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

Rosecrans Baldwin

Picador

A self-described Francophile since the age of nine, Rosecrans Baldwin had always dreamed of living in France. So when an offer presented itself to work at a Parisian ad agency, he couldn’t turn it down—even though he had no experience in advertising, and even though he hardly spoke French.

But the Paris that Rosecrans and his wife, Rachel, arrived in wasn’t the romantic city he remembered, and over the next eighteen months, his dogged American optimism was put to the test: at work (where he wrote booklets on breastfeeding), at home (in the hub of a massive construction project), and at every confusing dinner party in between. A hilarious and refreshingly honest look at one of our most beloved cities, Paris, I Love You is the story of a young man whose preconceptions are usurped by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy metropolis—which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris a second time.

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The sun above Paris was a mid-July clementine. I bought copies of Le Monde and the Herald Tribune at a kiosk and climbed the stairs to my new office on the Champs-Elysées. For three hours, I mugged at a laptop, trying to figure out how the e-mail system worked. My fingers were chattering. I spent long, spacey minutes trying to find the @ key. They’d given me a keyboard mapped for French speakers, with the letters switched around.
For the rest of the day, strangers approached and handed me folders, speaking to me in French while I panicked inside. A sentence
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  • The Originals Series: Rosecrans Baldwin and Eleanor Friedberger

    David Rees hosted Rosecrans Baldwin, author of Paris I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down", and musical guest Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces). The show was held at Studio X in Manhattan, courtesy of Geoff Manaugh and BLDG BLOG.

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Praise for Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

“A Judd Apatow film in the waiting...Very, very funny.”—John Freeman, The Boston Globe

“Deftly written, with a wry style and liberally deployed irony...Very funny.”—Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic

“A picture of what it’s like to live and work—like, work work—in a city understood by most Americans only through tourist goggles…So necessary and welcome.”—Daniel Riley, GQ

“Baldwin and his wife, Rachel—as well as the Parisians he came to know—are funny and idiosyncratic, and it’s a pleasure to spend time with them....A love story about the city and its people.”—Eloisa James, NPR

“A hilarious, keenly observed, and surprisingly poignant journey into the Parisian state of mind.”—Anthony Doerr, author of Four Seasons in Rome

“Americans in Paris are a common literary trope, but Rosecrans Baldwin has rejuvenated it....A wryly astute fish-out-of-water memoir.”—Teddy Wayne, The Huffington Post

“A charming entry into the expat canon, this book is Baldwin’s true story of moving to his favorite city in the world—favorite to the tune of obsession, mind you—and realizing it’s not quite as he had imagined.”—Emily Temple, Flavorwire

Baldwin proves that with the right attitude, everything in this perhaps most magically remembered of all cities is either beautiful, hilarious, or both, and his friendly voice and approachable style will grab those who want to be there and those who have never been.”—Annie Bostrom, Booklist

“A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne as experienced by  an observant young American...his vivid impressions of Paris and its people (expats included) are most engaging. Great fun and surprisingly touching. Great fun and surprisingly touching.”—Kirkus (starred review)

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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Paris, I Love You, American-style
With his "charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne,” Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down, about to hit bookstores, Rosecrans Baldwin set off on a two-week tour of U.S. towns (and one Vegas casino) named Paris.
- FSG's Work in Progress
Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Toby Barlow & Rosecrans Baldwin
Americans continue to visit Paris not just for Paris, but for 'Paris,'" Rosecrans Baldwin, author of Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down, wrote in an email. "As if out of some collective nostalgia for what Paris should be, more than what it is." He was writing to Toby Barlow, author of Sharp Teeth and, most recently, Babayaga
- FSG's Work in Progress

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  • Rosecrans Baldwin

  • 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.
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