Writer, creative director, singer, Lisa Anselmo started traveling to Paris regularly ten years ago—at first, to cover the fashion trade shows for a lifestyle website. Soon, she had cultivated friends, both Parisians and expats, and after a decade of visits, had built another life across the ocean. In 2012, after the death of her beloved mother from breast cancer, she decided to seize the day and make her other life official, buying an apartment in Paris’s Right Bank. Now she’s learning to live like a real parisienne—at least when she can get the vacation time from her New York life.
Two homes. Two cities. One story.
Get a sample of my 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
With this Key, Responsibility
Or click to follow my story from the first post
The full-length memoir, My (Part-time) Paris Life, is due to be published in fall of 2106 by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books
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?