An American Girl in Paris

Paperback - 2013
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"In the early 1960s, most middle-class American women in their twenties had their lives laid out for them: marriage, children, and life in the suburbs. Most, but not all. Breathless is the story of a girl who represents those who rebelled against conventional expectations. Paris was a magnet for those eager to resist domesticity, and like many young women of the decade, Nancy K. Miller was enamored of everything French--from perfume and Hermès scarves to the writing of Simone de Beauvoir and the New Wave films of Jeanne Moreau. After graduating from Barnard College in 1961, Miller set out for a year in Paris, with a plan to take classes at the Sorbonne and live out a great romantic life inspired by the movies. After a string of sexual misadventures, she gave up her short-lived freedom and married an American expatriate who promised her a lifetime of three-star meals and five-star hotels. But her husband turned out to be a con man whose promises were lies, and she had to leave Paris and her dreams behind. Upon returning to New York, with more than half of her twenties behind her, Miller was determined to start over. In an era of Vietnam anti-war protests, student unrest, and sexual liberation, she sought to become a new woman: autonomous and creative at a time when women were only expected to look pretty and smile. This stunning memoir chronicles a young woman's coming-of-age tale, and offers a glimpse into the intimate lives of girls before feminism"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Seal Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2013.
ISBN: 9781580054881
Characteristics: pages cm


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May 09, 2015

Some people don't know when they have it so good and Nancy was obviously one of them no wonder her parents were still changing her diaper so long after College aint nothing wrong wanting to not grow up just dont drag other people down in the muck and mire with you like Jim for example he DESERVED that apartment and Hans just low down but her Paris was vivid and Clever but for French food I prefer the Movie Babbettes Feast. In comparison Nutri Thomas' "To live and die in Paris " did'nt have Frette sheets but it did have a real struggle and a heroine who could take a social and cultural punch and keep on walking she ASKED for it whereas Nancy ...Requested it.

Jul 28, 2014

Hard to believe in some ways, that a person who has such initiative and intelligence can also be so easily manipulated and swayed by various men in her life. It was an interesting book to read and brought the era (60's) to life, but I kinda felt disappointed in the character's choices and her seeming inability to stand up for herself.

Apr 22, 2014

This book was a disappointment. Nancy K. Miller may have "rebelled again conventional expectations," but she is also, in my opinion, a misanthrope, so we see all of these experiences - which could have been insightful and/or inspiring - through jaded, cyncial, negative eyes.
Best to avoid.


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