How to Die in Paris: A Memoir

How to Die in Paris A Memoir How to Die in Paris is an edgy poetic often darkly comic memoir of a young middle class black woman who escapes a tortured past in New York to pursue a new life in Europe only to find herself broke

  • Title: How to Die in Paris: A Memoir
  • Author: Naturi Thomas
  • ISBN: 9781580053648
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • How to Die in Paris is an edgy, poetic, often darkly comic, memoir of a young middle class black woman who escapes a tortured past in New York to pursue a new life in Europe only to find herself broke, desperate, and contemplating suicide on the streets of Paris.Penniless, scared, and hoping for rescue, Thomas turns to a series of unlikely male suitors an impoverished ItaHow to Die in Paris is an edgy, poetic, often darkly comic, memoir of a young middle class black woman who escapes a tortured past in New York to pursue a new life in Europe only to find herself broke, desperate, and contemplating suicide on the streets of Paris.Penniless, scared, and hoping for rescue, Thomas turns to a series of unlikely male suitors an impoverished Italian who exposes her to the reality of immigrant struggle, a fast talking squatter who lures her into Paris s street youth culture, and a beautiful Tunisian who takes her home only to introduce her to a world of pain Each encounter awakens in her memories from her childhood memories of the abuse and racism she experienced at the hands of her mother and forces her to confront the darkness in her past, even as she struggles to survive in the present.Though the trials she faces in Paris are often harrowing, Thomas is anything but self pitying, often culling humor from gritty moments, and she finds goodness in the small blessings that come her way a library that offers warmth and escape, a sandwich abandoned in a phone booth, the generosity of strangers, and especially, the wonder of Paris itself Ultimately, being homeless in the City of Light frees her of the denial and defenses that have been holding her back all her life revealing a broader world too beautiful to leave.

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    1. Read this one in one day. This is a powerful book. I love travel memoirs, especially when there's some struggle involved. At first I thought this might be a mixed race/African-American girl from Newark's version of Down and Out in Paris and London, but it goes a bit deeper than that. I found myself sobbing by the end of it. Not sure why the editorial review here on describes the author as middle-class, though. Somehow I think growing up in a small apartment in Newark, NJ with a father who often [...]

    2. First things first: Naturi Thomas is a wonderful writer. Her imagery's imaginative. She punctuates hardship with wit. And her work makes for a quick read. But--and I always hesitate to make this admission with memoir, because it's hard to critique content without critiquing a real person's *life*--I found myself annoyed and detached and bordering on unsympathetic through most of the narrative. Thomas' account of entering Paris with about 5 euros (that quickly dwindle to 53 "cent"(?)), then rando [...]

    3. A cautionary tale of how not to go to Paris. A thirty-year-old woman without much of a future runs away to Europe to escape her problems. After being fired from a translation position in Rome, she decides to go to Paris because she wants to see it before she kills herself. She spends several days being homeless in Paris, goes home with more than one strange man and eventually works her problems.

    4. This is one of the most powerful books I've read in ages. It's a deep and painful memoir that left me with a new view of life

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