A Love Story : A Memoir

Large Print - 2012
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At every stage of her life, journalist and author Kati Marton found beauty and excitement in Paris, and now, after the sudden death of husband Richard Holbrooke, the city offers a chance for a new beginning. With intimate and nuanced portraits of Peter Jennings, with whom she had two children in their fifteen-year marriage, and Holbrooke, with whom she found enduring love, Marton offers a vivid account of an adventuresome life in the stream of history. (Bestseller)
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410453587
Branch Call Number: [LP] B/MARTON
Characteristics: 269 pages (large print), [15] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.


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Not at all what I expected from the title, it traces Kati Marton’s life backwards from the death of her partner. All roads lead to Paris in this tragic and uplifting memoir. Recommended for fans of the city and of biographies. The audiobook is great; and it is also available in print. (submitted by TH)

Dec 08, 2015

I admit it; I approached this book looking for gossip about author Marton's stormy union with the late journalist and ABC News anchor Peter Jennings.

I found it, but found also a very moving account of Marton's love affair not just with Jennings but with her 3rd husband, American diplomat and former Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke, who sudden death in December 2010 devastated her. Her memories of Holbrooke particularly, and her life with him, make me wish I'd known him personally.

May 09, 2014

Very interesting story.

If you're looking for a book about living in Paris, this isn't it. Kati keeps returning to Paris, but this is about her life as an foreign journalist married first to Peter Jennings, then Richard Holbrooke. If you don't know who they were, this may not interest you.

Mar 06, 2014

This was not the book I was expecting. I guess because I had no idea who the author was I expected more of a flavour of Paris. Marton has had a full life from the sounds of it, but throughout this narrative all I can hear is someone who still has to come to terms with her life and what she wants out of it. I found her too gushy at times, to a point that almost sounded false. It was interesting, a quick read, with little glimpses into a Paris that I would like to come to know better. As a memoir, I was left thinking this was a bit of a gloss over.

Jan 29, 2014

Interesting loving book

Sep 20, 2013

I got bored with this book 3/4 of the way through. Some interesting facts, plenty of name dropping, but, as others have said, emotionally flat.

Mar 08, 2013

A real page turner!

Feb 13, 2013

Oddly not very emotionally engaging. It's an interesting story and she's certainly lived a vibrant and exciting life, but somehow (perhaps protecting herself?) this book is so emotionally contained that for me, I found it lacking.

Feb 07, 2013

Not as good as I thought it would be. More like a meandering recollections memorial to her dead husband. She was a tv journalist, so she writes like that... mostly: we did this, met that person, had lunch at our favourite cafe. Ho hum.

Dec 22, 2012

Very good read; a remarkable woman.


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