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04-18-2013, 02:08 AM
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Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik: Gopnik and his wife Martha decided to move to Paris when their first-born was an infant. They planned on a five year stay because they thought Paris would be a better place for a child than New York and because they both wanted to move there for a while anyway. So, from 1995 to 2000, that's exactly what they did. Being a regular columnist for The New Yorker, Gopnik is part of a decades long tradition of insightful and humorous writers who have been correspondents for that magazine. He writes exceedingly well about Paris and what makes it different than any other city on earth. He amusingly dissects differences between Paris and New York, between France and North America, both large and small, in relation to culture, ways of thinking, views of the world, diametrically opposed business philosophies, the French tendency toward abstraction, the wonders of the city, the importance of pleasure, the vast significance placed on food and dining as well as the complexities of raising a child of American parents in Parisian culture. He comes up with no shortage of wry insights (For instance, concerning many American tourists in Paris: They behave as if any continued misunderstanding with a Parisian is "consequent on not yet having spoken English loudly enough.") If you dislike or are simply uninterested in Paris, this book is definitely not for you. If you are curious about Paris or, as is my case, smitten by the city, this book is essential reading.

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