Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review: Me, Myself, and Paris by Ruth Yunker

Me, Myself & Paris is author Ruth Yunker's droll pastiche of her days, free and unaccompanied, in Paris. Three years in a row she rents an apartment, stays for six weeks, and takes on Paris, half resident, half visitor. She is a short attention span tourist, a wide-eyed voyeur, and irreverence saves the day when the chips are down. Her stories are about bonhomie and savoir-faire, American style, while treading the hallowed and slippery cobblestones of Paris.

It's about every day errands, and sorties into dutiful sightseeing. It's about run-ins with grocery store cashiers and metro ticket agents. It's about desperately trying to speak French. It's about attempting to emulate the chic, windblown Parisian woman wearing no lipstick, while Ruth wouldn't be caught bare lipped outside the boudoir.

She conquers the metro, no mean feat for a Californian glued to a car. She hears ghosts in cathedrals, and smells bread toasting every morning across the courtyard. She learns to make correct change without her reading glasses. Comes to understand that direct eye contact is a flagrant disregard of manners, even when she most needs a hug.

Me, Myself & Paris is what Paris looks like, feels like, smells like, tastes like, to an American woman, free and unfettered, sense of humor and bonhomie alive and well, alone and loving it, in the most beautiful and temperamental city in the world.

Received from the author for review.

This one gets four stars.  It was utterly delightful!  It was humorous, touching, and thoroughly enjoyable!  My favorite stories were Eye Contact and Exact Change as anyone who has traveled abroad can especially appreciate them!  It was beautifully written so you felt as if you were right there with the author.  This charming book would also make a perfect gift!

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Paris Twice A Year said...

I really enjoyed this book as it could have been written (maybe not so cleverly!) by my husband, my sister and me. My husband and I own a fractional apartment in the Marais in Paris. One does live a different life in an apartment rather than a hotel!

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