Confessions of an Expat in Paris

A Humorous Travel Memoir with Sassy Drink Recipes

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
175 Pages
Reviewed on 06/21/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Confessions of an Expat in Paris: A Humorous Travel Memoir with Sassy Drink Recipes is a nonfiction travel memoir written by Vicki Lesage. Lesage spent 11 years as an expat living in Paris. While many begin their lives abroad through their choice of academic institutions, Lesage had already completed her schooling, and she went armed with little more than a few years of French classes at the high school and collegiate level. No small wonder then why English pubs and American bars were her places of refuge, though her favorite watering hole of all was a Scottish pub where the thick accents of the natives made even comprehending their speech somewhat challenging.

Lesage loves Paris even if she did hate her job for a French company and found rentals prohibitively expensive. Armed with her academic knowledge of the language, she was able to navigate finding her apartment, keeping her visas in order and doing all the stuff adults have to do -- only in a foreign language. Lesage loved the parties and the nightlife as a young adult in Paris. Getting married and having two hyperactive kids did make life in a small apartment in the city somewhat more challenging and less fun, but she still had second thoughts when she and her husband decided to move their family to the United States.

Confessions of an Expat in Paris is a fun and breezy glimpse at twenty-something life in the City of Light from the perspective of an academic overachiever who was also able to reconcile that nerdiness with a natural aptitude for being a party-girl. Her stories are marvelous, and her gift for frankly baring even the most embarrassing faux pas made reading her book great fun. While many Americans wonder what it would be like to join those who have embraced the lifestyle of the expat, Lesage actually lived it and shares those experiences with the reader. Each chapter is closed with a suitably fitting alcoholic drink as well. I found myself wondering as I approached each chapter’s end, what manner of concoction it might be. I was more often than not surprised, and occasionally, delighted. Confessions of an Expat in Paris: A Humorous Travel Memoir with Sassy Drink Recipes is most highly recommended.