Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down (Paperback)

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This is the kind of book that prompted me, repeatedly, to type huge chunks of text on my friends' Facebook walls. I'd get home from work, pick up my roommate's ornery orange cat, and read until I fell asleep for three days straight. My poor Parisian pal Louis got subjected to lots of snarky tweeted quotes, and my roommates got thoroughly sick of my professions of wanderlust. Basically, I loved this memoir that painted Paris as both fickle and alluring, a city of smog and light. Rosecrans (a local fella!) never worked in truisms, opting instead for snark and sass. By the end, I was wistful -- I didn't want my virtual travel to end!

— Linnie


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.

About the Author

Rosecrans Baldwin is the author of You Lost Me There and Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down. He lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…

“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)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250033352
ISBN-10: 1250033357
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: June 25th, 2013
Pages: 304
Language: English