Wine, romance, and French bureaucracy – the ups and downs of an American’s life in Paris. This laugh-out-loud memoir is almost too funny to be true!
Drinking too much bubbly. Meeting sappy Frenchmen who have girlfriends or are creeps or both. Encountering problème after problème with French bureaucracy. When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to taste wine, stuff her face with croissants, and maybe fall in love.
In her first book, this long-time blogger and semi-professional drinker recounts the ups and downs of her life in Paris. Full of sass, shamefully honest admissions, and situations that seem too absurd to be true, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re stumbling along the cobblestones with her.
Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?
OK this book was just plain fun for me to read. You all know that I am a total Francophile so any book that is set in Paris is sure to be a hit with me, but I especially liked this one. She has a fun writing style that made me laugh and smile quite a bit and I could totally relate to some of the frustrating aspects of living in Paris - like how stores often times won't accept big bills (like a 50 euro note) or how confusing their floor numbering system is (the 1st floor is often up a level).
Reading this book gave me a look at what life would have been like if I had moved to Paris and fallen in love, so it was a nice little virtual escape for me. Also in general the author is just very likeable and witty and I feel like we would hit it off and have a great wine or coffee date if we were to ever met as we both clearly love Paris - AND we are both math majors!
I recommend this for other Francophiles or anyone who wants a light, fun read that provides a little virtual escape.
Vicki Lesage is an IT Director by day, writer by night. And a full-time nerd. She loves fondue, wine, math, and zombies.
She lives in Paris with her French husband and rambunctious son.