i am especially curious about the format: melting tweets and FB updates in a coherent narrative! WOW!

Paris is magical! Thank you for this amazing giveaway, really looking forward to reading this book!


I moved to Paris just month ago…I’d love to read this book!

I would love to win this book. thanks for the chance

I was just in Paris a few months ago, don’t think it’s possible to visit without fantasizing about living in such a magical place.
The book looks wonderful!

Every little piece I read about this enigmatic city makes me love it a little more!

I just can’t get enough of Paris, home of my ancestors — visiting, savoring my photographs, dreaming about and reading about this most captivating city! I happened to see “Paris In Love” on a shopping site recently and have been meaning to order it. Since reading your lovely little interview with Ms. James, I’m doubly convinced that I absolutely have to have the book for my collection! Shall I buy it now or wait to win it???

Macorons are the best!

I would love to win! I’m travelling to Paris on a Fulbright Research Grant next year and I’m so in love with the city already!

I finished reading the book on our flight to Paris, first time visting. It was great! I took some of her recommendations and shopped at the Galleries Lafayette (wow!), and some of her restaurants. I love how the book is set up in little snippets, makes for an easy and enjoyable read.

My wife has been sick for 10 months to the point now that she can no longer work. We are quitting our jobs, selling our stuff, and moving to Paris for 12 months for her to rest and recover. We’d love to bring this book with us.

I just returned from my honeymoon in Paris and miss it so much! I’m very excited to read this book!

I have loved your blog forever!
It puts me in a lovely mood every time I browse thru it.

Great book, fantastic author. Thanks so much for the excellent giveaway!

I am wishing myself luck.


The first time I went to Paris, I was 16 years old and fell in love with all things Paris. A dozen visits later, I spent 2 weeks there this past fall with my new husband on our honeymoon! And now he often talks of going back. Just reading this blog post has me in my Paris dream land for the day. Would love to have a copy of the book!

Sounds like a great book! I’ve been living in Paris several years now and I love reading about other people’s experiences here.

I’ve been buying every book – whether travel guide, memoir, or history text – about Paris I can get my hands on at the moment! It would be lovely to add another to my collection. x

ah, never tire of reading about Paris, visited many times but never had the privilege of actually living there…wish I did, perhaps one day!

paris (im)perfect

Oh, the Paris memoirs keep coming – and that’s a good thing! Love to read everyone’s unique take. I’m especially intrigued with how the author created a cohesive narrative out of her short snippets. Her father is Robert Bly? WOW! Would love to win a copy of the book!

This sounds like an amazing book! It was my dream to go to Paris since I was a little girl and we just came back from a short visit. Man, one whole year in Paris wouldnt be enough! It was an amazing experience and cant wait to come back! I cant wait to read Eloisa’s book!

Paris is a part of me. So excited for this book!

Watching the French Open on tv…Wishing I were there. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention.

I can’t get enough of Paris memoirs. Every author seems to notice something different about this city. I’m excited to get my hands on this book.

I just returned from a trip to Paris and of course fell in love with the city! Would love to read the book.

I love the descriptions of this book, the advice to savour the experiences, to soak it all in. Sounds wonderful and just the thing to keep me dreaming of Paris half a world away from me.

Laura Dias de Almeida

As a former Parisienne, I’m always curious about people’s views of Paris, and this book sounds just the ticket! Fingers crossed ^_^
Thanks for the post and the draw!

Reading about Paris is one of my favorite pastimes! Sounds like a delightful book!

I just returned home after 3 months in Paris. We were aiming for 12 months, but it didn’t work out. We plan on giving it another go in a few years. I would love to read this book.

I can’t remember how it was I found you and added your site to my google reader, but I’m glad I did.
I love the sound of this book. Here is my comment. Well that, and a thank you for this list of books.

I also spent my year abroad in Paris, these are my last few days – I’m leaving in two weeks and I guess Paris can’t make it any more difficult NOT to suffer from the thought of leaving it, leaving the life, the manner of enjoying every day – as at the moment. Overlooking it on the end of the warm, sunny day from the top of Park de Belleville with a bottle of red wine, barefeet, with lots of good people around you can definitely feel that Paris is in love with you. 🙂 I might even return one day, but until then you know that this year was really special and you won’t return to the same point in your life.

sounds like an interesting book, and i’m curious re the format of the book. must check it out.

Looking forward to reading this book!

There is so much goodness and beauty in Eloisa’s story. I can only imagine that you catch glimpse’s of such goodness in her writing.

I would love love love to have a copy of this book! Also because I dream one day of writing my own book on Paris. I am finding my inspiration all around me – and also from the writing experiences of others who have gone down the same path.



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