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Paris: A Love Story

by Kati Marton

Simon & Schuster | August 14, 2012 | Hardcover

Paris: A Love Story is rated 3 out of 5 by 3.
This is a memoir for anyone who has ever fallen in love in Paris, or with Paris.

PARIS: A LOVE STORY

is for anyone who has ever had their heart broken or their life upended.

In this remarkably honest and candid memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the heart of this deeply moving account. At every stage of her life, Marton finds beauty and excitement in Paris, and now, after the sudden death of her husband, Richard Holbrooke, the city offers a chance for a fresh beginning. With intimate and nuanced portraits of Peter Jennings, the man to whom she was married for fifteen years and with whom she had two children, and Holbrooke, with whom she found enduring love, Marton paints a vivid account of an adventuresome life in the stream of history. Inspirational and deeply human, Paris: A Love Story will touch every generation.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.44 × 5.62 × 0.9 in

Published: August 14, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451691548

ISBN - 13: 9781451691542

Found in: Biography and Memoir
On the back jacket cover of Paris: A Love Story, Barbara Walters writes… “I stayed up last night and read this book cover to cover. I can’t remember the last time I did that.” I had the identical experience! Paris: A Love Story is a deeply moving and totally engaging memoir by award winning journalist and author Kati Marton. It is a story written by a graceful, passionate and compassionate woman who has had a front seat to unfolding world events — as a foreign correspondent and as the wife of Peter Jennings and uber diplomat Richard Holbrooke. At every stage of her journey, Marton’s life has been punctuated by exciting and critical moments spent in Paris, the city she most loves. It is in Paris that, as a young student, she came of age. It was to Paris that she retreated to sort out how to extricate herself from her troubled marriage to Jennings. It was Paris where she found and fell in love with Holbrooke — the man she considered her true soul mate — and most recently, after Holbrooke’s sudden and untimely death, she again returned to Paris to seek solace and a chance for a new beginning. Marton writes with eloquence and honesty and her story, told so intimately, is irresistible. You will fall in love with her — and if you haven’t already, you will fall in love with Paris.

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing, boastful, and overrated This was a disappointing read. Having recently taken a trip to Paris the notion of a love story set in one of the most romantic cities in the world was appealing. The fact that it was a 'Heather's pick' and the number of big name endorsements all seemed like positive indicators of an enjoyable read. This was not my experience. Instead of a beautiful love story what I found was a boastful description of a very public life. The constant name dropping is nauseating and makes it hard to even continue reading the story. I regret buying this book and the time I wasted reading it. If I still had my receipt I would return it.
Date published: 2013-02-01
Rated out of 5 by from This was ok. I usually love the "Heather's picks" books but this one was a little disappointing. Well written but could not get into it. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So... Story Description: Simon & Schuster|August 14, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-4516-9154-2 This is a memoir for anyone who has ever fallen in love in Paris, or with Paris. PARIS: A LOVE STORY is for anyone who has ever had their heart broken or their life upended. In this remarkably honest and candid memoir, award-winning and distinguished author Kati Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the heart of this deeply moving account. At every stage of her life, Marton finds beauty and excitement in Paris, and now, after the sudden death of her husband, Richard Holbrooke, the city offers a chance for a fresh beginning. With intimate and nuanced portraits of Peter Jennings, the man to whom she was married for fifteen years and with whom she had two children, and Holbrooke, with whom she found enduring love, Marton paints a vivid account of an adventuresome life in the stream of history. Inspirational and deeply human, Paris: A Love Story will touch every generation. My Review: Paris: A Love Story is an unbelievably candid, open, honest memoir with no holds barred. Kati Marton and her husband, Richard Holbrooke were deeply in love. Kati had previously been married to news anchor Peter Jennings for fifteen years with whom she had two children – Lizzie and Chris. Richard died from a dissected aorta but following twenty-one hours of surgery his life could not be saved. Kati was totally grief stricken in every sense of the word. Her friends, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and her children from her previous marriage to Peter Jennings rallied around her. Richard also had two children from a previous relationship – David and Anthony. Paris was their home, their life, and their love. Paris represented to them everything in life that one holds dear. However, the book had more of an “all about me” ring to it and “who I know that is famous”. I felt at times as though Marton had flipped through her datebook looking for things to write. Although I did enjoy the book very much, and it truly was a love story as far as Kati and Richard went, a more appropriate title might have been: Paris: A Story About Me & Who I Know.
Date published: 2012-12-20
Rated out of 5 by from what a hot story
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "A deeply moving and engaging memoir. Absolutely great!" On the back jacket cover of Paris: A Love Story, Barbara Walters writes… “I stayed up last night and read this book cover to cover. I can’t remember the last time I did that.” I had the identical experience! Paris: A Love Story is a deeply moving and totally engaging memoir by award winning journalist and author Kati Marton. It is a story written by a graceful, passionate and compassionate woman who has had a front seat to unfolding world events — as a foreign correspondent and as the wife of Peter Jennings and uber diplomat Richard Holbrooke. At every stage of her journey, Marton’s life has been punctuated by exciting and critical moments spent in Paris, the city she most loves. It is in Paris that, as a young student, she came of age. It was to Paris that she retreated to sort out how to extricate herself from her troubled marriage to Jennings. It was Paris where she found and fell in love with Holbrooke — the man she considered her true soul mate — and most recently, after Holbrooke’s sudden and untimely death, she again returned to Paris to seek solace and a chance for a new beginning. Marton writes with eloquence and honesty and her story, told so intimately, is irresistible. You will fall in love with her — and if you haven’t already, you will fall in love with Paris.
Date published: 2012-08-29
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Date published: 2012-08-23
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Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated out of 5 by from This seems like a great story, appreciate any information before I buy this!
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated out of 5 by from This seems like a great story, appreciate any feedback before I buy this!
Date published: 2012-08-14

