In the first words of the opening chapter, Gendlin writes “God knows I’m not the first American to write about falling under the spell of Paris and coming here to live,” and one of the best things about Paris, Moi and The Gang is that Gendlin wisely views Paris’s much-written-about history as a resource rather than a drawback. As a guidebook writer, reading obsessively must be an occupational hazard, but her memoir makes it clear that for Gendlin, reading (and reading about Paris) is also a pleasure and a passion. The book is strengthened by her breadth of familiarity with the history of the city and the many writers and artists who’ve called it home. Maybe one of the best compliments I can give as to how much I enjoyed Gendlin’s writing and the strength of her prose is to say that though she often quotes the words of writers like Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, I never found myself wishing I was reading their writing about Paris, rather than hers.
M. Bostrom for Go.Girl.Magazine.
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