Paris, Baby: Review and Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

Do you remember the first time you were pregnant? Telling your friends your family? Realizing how much your life was going to change? Gaining weight or feeling sick or reveling in the radiant glow?

What about that first year or so of parenting? Sometimes pregnancy can be so difficult that it seems that actually taking care of the baby should be a breeze, but that’s rarely so. Kirsten Lobe tackles all of these topics in her memoir Paris, Baby!

That’s right — Paris. Not only is Kirsten having a baby, but she’s having a baby as an American in Paris. And did I mention that she’s 40 and single?

This is a delightful book — funny and candid. It will appeal to anyone who wants to relive her own first experiences with motherhood (or laugh as you give thanks that it’s NOT you), or anyone who ever lived far away from home and loved and hated aspects of another country.

Lobe practiced attachment parenting, which some people love and some people loathe, but she particularly felt unsupported in her choice in Paris, where most kids are raised by nannies or daycares.

Paris, Baby! has all the strengths (and a few pitfalls) of a memoir of this type — it’s really funny and clever, she brings us right into her world as an American living in Paris as she agonizes over the choices a mom has to make, and especially when she looks back on her carefree days as a single woman in Paris, the reader might feel a tad jealous. Here’s the pitfall of memoir, because in general a memoirist has to think highly enough of his or her self to devote an entire book to telling stories of his or her life. But honestly, Kirsten Lobe sidesteps this pretty well, because she’s so self-effacing and humorous. Even when I was rolling my eyes a little bit at the name-dropping, I was still smiling and laughing with her as she generally was lampooning herself. I couldn’t hate her. In fact, despite we are WAY more different than alike in our parenting choices, I felt as if she was the kind of person where we would have been friends in spite of those differences.

Though I’ve only spent a week in Paris in my life, Paris, Baby! made me miss it, to yearn for it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book — a sweet combination of travelogue, motherhood memoir, and tell-all — that is written with humor and sweetness and a detail that invites the reader to immerse herself into Kirsten’s life.

I’m happy to say that I have a SIGNED copy from the author to give away to one of you (U.S. shipping only). Just leave a comment if you’d like to win, and we’ll announce the winner in this column on May 30.

The winner of Daily Guideposts for Your First Year of Motherhood is #20 Tory.

Written by 5 Minutes for Books managing editor Jennifer Donovan. Jennifer also blogs at Snapshot.

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1 Sandy Presely May 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

I have been wait for what feels like forever for this new book to come out!!!cant wait to read this!!!!!


2 Mom24 May 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

This sounds like a lot of fun, I would love to read it.


3 Sarah at themommylogues May 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

Looks like a good book!


4 Lisa May 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

Looks like a great book! Would love to read it!


5 Kelly V. May 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

I’d love to read this book, sounds like a good summer read.


6 Alison S. May 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

Sounds like a fun book!


7 Teresa May 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

This sounds like a fun read!


8 Katie May 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Sounds like a fun read that I’d love!


9 aparna May 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I would love to read this book experience motherhood from another person’s perspective.


10 Carol Wong May 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I love humor so this book fits the bill.


11 kristen May 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

This looks like a great read, both about humor and pregnacny-both of which I am eager to read/experience!


12 Missy M. May 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I’d love to win!


13 Vilmarys May 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Sounds like a great read!


14 Alison May 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I would love to read this book. Anybody that can relate to me right now is my friend!


15 Debby May 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I would love to give this book to my daughter. She is expecting her third child in December and she could use some humor!


16 Stacey May 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I would love to give this to my sister in law. She is having her third child and has had a family crisis when her husband lost his job. She could use a laugh for sure.


17 Pam M May 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm

This sounds like a great book. I read another memoir of an ex-pat (albeit from Australia) living in Paris called “Almost French” and truly enjoyed the insight from an insider. I’m sure this would be every bit as enjoyable!


18 Sarah K. May 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Oh I would love to win this! Looks like a fun read!


19 Elizabeth May 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Attachment parenting I know a lot about. But Paris? I know nothing! I would love to read all about it, especially from the perspective of a new mom. sounds delightful!


20 Linda Kish May 17, 2011 at 1:09 am

I would love to read this book.

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21 Krissa May 17, 2011 at 1:57 am

Sounds like a great book! I love memoirs. :)


22 Terra Heck May 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

This sounds like a great read. Thanks.


23 Barb May 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Sounds funny and sweet. And my best friends are simply gaga over Paris.


24 angie May 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

life is full of memories I would love to win this book


25 Staci A May 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

We’re currently expecting #2, so this sounds like it would make for a great read this summer!


26 Natalia May 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Would like to read that book


27 connie black May 18, 2011 at 9:11 am

This looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance


28 Ellen C. May 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.


29 katklaw777 May 19, 2011 at 6:58 am

Sounds like a great read…thanks for the wonderful giveaway!


30 gwendolyn b. May 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

This sounds like so much fun – such a great way to escape MY life! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


31 Beth T. May 22, 2011 at 3:04 am

I’d love to read this! My cousin is living in France, raising her family there, and I’m sure this would give us a lot to talk about / think about / laugh about.


32 Christina May 22, 2011 at 3:06 am

I’d love to read this book, which seems to be filled with life experience and humor!


33 nicole May 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

wow- 40 and single in paris- thats a dream, but pregnant too? Would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!


34 Janelle May 22, 2011 at 7:51 am

Love to win this book! Sounds like an entertaining read!


35 Paige May 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

I seriously need a little humor and fun right now. Sigh….


36 Diana May 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I was 32 when I had my last child, no man, and 3 other children. I felt alone but he is now 28 and was so glad I had him. I was love to read this book.


37 Kim May 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Sounds like a great read! I’d love to win. Thanks. :)


38 Alissa May 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I’d love to win a copy of this book. Sounds like a fun read.


39 Val Pearson May 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I have heard so much about this book, I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the contest.


40 Karen Gonyea May 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Sounds like a great summer read :)


41 Beth C May 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Sounds fun! Please enter me.


42 Tammy Gordon May 24, 2011 at 5:00 am

I’d love to win this!


43 Katie S. May 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I love travel stories! This sounds like a book for me.


44 Liz V. May 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Would enjoy reading.


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