"It's not that there's no free spirit in me. But it's a free spirit with a five-year plan"
-Chapter 1, pg 3
"There were awkward moments like this, when the twenty-first-century woman in my head was forced to confront the consequences of my deliberately cultivated, poorly paid nineteenth-century interests. It was like I had Charlotte Bronte sitting on one shoulder and Gloria Steinem on the other. Gloria leaned over and whispered into my ear: Where's your [expletive] parasol?"
-Chapter 13, pg 179
"Irish pubs are better at brand management than Starbucks. They look and smell the same all over the world: dark booths, sticky tables and smoky carpet in hunter green."
-Chapter 16, pg 218
"Implicit in the American dream is the idea of self-determination. The result of our can-do-it attitude is that anything you don't do is your fault. . . In the end, our level of expectation -- and the accompanying fear of failure -- can be just as paralyzing as the French notion that nothing is possible in the first place."
-Chapter 19, pg 261
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
by Elizabeth Bard
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)