Paris, Baby!: An American Girl's Real-Life Adventures Having a Baby in the City of Lights

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St. Martin's Press, May 24, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

Is it possible to maintain chic as a single-mom-to-be in a city where it's all supposed to be effortless and breastfeeding is a horreur? Does one live by the Parisienne's pregnancy plan of smoking, drinking, and cheese-eating avec vin blanc, but jamais jamais gain more than six kilos? And how to handle a pickup attempt by a married man in the baby department of Bon Marché when you're eight months along? After all, American girls do things differently: Lamaze class and baby showers, sensible prenatal care to watch you proudly grow more and more pregnant.

Paris is full of delights for a new mom: the Luxembourg Gardens, baby boutiques too precious to be passed by, a petit brioche for a teething tot. But home exerts a powerful pull. Should your child grow up skipping by the Seine or scampering up a tree house? Should it be "Mommy" or "Maman"? And can a tall blonde with a taste for Veuve Cliquot and Vuitton ever make it in the land of mom jeans and Happy Meals?

Paris, Baby! is novelist Kirsten Lobe's warm, funny memoir about Paris, Frenchmen, friendship, babies, and making it on one's own.


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American woman, living in Paris for 8 years, becomes pregnant after short-term fling with British man who doesn't want to marry or stick around for the baby. She decides to have the baby & be a single ... Read full review

PARIS, BABY!: A Memoir

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The relentlessly egoistical account of an American expat's attempts at solo child-rearing in Paris.Fashion designer Lobe (Paris Hangover, 2006) was 39 and living footloose in the "staggeringly magical ... Read full review


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KIRSTEN LOBE is a former fashion designer, and the author of the novels Paris Hangover and French Trysts. She has lived in Tokyo, New York, Paris and Lake Geneva, and is now a citizen of the world.

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