Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)

When Amy Thomas, sweet freak and longtime Francophile, is offered a transfer to Paris as a copywriter for Louis Vuitton, she responds, "Mais oui!" As she settles into her glam job and adorable "tree house" apartment, she makes a long list of boulangeries, patisseries and chocolate shops to try and begins visiting as many as possible.

But the longer she stays in Paris, the more Thomas misses New York--from the oversized chocolate-chip cookies at Lola's to the fun single scene and the ease of nights out with old friends. Her Stateside pals are discovering new restaurants, moving to Brooklyn and even getting married while she's pulling evening hours at the office, struggling to land even one date or gather enough girlfriends for a Saturday night out. Yet when she visits New York, she can't wait to get back to Paris. Where, she wonders, does she truly belong? Even her beloved pastry shops can't solve this dilemma (though a well-timed cupcake or stack of macarons does help soothe the angst).

Charming, funny and as scrumptious as the dessert menus it exalts, Paris, My Sweet explores the heady-but-fleeting sweet moments and the richer, longer-lasting satisfaction of creating a life in a new city from scratch. With mouthwatering descriptions (and addresses!) of Thomas's favorite sweet spots on both sides of the Atlantic, this book is a treasure map for readers searching for the life they were meant to live--or simply on the lookout for their next favorite cookie or croissant. --Katie Noah Gibson, blogger at Cakes, Tea and Dreams

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