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Nancy K. Miller
NANCY K. MILLER is the author of the memoir "Breathless: An American Girl in Paris." In the early 1960s, most middle-class American women in their twenties were preparing for marriage, children, and life in the suburbs. "Breathless" is the story of a girl who represents those who rebelled against... show more

NANCY K. MILLER is the author of the memoir "Breathless: An American Girl in Paris." In the early 1960s, most middle-class American women in their twenties were preparing for marriage, children, and life in the suburbs. "Breathless" is the story of a girl who represents those who rebelled against conventional expectations. Paris was a magnet for those eager to resist domesticity, and Nancy K. Miller was enamored of everything French. After graduating from Barnard College in 1961, Miller set out for a year in Paris, with a plan to take classes at the Sorbonne and live out a great romantic life inspired by the movies.After a string of sexual misadventures, she gave up her short-lived freedom and married an American expatriate who promised her a lifetime of three-star meals and five-star hotels. But her husband turned out to be a con man whose promises were lies, and she had to leave Paris behind. In an era of Vietnam anti-war protests, student unrest, and sexual liberation, Miller returned to New York to become a new woman: autonomous and creative at a time when women were only expected to look pretty and smile. Miller's memoir chronicles a young woman's coming-of-age tale, and offers a glimpse into the intimate lives of girls before feminism.Nancy K. Miller has written, edited or co-edited more than a dozen volumes, including Getting Personal, Bequest and Betrayal, But Enough About Me, and What They Saved.
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Jessica's Book Thoughts
Jessica's Book Thoughts rated it 4 years ago
This is not for everyone. There is sex with interactive hottie holograms, mystery, and there is a lot of drama. Expect a soap opera like setting. I can imagine Al Pacino playing one of the bad guys. I read this a while back when I won a copy through Goodreads. http://www.amazon.com/Hologram-Sedu...
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Jessica's Book Thoughts rated it 5 years ago
Very unique story line. I have never read anything like this before. At first I found the story line a little hard to follow but everything starts to make sense around chapter three. I really enjoyed the book even though it is not typical to what I normally read. After finishing the book I passed i...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 5 years ago
Focus is mostly on French works, but several the essays are interesting - in particular the one about Tess and the one about French rape law in the Middle Ages.
Classic Maiden
Classic Maiden rated it 6 years ago
There are so many books about Americans going to Paris, but I got intrigued about this book after reading this review http://www.biographile.com/biographile-recommends-breathless-an-american-girl-in-paris-by-nancy-k-miller/26755/. Plus her passion for French nouvelle vague (New Wave) films of the la...
ellaminnowpea
ellaminnowpea rated it 9 years ago
Hm, a shame this is getting pretty crummy reviews. Nancy K. Miller's work played a significant role in my Master's thesis.
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