Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

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Macmillan, Apr 24, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented itself to work for an advertising agency in Paris, he couldn't turn it down. Despite the fact that he had no experience in advertising. And despite the fact that he barely spoke French. After an unimaginable amount of red tape and bureaucracy, Rosecrans and his wife packed up their Brooklyn apartment and left the Big Apple for the City of Light. But when they arrived, things were not eactly what Rosecrans remembered from a family vacation when he was nine years old.

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down is a nimble comic account of observing the French capital from the inside out. It is an exploration of the Paris of Sarkozy, text-message romances, smoking bans, and a McDonald's beneath the Louvre—the story of an American who arrives loving Paris all out of proportion, but finds life there to be completely unlike what he expected. Over eighteen months, Rosecrans must rely on his dogged American optimism to get him through some very unromantic situations—at work (writing booklets on how to breast-feed, raise, and nurture children), at home (trying to finish writing his first novel in an apartment surrounded on all sides by construction workers), and at every confusing French dinner party in between. An offbeat update to the expat canon, Paris, I Love You is a book about a young man finding his preconceptions replaced by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy city—which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris for the second time.

 

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User Review  - michele.juza - LibraryThing

Loved this! It was hilarious. Even if you're not a lover of everything French (or don't have a "French connection") you will still find this book funny. It's a true story about the author & his wife's ... Read full review

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User Review  - etxgardener - LibraryThing

Anyone who harbors romantic dreams of living in Paris should read this book. Rosecrans Baldwin, who spent a year living in Paris and working at a French advertising agency, has written a thoughtful ... Read full review

Contents

THE GODDESS P
1
SEND IN THE CLOUDS
37
EGO TOURISM
133
THE REALEST
185
ART IS NOT A LUXURY
213
SOMETHING IS ADDED TO THE AIR FOREVER
263
Acknowledgments
289
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Rosecrans Baldwin's first novel, You Lost Me There, was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2010, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and a Time and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer 2010. He is a cofounder of the online magazine The Morning News.

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