Kiss Me Again, Paris
by Renate Stendhal
6.5 x 9.5 in; 360 pages
Softcover with Flaps
With 130 Photographs by the author
— An excerpt from the book earned a pre-publication award from the Women’s National Book Association, juried by Deirdre Bair, in 2015. —
From Paris’s famous opera house to its gossip-rich salons, Kiss Me Again, Paris celebrates youth at the end of the 1970s, when women were in fashion and every woman, gay or straight, fell in love with women.
Author Renate Stendhal ekes out a living as a cultural journalist in Europe’s most cultured city. She walks Paris at night dressed as a boy, has friends and lovers among artists and writers, and falls under the spell of the mercurial actress Claude, who has all of Paris talking. At the same time, she finds herself in the crosshairs of an alluring stranger who seems to appear everywhere and nowhere at once. There are mysteries with and without clues: Is sexual obsession a way to avoid the risk of love? Filled with sensuality, style, romance, and suspense, Stendhal plays with memoir and transports the reader to another time and place. No matter what age, you’ll be young and in love again when you reach the last page.
"Renate Stendhal's daring new book throbs with the pulse of Paris in the 1970s. We follow the adventures of a young German journalist as she covers the art scene and keeps an eye open for romance with other women. Written with verve, this book captures the sense of erotic excitement that Paris continues to inspire."
Marilyn Yalom, author of How the French Invented Love and The Social Sex
Renate Stendhal is the award-winning author of the photo biography Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures. After growing up in Berlin and Hamburg, she lived in Paris for almost two decades, pursuing ballet and Underground Theater, translating American women authors and writing cultural reviews for the German radio and press. Stendhal has published several books in Germany and in the United States, three of them co-authored with her life companion Kim Chernin. Her articles and essays have appeared internationally. She has a passion for country living with Kim, two dogs, and a small orchard, and she still loves to opine about opera and ballet, reviewing culture for diverse magazines.