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Paris: A Love Story

by Kati Marton

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.44 × 5.62 × 0.9 in

Published: August 14, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451691548

ISBN - 13: 9781451691542

About the Book

This is a memoir for anyone who has ever fallen in love in Paris, or with Paris. In this remarkably honest memoir, Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss.

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Paris: A Love Story CHAPTER ONE Like a human snowplow, I surge against the flow of chanting, banner-waving students pouring into the boulevard St.-Germain. I am determined to get to the Café de Flore before Richard does. My husband has flown all night from Kabul on a military plane. I am merely crossing from the fifth into the sixth arrondissement. As he shuttles between Washington, Kabul, and Islamabad, we have little time together; minutes matter. But this is the Latin Quarter, and it is October, the season of student manifestations. Les manifs are a routine feature of my Parisian neighborhood, and I usually enjoy their high-spirited revolutionary theater. Not today. The students have blocked traffic on St.-Germain and prevented Richard’s car from reaching our apartment on the rue des Écoles. Hot and sweaty, I arrive at the terrace of the Flore. Richard is already there and, as usual these days, he is on the phone. As he is looking up, his smile momentarily lifts travel fatigue from his features. “You’re late!” he says, a hand covering the phone. He hangs up, and we kiss. Then we exhale in unison from sheer relief that we are together—and in Paris! That is how it has been for the past two years. Days stolen from a devouring job. Richard takes out his frayed wallet to pay for our citrons pressés. “See,” he says, “it’s still here,” a faded Polaroid of the two of us in the Tuileries Garden taken in 1994
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This is a memoir for anyone who has ever fallen in love in Paris, or with Paris.

PARIS: A LOVE STORY

is for anyone who has ever had their heart broken or their life upended.

In this remarkably honest and candid memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the heart of this deeply moving account. At every stage of her life, Marton finds beauty and excitement in Paris, and now, after the sudden death of her husband, Richard Holbrooke, the city offers a chance for a fresh beginning. With intimate and nuanced portraits of Peter Jennings, the man to whom she was married for fifteen years and with whom she had two children, and Holbrooke, with whom she found enduring love, Marton paints a vivid account of an adventuresome life in the stream of history. Inspirational and deeply human, Paris: A Love Story will touch every generation.

About the Author

Kati Marton is the author of several books, most recently, Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and her memoir, Paris: A Love Story. Her other books include The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World and the New York Times bestseller Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History, as well as Wallenberg, The Polk Conspiracy, and A Death in Jerusalem. She is an award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent. She lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

“Paris provides a backdrop for this absorbing memoir of love and painful loss, played out on the larger stage of world politics….On a first-name basis with the political movers and shakers on a global stage, Marton has observed world politics in the making and makes space for readers on her catbird seat.” —Kirkus Reviews
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