Monday, July 24, 2017

G887 A Paris All YOur Own; Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light

Title of the book: A Paris All YOur Own; Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light

Author: Eleanor Brown, J. Courtney Sullivan, Michelle Gable, Ellen Sussman, Susan Vreeland, Megan Crane, Paula McLain, Jennifer L. Scott, Cara Black, M.J Rose, Jennifer Coburn, Cathy Kelly, Rachel Hore, Julie Powell, Lauren Willig, Therese Ann Fowler, Maggie Shipstead, Meg Waite Clayton

Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons

Publishing Date: 2017

ISBN: 978-0-399-57447-4

Summary:

A collection of all-new Paris-themed essays written by some of the biggest names in women's fiction, including Paula McLain, Therese Anne Fowler, Maggie Shipstead, and Lauren Willig, edited by Eleanor Brown, the New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris.

"My time in Paris," says New York Times-bestselling author Paula McLain (The Paris Wife), "was like no one else's ever." For each of the eighteen bestselling authors in this warm, inspiring, and charming collection of personal essays on the City of Light, nothing could be more true.
While all of the women writers featured here have written books connected to Paris, their personal stories of the city are wildly different. Meg Waite Clayton (The Race for Paris) and M. J. Rose (The Book of Lost Fragrances) share the romantic secrets that have made Paris the destination for lovers for hundreds of years. Susan Vreeland (The Girl in Hyacinth Blue) and J. Courtney Sullivan (The Engagements) peek behind the stereotype of snobbish Parisians to show us the genuine kindness of real people.

From book club favorites Paula McLain, Therese Anne Fowler (Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald), and anthology editor Eleanor Brown (The Light of Paris) to mystery writer Cara Black (Murder in the Marais), historical author Lauren Willig (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation), and memoirist Julie Powell (Julie and Julia), these Parisian memoirs range from laugh-out-loud funny to wistfully romantic to thoughtfully somber and reflective.

Perfect for armchair travelers and veterans of Parisian pilgrimages alike, readers will delight in these brand-new tales from their most beloved authors.

Author Info:

Eighteen writers contributed to the book, so it will take way too long to write down their mini biographies. (Will do that in the anthology review section) Here are the authors though:

Eleanor Brown (Introduction and Failing at Paris)
J. Courtney Sullivan (Thirteen Ways of Looking at a French Woman)
Michelle Gable (Too Much Paris)
Ellen Sussman (Paris is Your Mistress)
Susan Vreeland (A Myth, a Museum, and a Man)
Megan Crane (French for "Intrepid")
Paula McLain (Paris, Lost and Found)
Jennifer L. Scott (The Passion of Routine)
Cara Black (Investigating Paris)
M.J Rose (My Paris Dreams)
Jennifer Coburn (We'll Never Have Paris)
Cathy Kelly (Reading Paris)
Rachel Hore(Finding Paris's Hidden Past)
Julie Powell (Secret Eatings)
Lauren Willig (Until We Meet Again)
Therese Ann Fowler (A Good Idea?)
Maggie Shipstead (Paris Alone)
Meg Waite Clayton (Thirty-four THings you should know about Paris)

Personal Opinion:

Truthfully, I have never been to Paris, although yes, I do want to go and experience it one day, I hope. The book and its stories are really reminiscent of a kaleidoscope; one never sees the same Paris through these eighteen memorable and unique stories with experiences that range from good to bad. What is obvious is an impact that Paris has had on the writers and that the reader will experience a Paris as a tourist as well as someone who has been there for a long time (depends on the story.) In other words, no story or experience is the same. Highly recommended for those who want to travel to Paris or who have been there before.

This was given to me for an honest opinion

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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