Paris Was Ours

Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light

By Penelope Rowlands (Editor)
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565129535, 279pp.)

Publication Date: February 2011

List Price: $15.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.
Shop Local
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.


Paris is the world capital of memory and desire, concludes one of the writers in this intimate and insightful collection of memoirs of the city. Living in Paris changed these writers forever.
In thirty-two personal essays more than half of which are here published for the first time the writers describe how they were seduced by Paris and then began to see things differently. They came to write, to cook, to find love, to study, to raise children, to escape, or to live the way it's done in French movies; they came from the United States, Canada, and England; from Iran, Iraq, and Cuba; and a few from other parts of France. And they stayed, not as tourists, but for a long time; some are still living there. They were outsiders who became insiders, who here share their observations and revelations. Some are well-known writers: Diane Johnson, David Sedaris, Judith Thurman, Joe Queenan, and Edmund White. Others may be lesser known but are no less passionate on the subject.
Together, their reflections add up to an unusually perceptive and multifaceted portrait of a city that is entrancing, at times exasperating, but always fascinating. They remind us that Paris belongs to everyone it has touched, and to each in a different way.

About the Author
Penelope Rowlands is a journalist and critic and the author of many books. She has contributed to" Vogue", the "Wall Street Journal", "Architectural Digest", "Art and Auction", "Metropolis", and the "New York Times Magazine, " and her most recent anthology is Paris Was Ours.
Indie Bookstore Finder
EBbooks and EReaders
Find great gifts: Signed books
Link to IndieBound

Update Profile