About the Book:
From the author of Paris, My Sweet comes the story of a modern woman embracing love, motherhood, and all the courses life has to offer.
On an island where finding love can be just as hard as finding a dinner reservation on a Friday night, Amy Thomas never imagined a family would fit into her lifestyle. So when Amy finds herself turning forty, moving to Brooklyn, and making way for a baby with a new man in her life, she realizes that starting over may be her biggest opportunity yet.
But how do you balance staying out all night dancing with staying up all night soothing a baby? Can a lifelong city girl trade in spontaneity for domesticity? Set amid the backdrop of Brooklyn and Manhattan’s foodie scenes, Amy sets out to make her second act even sweeter than the first.
Praise for Brooklyn in Love
“Amy Thomas’s heartfelt tale of a modern woman embracing marriage and motherhood is a New York City fairy tale, complete with dazzling romance, delicious food, and the perfect happy ending: Brooklyn ever after.” – Ann Mah, author of Mastering the Art of French Eating and The Lost Vintage
“I became infatuated with Brooklyn in Love. I inhaled the pages on sidewalks and subways…savored every word as if it held all the answers to my life. And in a way, it did.” – Alyssa Shelasky, author of Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen
“The relatable and honest storytelling that made Paris, My Sweet so endearing returns for this delightful journey of self-understanding and joy through the lens of love and food.” – Lindsey Tramuta, journalist and author of The New Paris
“Brooklyn In Love is a story of love, soul-searching and delicious moments, memories (and addresses!) all wrapped into an enchanting and mouth-watering part deux for our favorite sweet freak Amy Thomas.” – Kristen Beddard, author of Bonjour Kale
“Made me homesick for New York — and very hungry. Once again, Thomas has followed her heart – and her sweet tooth – toward a new life.” – Elizabeth Bard, New York Times bestselling author of Lunch in Paris and Dinner Chez Moi
About the Author:
Amy Thomas is a New York–based writer who, for two lucky years, got to call Paris home. In addition to working as a copywriter in advertising, she writes about food, travel, design, and fashion for various publications such as the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Town & Country, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. She is slightly obsessed with sweets.
When I requested this on NetGalley, I was taken in by the title. Brooklyn in Love. It seemed quirky to me, different. I enjoy memoirs, as they are a way of getting to know someone through their writing and experiences in life. I was curious to see the links between the words food family and finding yourself, and just a look at the cover of this book (also very cute, quirky and original) I finished the book in a matter of hours. I was that absorbed in the writing.
As a person who is not from the USA, or New York but has been there, I could identify with the busy bustle of Manhattan. This was something I immediately loved when visiting New York City. I’m a city girl at heart, but enjoyed accompanying Amy on her retelling of her journey in this book. I have never been to Brooklyn, and have only seen it on TV, in films or travel shows.
This book wasn’t just any “stroll around the local neighborhood,” though. It’s a culinary treat. I could smell and practically taste the cakes, pastries and treats and different dishes Amy ate in her daily life in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Paris. I have a Geography degree and adore traveling. The book was also a travel log for me. I’ve been to Paris, and loved it. Amy effortlessly captures the essence of what Paris and New York are. From the chic and homely eateries to the world-famous sights, I really felt as if I were there.
Apart from all this, there’s a deeper, more personal side to this book. I enjoyed seeing the more intimate parts of Amy’s life, love, loss joy worry. I identified greatly with the happiness found at being in a relationship, at the difficulty finding housing and making a life for yourself in the big city (multiple times, no less) with the pull and rush of being back somewhere you love and where you really feel at home.
This memoir made me ask questions: what is happiness really? Is “home where the heart is?” I found Amy to be a very strong and resilient person throughout, and was rooting for her. I rejoiced and identified with her passion for Sex and the City and her boxset of the series (a passion I share for mine). It was a perfect personal detail given that much of the story took place in New York.
By the end of this book, I was sorry it had ended. I felt I really wanted to go to New York again and to see the city and also Brooklyn for myself as it certainly seems like an interesting melting pot of an area. In answer to the questions I had, I think, really “home” is where you want it to be, where feels best for you. 5 stars to this beautiful memoir! It made me feel hope, loss happiness and so many other emotions. For me, that’s the best type of memoir there is. Brooklyn in Love is truly powerful.
Thanks to Amy Thomas and Sourcebooks for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. It was a real pleasure to review this and to be a part of the blog tour. I’m looking forward to reading Paris, My Sweet, a Year in the City of Light next!
Guest Post from Amy Thomas:
My journey as a writer
Writing is something I’ve always done (I still have my 8-year-old poetry journals!), but I don’t think it was until my early twenties that I thought to seriously make something of it. By then, I was working as a copywriter in advertising so I was definitely on track. But then I started becoming more and more curious about editorial writing. While building my career in advertising, I started taking some writing assignments on the side. Simple things like store and café reviews for Citysearch.com (remember that??) and writing articles for a friend of friend’s startup magazine.
I essentially just kept working my way “up.” I took writing classes and joined writing groups so I understood better how to pitch stories to magazines and newspapers. I pitched lots and lots and was rejected all the time. But sometimes I got the assignment. Sometimes that led to repeat assignments, and sometimes it led to developing relationships with editors, which is always a good thing.
I think a big turning point for me was in 2008 when I pitched an article to the New York Times Travel section. The idea? Taking the city’s then-new public bike system, the Velibs, on a tour of all the city’s best chocolatiers (pretty irresistible, right?). The piece, Le Tour du Chocolat, became one of the paper’s Top 10 Travel stories of the year and led to many subsequent assignments.
Then, just the next year, I ended up moving to Paris. I was still working as an advertising copywriter but living abroad gave me new opportunities to pitch more unique and exotic articles, which I did as often as possible.
Throughout all of this, I was also working on a book proposal. It was initially meant to be a guide to New York’s best sweets, but with my change of location, it became a bigger story. Over the course of a year, the idea evolved and eventually became Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate).
With the publication of Brooklyn In Love, and still the occasional freelance article, I feel like I’ve achieved my goal to be an established writer. There’s always more to write, better assignments to land, but I think that’s one of the great things about being a writer: you can always keep going. There will always be ideas, destinations and debates to explore. Now that I have a husband and child, my time is more limited, but I’m excited for the journey of being a writer to continue.