Two cities. Two homes.
Lisa Anselmo, a writer and creative director, started traveling to Paris regularly twelve years ago—at first, to cover the fashion trade shows for a lifestyle website. But soon, she had cultivated friends—both Parisians and expats—and after over a decade of visits, had built another life across the ocean.
In 2012, after the death of her mother from breast cancer, she decided to seize the day and make her other life official, buying an apartment in Paris’s Right Bank. One bold move led to a changed life. Now, she’s learning to live like a real parisienne—at least when she can get away from her New York life.
Get a sample of life in two cities with these top posts:
How It All Began
Leaving Left, Turning Right
Feathering my Nest (Fearlessly in French)
A Tale of Two Cities
(Parisian) Life Interrupted
How Paris Does Groceries
Door Closed, Window Open
A Nomad in Paris
Or click to follow my story from the first post
MY (PART-TIME) PARIS LIFE, THE BOOK—On Sale 10.11.16
The memoir, My (Part-time) Paris Life, is due to be published next fall by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
Lisa wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in her daughter’s life—maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother—and her mother’s expectations? Spiraling into depression, she reaches for a lifeline in the form of an apartment in Paris. Maybe it’s a reckless purchase, but it doesn’t matter. When you’re desperate for a reason to live, you don’t stop to crunch numbers and get consensus. And it’s not as if a lifetime of playing it safe and pleasing others has brought her much happiness. What starts out as a lurching act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life—and her—in ways she could have never imagined. But how can you imagine a life bigger than anything you’ve ever known?