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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Love, Style, and Bad Habits

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From four stunning and accomplished French women -- at last -- a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave themselves.
In short, frisky sections, these Parisian women give you their very original views on style, beauty, culture, attitude and men. The authors--Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas -- unmarried but attached, with children -- have been friends for years. Talented bohemian iconoclasts with careers in the worlds of music, film, fashion and publishing, they are untypically frank and outspoken as they debunk the myths about what it means to be a French woman today. Letting you in on their secrets and flaws, they also make fun of their complicated, often contradictory feelings and behavior. They admit to being snobs, a bit self-centered, unpredictable but not unreliable. Bossy and opinionated, they are also tender and romantic.
You will be taken on a first date, to a party, to some favorite haunts in Paris, to the countryside, and to one of their dinners at home with recipes even you could do -- but to be out with them is to be in for some mischief and surprises. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, look natural, make your boyfriend jealous, and how they feel about children, weddings and going to the gym. And they will share their address book in Paris for where to go: At the End of the Night, for A Birthday, for a Smart Date, A Hangover, for Vintage Finds and much more.
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are will make you laugh as you slip into their shoes to become bold and free and tap into your inner cool.

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 16, 2014 – Four whip-smart, successful French women poke fun at the stereotypes of the "Parisienne" and give genuine beauty and lifestyle tips, recipes, and fashion dos and don'ts. They maintain that a good wardrobe should have a signature piece, plus essentials like ballet flats, a little black blazer, and a classic "but very expensive" T-shirt, but aim for overall stylistic minimalism. As for the don'ts, the authors renounce hair dye, plastic surgery, and glasses, so "you won't have to acknowledge people you know." The Parisienne on a first date at a restaurant finds herself on a "complicated path through the jungle of her culinary neuroses." Her sense of humor is described as "joyous despair"; she is melancholic and contradictory. Other topics include the French woman's attitudes on romance, infidelity ("don't treat your lover like a boyfriend"), weddings, friendship, and interior decorating. An "address book" lists essential spots to visit in Paris. De Maigret's photography and a witty, wise, often tongue-in-cheek delivery puts the reader on a sure path to achieving the French femme's je ne sais quoi.

Customer Reviews

Save your money

Disappointing -Too light and breezy and short to pay $13- fluff without much substance.


Just read the samples on Amazon.


Other reviewers are saying its fluff - if it is, it's wonderful fluff :) Despite the fact that it has a lot of pictures and lists that may not come across to some as serious, it still conveys humor, melancholy, and the "joie de vivre" that makes me want to hop on the next flight to Paris! Worth every bit of the $11 - or in my case $25, as I bought in in hardback before finding it here. Happy reading!

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Self-Improvement
  • Published: Sep 02, 2014
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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