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 Arewill make you laugh as you slip into their shoes to become bold and free and tap into your inner cool.
©2014 Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas (P)2014 Random House Audio
"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 dont's.... 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." (Publisher’s Weekly)
"You don’t have to be French to be a Parisian." (Karl Lagerfeld)
"Very, very funny. While reading, I actually felt chicer, wittier, and très Parisienne. I was laughing out loud by the end." (Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée)
Absolutely! It was full of delicious moments and typically French madly wonderful antidotes for every day life! Throughly enjoyed it.
All of it!
I already am, however one can always add more to their little book of ideas.
I felt a little mislead by the books title and audio sample, and was sadly disappointed as a result. The book is mostly made up of single sentence/quotes, and less of a life story narration as I thought it would be.
I think Carrignton MacDuffie performance was fine. Its the book that I disliked, not the reader.
I especially enjoyed the voice of Carrington MacDuffie. Each of the small chapters were randomly organized which made the book even more interesting. I loved it!
It is easy to follow, the reader fits the book perfectly and I love all the information in the book. It is like listening to talk radio, something I could listen to several times over and still learn something new.
I thought it would be witty and funny and maybe give some insights into why Parisian women are so chic ( or have that reputation) but it was just incredibly pretentious and these women seem insufferable.
I love the honest insight into what makes the modern Parisian woman tick, showing how all the cogs and wheels fit neatly together in the form of messy hair, red lipstick, a white t-shirt, jeans, and 5 inch heels.
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