Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Book Review: Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer
Diapers, tantrums, and French bureaucracy--the crazy life of an American mom in Paris.
Former party girl Vicki trades wine bottles for baby bottles, as this sassy mommy of two navigates the beautiful, yet infuriating, city of Paris.
How does she steer a stroller around piles of dog poop? Or find time for French administration between breastfeeding and business meetings? And will she ever lose the baby weight with croissants staring at her from every street corner?
This hilarious memoir will have you laughing, crying, and wiping up drool right alongside Vicki as she and her ever-patient French husband raise two children in the City of Light.
I read and loved "Confessions of a Paris Party Girl" so when the author emailed me and offered to send me a copy of her second book, "Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer," I jumped at the chance to read it. I loved her first book because she was so honest about her experiences living as an expat in France, and she was also very funny and luckily her second book had the same balance of wit and honesty and I ended up really enjoying it. I feel like Vicky and I have similar personalities and she is a fellow math major so I think we'd have the best time if we were able to meet up for a glass of wine some day!
The title of the book should make it fairly obvious that her second book is about her experiences raising children in France. I have not had children so can't relate to the experience of having children or raising children but nonetheless it was interesting to hear about her experiences in France from the difference in medical care to the differences in maternity policies to the day-to-day challenges of raising children - especially in a confined space!
If you like memoirs, books set in other countries, or reading about the parenting experiences of others then I recommend checking this book out. It's definitely a light, fun and fast read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for this review, and the opinions are my own.