My (Part-Time) Paris Life How Running Away Brought Me Home

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/11/2016
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

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Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in Lisa’s life—maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother—and her mother’s expectations?

Desperate for answers, she turns to her favorite city—Paris—and impulsively buys a small apartment, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as an act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Suddenly, she’s living like a local in a city she thought she knew, but her high school French, while fine for buying bread at the corner boulangerie, goes only so far when Paris gives her a strong dose of real life. From dating to homeownership in a foreign country, Lisa quickly learns it’s not all picnics on the Seine, and starts to doubt herself—and her love of the city. But she came to Paris to be happy, and she can’t give up now. Isn’t happiness worth fighting for?

In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, My (Part-time) Paris Life a story is for anyone who’s ever felt lost or hopeless, but still dreams of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman’s search for peace and meaning, and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness in the City of Light.

Author Biography

LISA ANSELMO spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing. Anselmo worked on the launch ofAllure, the re-launch of Details with James Truman, and the redesign of the New Yorker for Tina Brown at Condé Nast. In 2007, she joined Time Inc., where she headed creative for a group of iconic magazines such as InStyleand People. Anselmo started traveling to Paris regularly over ten years ago, and eventually built another life across the ocean.

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