Paris Lost and Found: A Memoir of Love

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About the Author

Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches French literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Award (2018), he is the author of French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris (winner of a Next Generation Indie Book Award), This Jealous Earth: Stories, and Theory of Remainders: A Novel (a Kirkus Best Book of 2013), which is currently under option with a major motion picture production company. Carpenter splits his time between St. Paul and Paris.


"Many entertaining anecdotes and worthy
observations about French and American culture...Carpenter's droll take
keeps the reader chuckling." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

this funny memoir, Carpenter has a knack for turning potential
catastrophes into comedy. Readers will find plenty to appreciate in his
sharp take on expat life." --Publishers Weekly

"A delightful
read...essays filled with levity and grace. A winning and witty
collection offering humor and insight into the French way of life." --Kirkus Reviews

"French Like Moi
tours the everyday Paris that's found away from Eiffel Tower tourism.
With an entertaining guide at the helm, bon mots and corny puns find a
home alongside solid timing, curious anecdotes, and self-aware mocking.
This quirky travel memoir uncovers lesser-known facets with verve." --Foreword Reviews, Editor's Pick, five-star review

captures the ironies, oddities, and attractions of the French capital
in a way few writers have achieved--which is saying a lot, considering
how many have tried their hand at conjuring the City of Light.... French Like Moi is a delightful romp through French life and Midwestern sensibilities, all combined in one compelling story." --Midwest Book Review

"Loaded with lacerating wit and trenchant but tender observations, Scott Carpenter's French Like Moi
is also a true original: a serious memoir that doesn't take itself too
seriously. It is this humility that gives Carpenter's book its
undeniable strength--that, and his vivid, often hilarious storytelling."
--Marcia DeSanctis, New York Times bestselling author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

"Sit back with a croissant and an espresso--or better yet, du vin et du fromage--and
treat yourself to the delights and dilemmas of being a Midwesterner in
Paris. Scott Carpenter's tales of life in the French capital will make
you laugh, marvel, and daydream about amping up the adventure in your
own life. Merci Monsieur Carpenter!" --Lorna Landvik, author of Chronicles of a Radical Hag

"Deeply French but also deeply Midwestern--and thus rather perfect." --Alethea Black, author of You've Been So Lucky Already

most delightful and delicious form of escapism--smart, kind, funny, and
(best of all!) French. Perfect for Francophiles and dreamers alike." --K.
S. R. Burns, author of The Paris Effect and Paris Ever After

"French Like Moi
is not only full of spot-on cultural observations and the
laugh-out-loud-yet-self-deprecating humor Minnesotans do so well, it's
also beautifully written with a timeless literary flair." --Heather
Stimmler-Hall, author of Naughty Paris, editor of Secrets of Paris

"I laughed until my sides hurt at Carpenter's lighthearted and self-deprecating take on living in l'Hexagone. For loyal lovers of Paris and France, and anyone who's moved abroad or is thinking about it, French Like Moi
is a jovial reminder to pack your patience and your dictionary, and
gobble up every single, butter-soaked morsel of the journey. --Kimberley
Lovato, author of Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves

greets the language, cuisine, culture, and daily details of life with a
wit and honesty that makes for a rollicking read. We encounter vivid
characters, impossible scenarios, and such hilarious tableaus that soon
we all feel French like lui!" --Erin Byrne, author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France

"Five stars." --Readers' Favorite

shares hilarious faux pas and cultural differences, reading with a
deadpan, self-deprecating, understated tone. An affectionate, insider's
look at French culture." --Booklist, Audiobook

Praise for Paris Lost and Found
  • "Lovers of Paris know that Scott Carpenter understands
    and evokes the authentic city behind the iconic sights and tourist
    cliches. In this sequel to his delightful, insightful French Like Moi,
    Carpenter takes us on a deeply personal journey into the heart of his
    adopted home, illuminating even more poignantly the City of Light, and
    loss, and love." --Don George, author of The Way of Wanderlust
Praise for French
Like Moi:

  • "A delightful read... filled
    with levity and grace." --Kirkus Reviews
  • "Carpenter's
    droll take keeps the reader chuckling." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "Carpenter has a knack for
    turning potential catastrophes into comedy." --Publishers Weekly
  • "A delightful romp through
    French life." --Midwest Book Review
  • Five stars, and Editors' Pick
    --Foreword Reviews