Book Review: Me, Myself and Paris by Ruth Yunker

Thursday, September 02, 2010 Posted by Dina N

I had not heard of humorist, columnist and blogger Ruth Yunker until I came across her new book, Me, Myself and Paris. Aptly subtitled One Toe Under the Eiffel Tower, the Other In the Grocery Store, this hilarious book covers Ms. Yunker's several trips to Paris. As someone who's been there, done that - gone to Paris, that is, not written the book - I must say that this is a delightful read that hits the proverbial nail on the head quite a few times.

The book consists of about three dozen relatively short chapters, each recounting a different Parisian experience. These chapters are not necessarily connected into a single narrative. They are more like humorous essays, little love letters to the great city of light but without an overdose of sentimentality. The writer is not a short-term tourist since each of her stays in Paris lasts 6 weeks. She does what in learning foreign languages is called "full immersion": rents an apartment, shops at the grocery store, speaks French. Her adventures cover navigating the metro, doing her laundry, going to yoga, and much more. The inevitable culture shock and Ms. Yunker's remarkable sense of humor make every story very entertaining. Whether it's climbing the Notre Dame, experiencing the many museums Paris has to offer, or describing the best almond croissant on Earth, Ms. Yunker made me chuckle and laugh out loud.

Me, Myself and Paris is a quick read that manages to be educational (probably unintended) as well as fun. Whether you have traveled to Paris, put a trip to France on your to-do list, or have no intention of ever venturing overseas, do check out Ms. Yunker's book.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: No compensation was provided for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and may differ from yours. I received a complimentary copy of the book to facilitate this review. Image courtesy of the author or PR firm.

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