Under Paris Rooftops

When you are married to someone who spent a year in Paris and fell in love with the city you will be constantly subjected to her pleas to live there. After dozens of visits to the “city of light” Norman finally succumbed to Arleen’s dream and their adventure began. 

Under Paris Rooftops is the humorous story of the journey of an American middle-aged couple as they navigate the perils of purchasing an apartment in a country where their proficiency in the language was minimal and their knowledge of the banking and legal system was almost non-existent.  It shows how a loving relationship, and the help of friends are important in any adventure. 


“The Shabel’s love-letter to Paris and to each other illuminates the experience of living in the City of Lights as the cope with the foibles of the French. Their easy read reveals a heart-warming insight into the couple’s relationship along with the candid self-analysis in prose that flows and, at times, had me laughing out loud in recognition of an expat’s adventures in a foreign land. The Shabel’s memoir is undeniably an account that provides a rare achievement that combines enlightenment and entertainment.” – Malcom Carter, - journalist and global blogger.

“…This funny, sad, uplifting, warm, even bittersweet, memoir captures the youthful hearts of a couple living a dream and the ancient heart of one of the world's greatest cities. Even those who fear the French will love this book as I did”.   Hon. Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News Channel