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That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light Paperback – January 20, 2015
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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.
Check out the full list of contributors and their bios.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.
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."
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found some of some of the storing quite boring, and I say "some"because I only read half of them, I just couldn't continue reading anymore.Published 1 month ago by GabrielMagno
What a delightful collection!
Some history and some outrageously interesting and delightful!
Like the last!
One won't be disappointed I taking the time to enjoy.
I love Paris! I love the language of the French people, and the Paris rooftops, and the little cafés sprinkled around the city where you can enjoy French pastries and tea... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacki Murray
This book was not what I expected but after reading it, I did enjoy it a lot. I love to read anything about Paris. Read morePublished 4 months ago by golflsp
I want more! I really loved this book. Some stories were touching. Some charming. Some humorous. All different. All good. They engaged the senses. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A light read with some nice memories of Paris. I have been to Paris many times an some of the stories struck a chord. If you have never been, worth reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patricia A. Adams