Paris Was Ours

Paris Was Ours

Thirty-two Writers Reflect on the City of Light

Book - 2011
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In 32 personal essays--more than half of which are published for the first time--writers describe how they were seduced by Paris and then began to see things differently. Includes contributions by Diane Johnson, David Sedaris, Joe Queenan, and Edmund White.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781565129535
Characteristics: xvi, 279 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rowlands, Penelope


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 07, 2016

Paris Was Ours is a collection of essays from different expats who lived in Paris. Some of the authors moved to Paris just because they wanted to experience a foreign country. Others were forced to move there as political refugees. One author moved to Paris from Cuba with her diplomat husband. Another writer only wanted to visit Paris before realizing it wasn’t going to be easy to get back to Iran where her fiancé was waiting. Many of the stories discuss the beauty of Paris, but they also discuss the reality of it. It isn’t always the bohemian city people expect it to be. It is an expensive place to live. Still the essays all share a common: that every expat finds something different while living in Paris, and considers the city their own.

Cdnbookworm Mar 14, 2011

Paris is one of those magical cities that holds a certain mystique. I have only been to Paris once, in my youth, but my memories of it are still strong.
The writers here all lived or live now in Paris. They talk about their memories of the city, their feelings about the city, and how it compares to their lives elsewhere.
A wonderful collection, that awoke my own memories.

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