Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: ‘Me, Myself and Paris’ by Ruth Yunker

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This week we’re proud to feature another of our self-published authors, Ruth Yunker and her book, Me, Myself and Paris: One Toe Under the Eiffel Tower, The Other in the Grocery Store.
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Me, Myself & Paris is Outskirts Press author Ruth Yunker’s droll pastiche of her days, free and unaccompanied, in Paris. Three years in a row she rents an apartment, stays for six weeks and takes on Paris, half resident, half visitor. She is a short-attention-span tourist, a wide-eyed voyeur, and irreverence saves the day when the chips are down. Her stories are about bonhomie and savoir-faire, American style, while treading the hallowed and slippery cobblestones of Paris.

A California newspaper writer with a column that humorously observes the foibles of the community in which she lives, Ruth comes well prepared to chronicle her adventures in Paris. She shows her readers what Paris looks like, feels like, smells like, and tastes like to an American woman brave enough to face the vagaries of metro ticket agents and unassuming shopkeepers while still trying to emulate chic, windblown Parisian women wearing no lipstick.

With a keen eye for the telling details of life on the Paris street and with self-deprecating wit, Ruth makes each of her little adventures a succulent treat — whether she’s describing a semi-masochistic trek up the stone steps of a Notre Dame tower in boots of chocolate suede “with toes sharp enough to slice tomatoes” or her silent education on the rules of bagging one’s own groceries at the corner store.

Me, Myself and Paris covers the romantic and the beautiful Paris as well as the daily trudge of its city life. Yunker sees that it is both the most beautiful and the most temperamental city in the world, where to a woman from America, free and unfettered, willing to do (almost) everything the Parisian way, the locals are still sometimes foe, sometimes neighborly Samaritans.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:ruth yunker

Ruth Yunker lives in Southern California and is a humorist, writer and columnist. She has been writing for years, starting with short stories, that were published in several literary journals. She is a writer of magazine articles, book reviews, astrology columns and self-help columns for single mothers. Ruth went to Paris with the intent of getting away from it all, for as long as possible. By the end of six weeks, she thought she had a book. It took two more trips to really have a book … and the result was Me, Myself and Paris: One Toe Under the Eiffel Tower, The Other In the Grocery Store.

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