Tulum and The Paris Wife

by Leslie on May 16, 2011

We just returned from 5 glorious days of sunshine in Tulum, Mexico. The trip was my husband, Jolian’s, birthday present and a much needed break from rainy New York. Quintana Roo is one of Jolian’s favorite areas to visit with its perfect combination of beautiful beaches and tacos. We ate well, relaxed, and came home golden brown red and splotchy. It was perfect.

I was also able to spend some much enjoyed time sobbing hysterically over a book, which has become my ritual vacation activity. It always happens. I somehow pick the saddest books to bring with me on our trips. This time it was The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, a novel that tells the story of Hadley and Ernest Hemingway’s marriage and time in Paris from Hadley’s perspective. Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast is one of my favorite books, so I loved reliving that period in his life. The story is so heartbreaking, I was weeping for days. I secretly love a good cry, although it’s really no secret with my shoulder shaking wails. Everyone at the hotel thought I was nuts, including Jolian, but he is used to it by now. In St. Lucia I read The Time Traveler’s Wife. In Maine I read Katharine Hepburn’s memoir Me. I couldn’t talk about that one for two days without tearing up. She couldn’t even go to Spencer Tracy’s funeral. It kills me still. If you too like to spend your free time bawling uncontrollably, I highly recommend The Paris Wife!

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HHC May 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

Looks like a great trip. Hope you went to see the ruins as well.

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Leslie May 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

We have toured the ruins on previous trips there, so this time we just looked at them from the beach. I needed Kate there to force me out of my lounge chair and begrudgingly see the sights! :)

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JDCM May 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

Leslie!
Love your blog! Glad I stole the link from Kate’s FB page… Ordered two of the books that you referenced above for while I’m out on maternity leave. Can’t wait!

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Leslie May 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

Oh good! Hope your pregnancy and married life is going well. Miss you!

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Molly Shifferly May 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

As you know, I did both the “Time Traveler’s Wife” and “Me” at your request on vacations and yes, balled for hours. The most upsetting, most amazing recommendation you gave me though and did not mention in this post was Joan Didion’s, The Year of Magical Thinking. Holy lord… talk about a tear-jerker! Love the posts. Keep em’ coming!

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Leslie May 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

I can’t believe I forgot about that one! Crying began at page 5. So good!

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