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Paris Letters Paperback – February 21, 2020
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"Charming ... How memorist Janice MacLeod rewrote her life story, one gorgeously illustrated letter at a time" - Flare Magazine
"Written as though to best friend telling her story over lattes-or café crème. Relatable and inspiring ... cleverly crafted with wit and unexpected wisdom" - New York Journal of Books
"Janice MacLeod's charming Paris Letters takes us on her starry-eyed discovery of Paris, the joys of learning the French language, a unique career in art and, best of all, the romance of a lifetime! C'est bon!" - Lynne Martin, author of Home Sweet Anywhere
"Aspirational fiction? No, a true story to inspire similar dreamers out there." - National Geographic's "Intelligent Travel"
"Through Janice's letters to friends and subscribers, as well as her writings, we can discover the delights she finds ... Follow your heart and dare to live your dreams but prepare for them first" - Dear Author
"I can't do justice to their beautiful love story-you need to read a firsthand account." - CanadianLiving.com
"Paris Letters will inspire people ... MacLeod's finding her bliss gives everyone else hope that the impossible is anything but." - Shelf Awareness
"Escape for a few hours with this delightful and breezy memoir from a Canadian writer and artist living in Paris. " - Canadian Family
- Publisher : Sourcebooks (February 21, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1402288794
- ISBN-13 : 978-1402288791
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.68 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #154,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1990 , my 3 daughters, a sister and my brother and I spent 3 weeks touring France by car, a Renault van. It was perfect. We started in Paris, then Monet's gardens in Givenchy, Honfleur, The Besches of Normandy, Mt. St. Michelle, Divan, the Loire Valley, Ambrose, (twice), many cathedrals, Lourdes, The French Riviera, back to Paris for the last week. It was a fantastic trip. Reading your letters brought many pleasant memories back to me, almost like I had been there again. Your book was awesome. I really enjoyed it. I get your letters regularly, a gift from my daughter, Elizabeth Miller, along with her sister, Anne, who both speak French relatively well enough to gracefully get us all around France.
I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy France. My daughter, Elizabeth Miller, who recommended your book to me and bought me one also sent me a subscription to your Paris Letters which I receive regularly and enjoy
Thank you, Janice.
I've done solo trips to Paris, and also had a boyfriend there for a few years, so I could relate to much of the difficulties with language and the difference in culture. The drawings and letters that were interspersed within the book added much to it. and they brought back (thank you!) memories of sites and places. This isn't just "girl goes to Paris, meets man, and they live happily ever after", because life doesn't work quite like that. Rather, the author describes the uncertainty and problems along the way: the long-lasting and life-changing decisions to be made, the feelings of being an outsider, leaving what is familiar for what isn't, and all that she did to make this happen. This doesn't come without a whole lot of soul-searching, and the author shares that with us.
The ending section of how to save / not spend $100 a day is not only for those wanting to go to Paris, but good all-around financial advice that I've already incorporated into my life.
Besides the story, the author's writing is wonderful. Descriptive, honest and open, she kept me reading, often breathless and not wanting to stop.
Curl up with this book, pour yourself a glass of wine, shut the phone and TV off, and immerse yourself into la vie and l'amour Parisian, vicariously through someone who made it happen and tells you how. You won't regret it.
Top reviews from other countries
This was a well-written, engaging memoir. Often I don't like these 'enlightenment' memoirs--it is easy for the writer to come off a bit of a know-it-all or smug. Or the writing meanders and lacks any structure. Luckily this book avoids all those pitfalls. I found her story funny, romantic and inspiring. It makes me look at my own life and consider the things I hold onto out of comfort or habit that no longer work for me. Highly recommended.
This book is Janice's story of how she made the move from North America to Paris but there is much more to it than that. Part love story, part travelogue, part art book, part guide to thriftiness and at its core, its about having the courage to follow your dreams and the good things that can happen when you do.
I really enjoyed it. I don't normally read books like this but maybe I should. It was a good read and also quite inspiring, albeit I haven't yet given up my job to follow my dreams.
Since reading it I have purchased it for a friend and also bought subscriptions to Janice's Paris Letters (on Etsy) for myself and others.
If the publishers produced a paper copy which had colour illustrations on nice shiny paper I would buy it all over again (hint - please do it!)