Published by Createspace Independent Pub on January 12th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs
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 indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and maybe fall in love.In her first book, this cheeky storyteller and semi-professional drinker recounts the highs and lows of her life in Paris. Full of sass, shamefully honest admissions, and situations that seem too absurd to be true, you'll 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?
So, it’s well known that I don’t usually think too much of blogs turned books, but I was never acquainted with Vicki Lesage’s blog (which may be awesome, I haven’t explored the archives of the blog) before she started linking up with the Spread the Love 2.0 Linky Party.
Further communications with Vicki revealed that she had a kickass editor who told her how it was necessary to clean up the narrative, but she says that her blog was useful in recalling her memories for her memoir, which makes total sense.
But based on Vicki’s unrelated blog posts and her general sparkling personality (AND based on my enjoyment of lady memoirs) I decided to purchase her book and give it a spin. This memoir really is tons of fun and anyone who has never experienced European bureaucracy will find it a little unbelievable, but I can promise you from personal experience that Vicki is right on with how different overseas/European bureaucracy can be for Americans. The writing is solid and the narrative flows well, you definitely get the feel of the frustrations and wonders of what it means to be an ex-pat in Europe.
This book is sweet, amusing, and funny. It’s the perfect book for that trans-Atlantic flight to Paris that you’re about to board. I must say that in the next edition of this book she should definitely include the story about the David Sedaris incident.
Related: I think that her sequel Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer is fresh off the (virtual) presses!
Have you ever experienced bureaucratic and/or business culture shock, Readers?