Saratoga writer finds peace in Paris after husband's death
By Brian Babcock ~ Saratoga News
Article Launched: 10/21/2008 04:12:36 PM PDT
Esther Dickler says she has never been the type to sit idly and watch as life passed her by. When she met the man of her dreams, she married him after just six months of courtship.
So when the time came to make a decision about how she would help herself heal after her husband's death in 1980, Dickler dropped everything and moved to Paris for a year. The experiences she had while living in the City of Lights is chronicled in her new book, "From My Window in Paris."...
Dickler says this book wasn't meant to be more lighthearted than the first or the stories completely amusing in how they were told. However, she says, it did end up that way.
Throughout the book, which Dickler says reads much like a novel, the author chronicles her life throughout the year, touching on her problems with a lack of hot water to her difficulties communicating with the locals.
Dickler also comments how different apartments are in Paris compared to the United States... Read More
Writer Dickler can see Paris from her window in Saratoga
By Mary Anne Cook ~ Saratoga News
Article Launched: 10/14/2008 08:12:41 PM PDT
A YEAR IN PARIS: Saratogan Esther Dickler is a registered nurse with a second calling. She's written two autobiographical books, and the second one has just been released. It's called "From My Window in Paris," and it's about the year she spent in Paris, trying to pull her life together again.
She describes that year as a brave adventure for a single woman with no knowledge of the language. Those adventures included plumbing problems in her tiny apartment over a pastry shop, communication problems with hilarious results, a threat of Arab spies and provocative encounters with French men.
Besides all that richness of experience, there was the magnificence of the food — and oh, the pastries. "From My Window in Paris" recounts Dickler's delights and frustrations living in a new culture — a potpourri of surprises, tears and laughter that brought a self-realization she never dreamed possible... Read More