Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in Lisa s life maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn t built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose.Read more...
Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in Lisa s life maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn t built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother and her mother s expectations?
Desperate for answers, she turns to her favorite city Paris and impulsively buys a small apartment, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as an act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Suddenly, she s living like a local in a city she thought she knew, but her high school French, while fine for buying bread at the corner boulangerie, goes only so far when Paris gives her a strong dose of real life. From dating to homeownership in a foreign country, Lisa quickly learns it s not all picnics on the Seine, and starts to doubt herself and her love of the city. But she came to Paris to be happy, and she can t give up now. Isn t happiness worth fighting for?
In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, My (Part-time) Paris Life a story is for anyone who s ever felt lost or hopeless, but still dreams of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman s search for peace and meaning, and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness in the City of Light."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-11
- Reviewer: Staff
In this enjoyable, self-searching memoir, Anselmo embraces her fears and makes a decision that changes her life. Living in New York and working as a top creative director for Time Inc., she loved her job, which allowed her to travel to Paris regularly. But beneath the polished surface, Anselmo struggled for independence from a controlling mother whom she loved dearly yet who also inhibited her personal growth. When Anselmo’s mother dies from breast cancer, she is shattered; in time, she begins to build a new life for herself. She purchases an apartment in a working class neighborhood of Paris and immerses herself in everyday Parisian life. When her apartment develops what initially seems to be a small leak, Anselmo finds herself caught up in the Byzantine French labor laws, yet the author persists in creating a new home for herself. She makes new friends, improves her French, and starts a blog. Anselmo writes intimately about her complex relationship with her mother and how her fears shaped her view of life. “It was time to stop waiting to live, and to just live. To liberate myself from perfection and put myself out there-flaws, pain, and all.” In the end, this is a sweet and inspiring account of one woman’s taxing yet rewarding search for peace, happiness, and contentment in the City of Light. (Oct.)