"Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down"

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paris, i love you but you're bringing me down!

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: A guy and his wife move to Paris

Yes, it’s been done. But never as funny as Rosecrans Baldwin does it in his new memoir, Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down.

When he gets an offer to work in advertising in the City of Light, he takes it. (What writer with only a tentative grasp on la langue francaise wouldn’t want to create breastfeeding pamphlets near the Champs-Elysees?)

Living abroad is everything he ever dreamed, nothing like he expected, and equally magnifique and affreux. At times, the company refrigerator overflowing with champagne is the only difference between working long hours and living in a tiny apartment in Paris and doing the same in New York. Yet the fulfillment of a lifelong dream — and the resulting stories — had us laughing all weekend.

Proving the world does need one more book about a couple who moves to France.

Available online at amazon.com, $17. See Baldwin talk about his book May 14, 7:30 p.m., at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, at South Portland Avenue, Fort Greene; May 15, 7 p.m., KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, at Second Avenue; May 16, 7 p.m., McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets.

Photo: Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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