Wikipedia definition: Vignette (literature), short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a particular insight into a character, idea, or setting.
Enjoy vignettes of life in Paris in Eloisa James’ memoir of her family’s year in Paris. Not your typical memoir, Eloisa kept her tweets and Facebook posts while on sabbatical in Paris for a year with her family and turned them into this delightful Parisian read, Paris in Love. Descriptions of ultra- fashionably dressed ladies, wonderful restaurants, rude waiters and fabulous shopping all contribute to a vivid picture of Paris. Funny stories surrounding her children’s adjustment to new schools, friends and language challenges are part of the flavor. I appreciate Eloisa’s ability to describe the little details of life, such as, “This morning I dropped Anna off at school then walked across the Seine on a lavishly gilded bridge. The wind was fiercely chilly, but the sky bright blue, and the way the sun shone on the river and danced over all that gold leaf opened a door straight from winter to a slice of spring.”