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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paris Letters- by Janice McLeod

I just finished reading Paris Letters by Janice McLeod. This memoir traces Janice's job as a copywriter at a Los Angeles advertising agency to her life in Paris. The book spans only a couple of years in Janet’s life. She decides to save her money, pay off her bills, quit her job and then travel through Europe for a year or two.  She falls in love in love in love in Paris with a Polish butcher. Janice speaks limited French, the butcher speaks French and Polish but limited English but they fall in love, move in together and ultimately marry.  The book is a tour guide, a love story and to some extent, a self- help book about what is really important in life. 

Janice describes her walks through Paris, her life, and her new career as an artist who paints "letter pictures" that she sells online.  If you like Paris this is a good read. It is a short book that can be picked up and set down at convenient breaks.

This book makes me want to go back to Paris with the Lovely Sharon; walking hand in hand and sitting lazily in the sun in one of the green metal chairs  in the Jardin du Luxembourg  and strolling through the Jardin des Tuileries. It makes me want buy a baguette or some cheese from a cafe window and nibble on it as we walk the Left Bank seeing what's for sale at the Book Stalls.

I can't recall how I became aware of Paris Letters but I do know I ordered it online from Amazon.

If you read it, let me know what you thought of it.  You might also want to check out Janice's website at 

I took these photos in Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin des Tuileries

Looking at Cheese

Bon Jour

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