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Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down Hardcover – Apr 24 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374146683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374146689
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #366,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for You Lost Me There:

"Baldwin's prose is wise and nimble, clever without being self-conscious, true to the myriad voices of his characters...Moving and genuine." -- The Washington Post

About the Author

Rosecrans Baldwin's first novel, You Lost Me There, was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2010, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and a Time and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer 2010. He is a cofounder of the online magazine The Morning News, which hosts the annual Tournament of Books. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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The most overhyped book I've bought. I was suckered by positive reviews in cool publications. I fell for the hype and bought the books. It's garbage. Read like someone's very dull diary. If you want to read about adventures in France then read Hemingway, infinitely better than this garbage. HUGE yawnfest.
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I really enjoyed this book: the author comes across as having a gentle spirit and pulls you into his experiences in Paris and very much maintains your interest without there being hugely dramatic events in the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb1c3aab0) out of 5 stars 82 reviews
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e78fd8) out of 5 stars OK snark with a French twist June 21 2012
By Rushmore - Published on
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What this is: a rather funny, edgy memoir of a guy and his wife who lived in Paris for a while. The guy worked in advertising and wrote a novel. His wife looked for ways to keep busy.

What this is not: the definitive portrait of life in Paris for Americans.

Rosecrans Baldwin is a funny guy with an unusual name, and he gets an opportunity with all kinds of funny possibilities: he is offered a position in an advertising agency in Paris. He is supposed to bring the American viewpoint. People in advertising often have a reputation for being, shall we say, quirky, and Baldwin's co-workers definitely are. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that his first ad campaign is about breastfeeding, so he is surrounded by images of breasts all day long. So OK, the humor is not particularly subtle.

Rosecrans and his wife Rachel build a circle of friends. They go to parties. They eat French food and drink French wine. And after a while they decide they are ready to go back to America - not really a spoiler in view of the title.

It's a funny book, but not laugh-out-loud funny for me. Being of the female persuasion, when I read memoirs by married men I often find myself wishing for more of the wife in the story. Unfortunately for Rachel, she is not as quirky as some of the other people in Rosecrans's orbit. She is not neglected exactly. She has a really beautiful moment in this narrative. But really it's mostly about him.

After a glut of reverent memoirs about buying villas in Tuscany and Provence, this book is a refreshing change.

I do recommend it for anyone who's curious about what it's really like to live in Paris, or just generally to be an expat. It's a well-told story with plenty of funny details.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb1c3cdd4) out of 5 stars A Book You'll Really Want to Like June 8 2012
By Graham Bell - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
As someone who is planning on going on a "Big Trip" of my own soon, I was naturally drawn to these sorts of travel books. The unfortunate part of this book is that while it's very well written, it's actually kind of boring. Mr. Baldwin does his best to spice it up with some wit and humour, but even as MOST of the jokes land, you can't help but feel like nothing is really going on. Simply put, this book has no hook. There are no huge moments, no insights that you couldn't get from reading a site on the net or watching an episode of No Reservations. That such a flat story can be told in a way that compels you to finish the book is a testament to Rosencrans Baldwin's ability as an author. His descriptions are well written and suitably flowery for a book about Paris, and the dialog is punchy. I would genuinely love to read something by Mr. Baldwin where something actually happens. As for this book, though, read it for the beautiful descriptions of Paris, but the rest is pretty blah.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45dbc30) out of 5 stars AWESOME Book- BUY IT April 26 2012
By Christopher - Published on
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This book, was real, hilarious and evoked the romance of living in Paris but with the realities of Living in Paris. Even if you have not lived in Paris ( I have for very short stints), you can appreciate the idea of being a foreigner even in a place as friendly and western as Paris.

The author style is fluid and so familiar you will breeze through this book as if he was telling you his story in person.

Best book I have read all year.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4896438) out of 5 stars Dull and pointless. June 19 2013
By Dan Mx - Published on
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I'm really not sure what book some of these other people read.

Ok now I know everybody hates a negative review but I abide by honesty in my life and after reading this book
i'm left with alot of negative impressions, which make it impossible to be positive about this book.

First off, I'm not sure I even like the guy. I'm an expat also but I really can't identify with him.
The author obviously has a tremendous ego. I can't get over how he gets this pefect dream job that
allows him to live in Paris and at the same time make several expense paid trips to other cities and
countries of which he barely even seems interested in. Yet he never once implies that he's happy about
the opportunity he has to live in Paris. The whole year he lives there it seems he's more interested in partying
and clubbing then actually exploring the real France. For someone that could only budget one nights dinner out
a month, how could he possibly pay for all the cover charges and drinks at the clubs he went to?

He does not pull off the "Fish out of water" story very well. His writing style just doesnt lend to humour.
He writes very dryly and unemotionally, obviously each little chapter is an expansion on some journal entry he made while living in France. How is he going to write humourously if he never shows any emotions himself?
I would have liked a bit more detail as to what went on at the office. He just snips in and out on a few things
like him mispronouncing a word and his coworkers obscene replies to what he says, and then passes it off as humour.
If he actually showed some embarrassment for what he has mispronounced perhaps that would be funny, but then again his ego.

I noticed he doesn't like other Ex-pats, nor people younger then him. I can understand distancing himself from other Americans in order to immerse oneself into another culture but his year spent in France was not an immersion per se.
He had a wife and his semi french/american life to come home to every day.

He does eems to enjoy France as does his wife but she's unhappy because of the construction going on
around the apartment and instead of getting another one, just continues to live there for a year
while she suffers.

This book just feels like the author took his journal and forced himself to write a book about his year in France
without anything really profound or life changing ever happening. Maybe it could have, but I feel like Rosecrans is
one of these guy's thats been given everything in life by his parents and could never be able to appreciate his good
fortune in actually getting a job in Paris. Pair that with his ego and total lack of emotion and his experience in Paris would obviously be dull.

I bought this book hoping to gain some insight into France and her people. Perhaps I did learn a few small things but other books such as Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light give so much more insight into the city and in such a beautiful poetic way that this book seems like a waste of paper in comparasion.

The whole time that I was reading this book I was asking myself why was it printed? Did Rosecrans have such a huge success with his other books that this one received automatic acceptance?

Anyways, give this one a big miss.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5586b34) out of 5 stars HILARIOUS and oh so witty! vive la différence!!!! April 29 2012
By Mark Wayne - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I like books about the French that contrast the differences between America and France without overly bashing either county. Hey, we just think differently. It helped that he and his wife moved there while still in their 20s; they were open-minded and adventurous. He's a good writer and that makes this non-fiction read like a story with characters, like Bruno, his oh-so-French co-worker. It made me laugh, and I read it in a day.