C'est La Vie

C’est La Vie

An American Woman Begins a New Life in Paris and–Voila!–Becomes Almost French

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143035503
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Bestselling writer Suzy Gershman (dubbed “Super Shopper Suzy” by Oprah) is our answer to Peter Mayle in this heartfelt, breezy, and funny story of starting over in Paris. Suzy had always fantasized about moving to Paris with her husband, but when he dies unexpectedly, she decides to fulfill their dream alone. Here she gives a deliciously conversational chronicle of her first year in Paris and of the dizzying delights and maddening frustrations of learning to be a Parisian. Filled with Gershman’s insider’s tips on everything from cooking the perfect clafoutis to—naturally—shopping, C’est la Vie is delightfully entertaining and captures the exhilarating experience of beginning a new adventure.


“[Gershman’s] touching account has all the charm and energy of her Born to Shop books.” —Diane Johnson

“This is a wonderful book. Read it and pack for a life-changing adventure—as Suzy Gershman did.” —Marie Brenner

“Delicious.” —Alain Ducasse

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