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Paris: A Love Story [Hardcover]

Kati Marton
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Book Description

Aug. 14 2012
This is a memoir for anyone who has ever fallen in love in Paris, or with Paris.


is for anyone who has ever had their heart broken or their life upended.

In this remarkably honest and candid memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the heart of this deeply moving account. At every stage of her life, Marton finds beauty and excitement in Paris, and now, after the sudden death of her husband, Richard Holbrooke, the city offers a chance for a fresh beginning. With intimate and nuanced portraits of Peter Jennings, the man to whom she was married for fifteen years and with whom she had two children, and Holbrooke, with whom she found enduring love, Marton paints a vivid account of an adventuresome life in the stream of history. Inspirational and deeply human, Paris: A Love Story will touch every generation.

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"Kati Marton is a writer of great clarity and grace. Paris: A Love Story is a revealing memoir about the contours of her own humanity, rendered with precision and honesty. It is a memorable story of love, loss and landscape that is as expansive as her remarkable life." —Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

“A great read—the lightness of love, the drama of war and sudden death—with Paris in the background.” —Diane von Furstenberg

“Like the others—Didion, Joyce Carol Oates, and Abigail Thomas, to name a few—Marton defies the conventional wisdom that good writing is Wordsworthian emotion recollected in tranquility; she seems to be writing the story as it is happening. The book, short and intimate, reads like the wind from the urgency of the opening scene. ... Great writing is often about yearning, yearning for a lost place, a lost love, or just a lost moment in time. Marton knows a lot about longing for the past. ... This book feels like her way of keeping Richard Holbrooke alive if only on the page. It works.” —Susan Cheever, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

“Kati Marton has written movingly about her love, loss, and the healing power of an elegant city. She takes readers on a journey, as she writes, to find a place where there is joy in remembered joy.” —Diane Sawyer

“I stayed up last night and read this book cover to cover. I can’t remember the last time I did that. It is wonderful—touching, romantic and honest—and oh, how it made me want to go to Paris!” —Barbara Walters

“Marton offers an intimate look at her adventurous life in a book that is part romance, part travelogue, and part memoir of journalism and diplomacy.” —Booklist

“Paris provides a backdrop for this absorbing memoir of love and painful loss, played out on the larger stage of world politics….On a first-name basis with the political movers and shakers on a global stage, Marton has observed world politics in the making and makes space for readers on her catbird seat.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Kati Marton is the author of Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other books include The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History, Wallenberg, The Polk Conspiracy, and A Death in Jerusalem. She is an award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent. She lives in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get past the first chapter Dec 29 2013
I'm surprised at all the hype and the reviews of this book from well known people - surely friends of the author. I'm surprised at how poorly written the first chapter was. I was not interested in reading any further. A writer can be forgiven for some bad writing - but an editor cannot. It can work to move from past to present - but in this case - it didn't work. It can work to have dialog in text, with or without quotation marks (Saramago did it) but first of all - it has to be consistent. It didn't work here. There were simple punctuation errors. The prose began rather poetically and then became jarring. There was a lot of namedropping - which might impress Americans - and especially those in high places and interested in politics - it did not impress nor interest me. The first chapter has to grab the reader and leave them begging for more. I'm sorry that I wasn't inspired to read further - maybe she redeemed herself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Name Dropper Dec 8 2013
Who is Kati Marton? Well, she was the wife of two well-connected men and tagged along in their circles, dropping names as she went. Of course, it is always sad when one loses a husband. And when your very identity is based upon your husband's position, it can have tragic consequences indeed. Despite her loss of husband and status, this book makes it difficult to feel sorry for Kati as it portrays an extremely egotistical woman who wants to be remembered as well - for the ride. The book is well-written: in fact it is a quick read. But there was no substance to it - something you might find published by vanity press.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not completely credible. July 20 2013
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One line in Kati Marton's story threw me off. It did not seem true, but seemed to be a cover up for a major life decision she made. Perhaps that is the reason for my mediocre rating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars paris a love story Nov. 12 2012
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i found that the author spent too much time talking about her self. also if you have never been to paris you would not know what she is talking about. i gave it a three star because she is a very talented jounalist, just not my type.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Feb. 11 2014
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It was beyond my wildest expectations! It was so full of incredible emotion, as well as starling and amazing pieces of history and the people taking direct part in all of it, that I was nearly overcome with delight at the whole book. I never wanted it to end.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in history of the 20th Century as well as all people who delight in fabulous love stories.
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