For someone that loves old television, I have not really seen very many old movies. Apparently Olivia de Havilland was a very famous actress, who was in movies like Gone With the Wind. She is also a very humorous author.
Although I didn't know who Olivia de Havilland was, there were two reasons that I had to read this book:
1) I went to France when I was 15 (which I just realized was literally half my life ago!), and since then I have been pretty interested in France.
2) Look at the cover! I am someone that adores vintage things, and judges books by their covers, and despite this being a reprint in honor of Ms. de Havilland's 100th birthday, it looks like it was printed decades ago.
Once I got past the cover I was not disappointed. Despite being an actress, she definitely had talent as an author. She was conversational and funny in her writing.
Each chapter was a short essay about a different aspect of her adjustment to life in Paris versus life in the United States. It was written about 50 years ago, so I was a little confused by a couple of things that she talked about, but it didn't detract from the general readability of the book. This isn't a detailed memoir, it is just a collection of random stories from her first few years in Paris.
It was a quick and pleasant read, and I am glad I got the opportunity to read this book. I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.