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Paris to the Moon
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date September 1, 2001
Pages 342
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375758232
ISBN-10 0375758232
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Revisiting a recurring American obsession with the French city, the New Yorker writer takes a fresh look at modern Paris and what it means to Americans as he describes his own relationship with the City of Light. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 100,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafés, breathtaking façades around every corner--in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been Americans.

In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. Gopnik is a longtime New Yorker writer, and the magazine has sent its writers to Paris for decades--but his was above all a personal pilgrimage to the place that had for so long been the undisputed capital of everything cultural and beautiful. It was also the opportunity to raise a child who would know what it was to romp in the Luxembourg Gardens, to enjoy a croque monsieur in a Left Bank café--a child (and perhaps a father, too) who would have a grasp of that Parisian sense of style we Americans find so elusive.

So, in the grand tradition of the American abroad, Gopnik walked the paths of the Tuileries, enjoyed philosophical discussions at his local bistro, wrote as violet twilight fell on the arrondissements. Of course, as readers of Gopnik's beloved and award-winning "Paris Journals" in The New Yorker know, there was also the matter of raising a child and carrying on with day-to-day, not-so-fabled life. Evenings with French intellectuals preceded middle-of-the-night baby feedings; afternoons were filled with trips to the Musée d'Orsay and pinball games; weekday leftovers were eaten while three-star chefs debated a "culinary crisis."

As Gopnik describes in this funny and tender book, the dual processes of navigating a foreign city and becoming a parent are not completely dissimilar journeys--both hold new routines, new languages, a new set of rules by which everyday life is lived. With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth century. "We went to Paris for a sentimental reeducation-I did anyway-even though the sentiments we were instructed in were not the ones we were expecting to learn, which I believe is why they call it an education."

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679444923
 
Large print edition from G K Hall & Co (July 1, 2001)
9780783893983 | details & prices | 479 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Paris.
from Random House Inc (September 1, 2000)
9780679444923 | details & prices | 338 pages | 6.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Revisiting a recurring American obsession with the French capital, the author takes a look at Paris and what it means to Americans as he describes his own relationship with the city.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780375758232
 
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Reprint edition from Random House Inc (September 1, 2001)
9780375758232 | details & prices | 342 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Revisiting a recurring American obsession with the French capital, the author takes a look at Paris and what it means to Americans as he describes his own relationship with the city.
Miscellaneous
Unabridged edition from Findaway World Llc (April 1, 2007)
9781602520103 | details & prices | List price $29.99
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781565114920
 
Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (January 23, 2001)
9781565114920 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Revisiting a recurring American obsession with the French capital, the author takes a look at Paris and what it means to Americans as he describes his own relationship with the city.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781565114913
 
Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (March 1, 2001)
9781565114913 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Revisiting a recurring American obsession with the French city, the New Yorker writer takes a fresh look at modern Paris and what it means to Americans as he describes his own relationship with the City of Light.

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