I've traveled to France 3 times and each time I've gone, I've left saying "I will never, ever go back there." The food does nothing for me, the people I encountered were rude, the language is a challenge for me, crossing the streets as a pedestrian is life-threatening and yet there is something about it that keeps drawing me back. It's that "something" that Julia fell in love with immediately, but has taken me many years to realize.
I read My Life in France at about the same time that I heard that Julie & Julia, the movie, was coming out so the timing was perfect. I actually finished the book the night before I went to see the movie! Just so you can see how (dare I say) cute, Julia Child is, take a moment to watch the trailer from Julie & Julia. The Julia side of the movie follows the book very closely and brings Julia back to life again.