Amour Anarchy, a Memoir

Amour Anarchy, a Memoir

A sweet blend of literature, memoir, comedy and nostalgia.

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Amour Anarchy is to Paris in the 1970's as A Bout de Souffle is to Paris in the 1960's:

 

 

 

 

 

Certain conversations should never start with, "Dad, I met several Iranian students plotting a revolution."

5-Star Review of Amour Anarchy, a Memoir by Midwest Book Review (December 2016)

Critique: Armchair travelers and romance connoisseurs alike have a special treat in store. Amour Anarchy is the captivating, true-life story of a young woman finding love and wonder in the City of Lights, and a joy to browse from cover to cover. Highly recommended!  Margaret Lane

5-Star Review from Readers' Favorite (July 2018):

“Left to your own devices, you may start a war,” are the words of her father, considering that Maura Stone is about to leave them for a long period of time in Paris. The mother thinks she will get mixed up with Communists, which can cost her father his job. But the young Maura Stone sees it differently, sees it as an adventure of a lifetime. But is going to Paris, where she studies literature and architecture, the fun she has always thought it would be? Amour Anarchy: A Memoir chronicles the author’s life in Paris during her junior year, from being a girlfriend of a true “bon vivant” from Tehran named Mitri — the guy has other two girlfriends and considers Maura his Number Three — through heartbreaks, to stunning discoveries, including knowledge of the impending revolution. What does it feel like to live alone in Paris, away from family and as a teenager?

The first thing that caught my attention when I started reading this memoir is the strength of the prose, and the author’s literary background comes across in the narrative with style and unique beauty. The recollections of Paris are spellbinding and done in a language that is atmospheric and arresting, with powerful images of different seasons and locales and what the city represents to the myriad people pulled into its orbit. The fact that the protagonist sets out to study alone in Paris as a young girl is a powerful premise for a great story, and the reader wants to see how she can cope. In this memoir, readers will find delight in the romance and the adventure, and the author’s authentic and honest tone will have them spellbound. Maura Stone knows how to bring life to a setting and she tells a story that will entertain readers while giving them interesting cultural insights. Amour Anarchy: A Memoir is well-written, gripping, and hilarious.  Ruffina Osario

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Terrific Review of Amour Anarchy, a Memoir by Sara Steven of chicklitcentral.com and momarock.wordpress.com:

Having read Maura’s guide to eDating the Old School Way, I was interested in learning more about the stories behind the author. I also wanted to get a sense of what Paris and Europe were like in the ‘70’s. While I’m not much for traveling abroad, Paris has always been on my bucket list. And while I’m sure there’s a vast difference between the City of Lights back then versus now, it’s always fun to live vicariously through someone else’s adventures.

Maura discovers so much more than culture shock when she’s on her own. This truly is a coming-of-age tell-all. I appreciate how honest and open she is about her personal experiences, particularly where her relationships are concerned. While so many of us often lock up the memories of our wild teenage years and hastily throw away the key, Maura shares her stories with wild abandon, immediately endearing you to the girl she was and to the woman she’s become. Nothing is taboo.

Her perspective from back in the day showcases the immature maturity Maura had while traveling abroad. I know that sounds a little strange, but I could sense the girl behind the stories, melding with the maturity she’s gained from her experiences. Growing up among plenty of situations that many of us would handle awkwardly and with kid gloves, all while away from her parents. I think that takes real guts. Maura has that in spades.

While I found myself annoyed with her main love interest at times, due to his personality, I do realize just how influential he must have been on her life. That’s even more in focus as the story progresses, blending beautifully with the ending. While many of us may never have Paris, we’ll certainly have those interesting childhood relationships that often shape who we later become in life, and they are often the ones we learn the most from.

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