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"Whether you read it front to back or flip through, reading the stories out of order, you'll finish it with a deep understanding of the enormous and beautiful complexity of Paris."
-- Global Living Magazine

"Fun anthology on Paris, combining serious, whimsy, and funny stories on the multiple facets of Paris. Great for all lovers of France."
-- Emma Cazabonne, Words and Peace


"Perfect for armchair travel enthusiasts who want to get away anytime they have a few spare minutes."
-- Lynn Morrison, The Nomad Mom Diary

About the Author

That's Paris is a collection of fiction and non-fiction stories from people who have traveled to Paris, lived in Paris or never even set foot in Paris but dreamed about what it would be like to visit. Among our contributors are: the author of three fashion books, the writer of a recently released book on Rwanda, Amazon best-selling authors, journalists, a personal chef and winners of various blogging awards. That's Paris features new talent as well as established writers, but everyone has one thing in common—their stories capture the essence of what it's like to breathe Parisian air.

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Foreword by: Stephen Clarke

Authors: Michael Attard, Audrey M. Chapuis, Adria J. Cimino, Sarah del Rio, DryChick, Leslie Floyd, Jennie Goutet, Amy Lynne Hayes, April Lily Heise, Vicki Lesage, Elle Marie, Cheryl McAlister, Emily Monaco, Lucia Paul, Didier Quémener, Laura Schalk, Brooke Takhar, Marie Vareille, Frédérique Veysset, Lisa Webb, Anna Weeks, April Weeks, David Whitehouse

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Velvet Morning Press (January 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692340114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692340110
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Ah, Paris.

Just the word evokes images that inspire the very essence of Europe, in all its splendor and insouciance, the laissez-faire lifestyle, the casual beauty, the easy unassuming atmosphere. From sunlit cafes to iconic architecture to some of the most unique social mores and some of the oddest laws in existence, the city of Paris is nothing if not wholly spectacular.

Welcome, then, to THAT'S PARIS!: AN ANTHOLOGY OF LIFE, LOVE AND SARCASM IN THE CITY OF LIGHT, to be released in Kindle edition on February 2 (print edition published just this month) by Velvet Morning Press.

Featuring essays, anecdotes, and personal stories, the anthology is an absolute triumph whose success lies in its ability to convey the dozens of facets that, together, comprise the sparkling gem that is the City of Light.

Some of the contributions are tongue-in-cheek, like "(Mis)Adventures at Sacre-Coeur" by Amy Lynne Hayes, who writes about the time she visited Paris with her ex and his new girlfriend (talk about awkward!).

Some contributions are self-deprecating, as are "The French Table, a Test of Mettle" by Audrey M. Chapuis (about her experience with French cuisine) and "Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs" by Vicki Lesage (a roll-on-the-floor-in-sympathetic-laughter treatise of an odder aspect of French culture).

Some of the writing represents the more ridiculous ("This One Time in Paris" by Sarah del Rio) and some of it, the miraculous ("Half Past Midnight" by Didier Quemener). Often, the works are both touching and heartbreaking ("A Scoop of Henry" by Cheryl McAlister, or "Love Unlocked" by Adria J. Cimino, or "Les Urgences" by David Whitehouse).
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First, I need to say i received a free digital edition of this book from Reading Deals Review Club in exchange for an honest review. Second I want to say that I don't always enjoy the books they have on offer and am disappointed ina lot of their offerings. Third i want to say That's Paris! is an excellent anthology of stories based in the city of Paris! I thoroughly enjoyed it! There are stories from every taste from romance to history, from memoir to Gothic. Some are funny while others tug at the heartstrings. There are even a few stories with both an English and French version. I have never been to Paris and probably will never get the chance to visit that amazing city but the great thing about reading is books can take you there and you don't even have to leave your house! Finally I want to say That's Paris! is a great addition to any reader's French related books collection.
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Not since Baldwin's Giovanni's Room has a book taken me to Paris is such a visceral way. Anyone who has ever studied, lived or visited Paris will immediately connect with the feelings of being so blatantly foreign yet wanting to blend in. One of my favorite stories, The Little Book of Funerals, captures an American's fascination with the Parisian sidewalk café. Why are French people so much better in every aspect at sitting outside, drinking and eating?
You may never be considered a Parisian if you are not born there but it's clear from That's Paris, foreigners, in the tradition of Baldwin, Hemingway and Stein, are better at observing and reporting on the magic in the city of lights. But this more recent lost generation of writers provides many more laughs.
This holiday season, everyone I know who has done a semester in Paris or anyone who has simply had a one night stand while on a French business trip, will be gifted That's Paris.
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Okay, so I know that people are beyond using the phrase "all the feels" but "One Book, Every Emotion" is way too stiff for this charming tome, so we'll stick with the original headline, thank you.

I've never been. And I hate all the French stereotypes. Even worse, I believe all the French stereotypes. Because, of course, I've never been.

But this book makes me want to go so bad. It is delightful, sad, hysterical, endearing. You will feel transported and elevated. Charmed. That's the best word I can use to describe it. Of course it's perfect for francophiles. That's the easy group to win over. To get someone like me to swoon over a Paris night--that was the ultimate test of this book's appeal.

I could go into each essay (essay's a French word by the way) and review each fractal of this multifaceted experience, but that would make this review longer than the book. What you should know about this book: it's something you'll want to read again and again. It's a book for every mood you're in. It's a collection of new friends, foods, and FRENCH THINGS.

ONE of the best parts--at the end of the book are bios for all of the contributors. Almost all have social media links and URLs to thier blogs. So you get to meet a whole new group of insanely talented writers without ever having to say "adieu."
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Lovely collection of short stories. Just about everything is covered, from love, heartbreak, cuisine, to dealing with bureaucracy and much more all set in vibrant Paris.

As a self-proclaimed Francophile I thoroughly enjoyed the variety and the unmistakable Paris vibe of each story, knowing the setting is Paris is intoxicating enough for this reader. There is something magical and seductive regarding Paris albeit in person or on paper, I was mesmerized from the start.

Every story was interesting and brought its individuality to the table. The unique writing style of the authors along with their varied perspectives added layers of interest. A story catching me off guard Half past Midnight by Didier Quémener, memorable, haunting.

Short story fans, Francophiles will undoubtedly appreciate this well crafted collection.
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