Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

by Rosecrans Baldwin

Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

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Francophile Rosecrans Baldwin haphazardly relocates to Paris, despite his lack of French language skills. He describes how the region considerably differed from his expectations, and how he tapped into his American optimism to overcome cultural challenges.

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Reading Romance Between (And Under) The Covers

If the previous three books feature fictional characters who are wittier than the rest of us hope to be, Rosecrans Baldwin's first memoir, Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down, dips into the reality, while staying in roughly the same territory.

A few years ago, Baldwin (whose first novel, You Lost Me There, was one of NPR's Best Books of 2010), wangled

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When Rosecrans Baldwin is hired by a French advertising agency, it comes with a required civic education class. There he learns that "in France, we say we are French before we are anything else." And just what constitutes being French is fodder for his keen observations about the City of Light. Although he and his wife experience bureaucracy everywhere — they have to submit copies of a recent bill, passport, apartment lease, residency application, proof of health insurance and photos just to

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