“Paris: A Love Story” Kati Marton

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). Published August 14, 2012. Simon & Schuster. 191 pp.

In this no holds barred memoir, Marton chronicles her loves and losses in Paris, the city of her heart. Paris was where Kati found herself when facing loss, where she found love, and where she was happiest. After her husband Richard Holbrooke died in 2010, Morton was like a boat which had lost its anchor. Paris was where she went to find herself.

Using a cache of letters written years ago and saved by her parents, Marton told of her life in Paris as a young college student in 1968, her struggles to break through the all-male wall of reporting as she worked towards becoming a Foreign Correspondent, meeting, marrying and divorcing Peter Jennings, and her courtship with her next husband Richard Holbrooke. Along with past memories, Marton inserted present-day struggles of a widow trying to live life while missing the person who gave life its joie de vivre.

While reading “Paris: A Love Story” I alternately cried and laughed, feeling Kati’s struggles to be herself as well as her loves and losses. It is a love story, beautifully told, which made me fall in love with the Paris of my youth once more.

This is a good read for adult book groups.


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