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Paris Was Ours Paperback – Deckle Edge, February 8, 2011
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Rowlands has also edited two well-received anthologies, "The Beatles Are Here!" and "Paris Was Ours" -- in each case also contributing both the introduction and an essay of her own. She is the author of three books on design, including monographs on Jean Prouvé and Eileen Gray.
Her latest project, a biographical work about the later years of Aaron Burr, the controversial Founding Father, will be published in 2015.
Read more at www.peneloperowlands.com
Top Customer Reviews
Beyond artistic inspiration, in the twentieth century Paris represented personal freedom (and an insanely favorable exchange rate) for the "Lost Generation" of the 1920's who were stultified by Prohibition, and relief from racial discrimination for African-American artists ( James Baldwin, Nina Simone) in the 1950s and 60s. It is not clear what drives Americans to want to experience Paris today, and "Paris Was Ours" does not shed much light on that issue. In that regard, the most disappointing chapter comes from one of the more famous contributors, David Sedaris, whose scant essay is predictably humorous (and scatalogical) but could have been written anywhere. Instead, some of the more compelling chapters are those written by non-Americans. To Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Paris offers political freedom and escape from the revolutionary Iran of the late 1970s.Read more ›
These people have done some of the same things I have, lots of things I haven't and all write about it very well.
None of it reads like fiction, all of it is fun to read.
Those who know Paris will like the book, those who don't will want to join the first group.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an anthology of stories about people who have moved to Paris to live there. Experiences vary, and this is not a book by travel agents. Read morePublished 22 days ago by aleta
I enjoyed all the stories but since I do not speak or read French I believe much was lost. Many words were commonly known, such as merci'. Read morePublished 28 days ago by worldfamous
I really enjoyed this collection of essays. They are among the most interesting and most honest I've found. I hope Ms. Rowland continues to produce such good work.Published 5 months ago by Grifel
Entertaining personal stories of non Europeans settling in a superior Parisian culture. I will solidly agree with two of the writers that it is not difficult to spot the average... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Retire to Portugal
For someone who lived in Paris for 5 years, I must say I love this book. Very well-written.Published 12 months ago by J. Nixon