How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Love, Style, and Bad Habits
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (415 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"You don’t have to be French to be a Parisian." (Karl Lagerfeld)
"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)
"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)

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Superb!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! It was full of delicious moments and typically French madly wonderful antidotes for every day life! Throughly enjoyed it.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it!

What did you learn from How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are that you would use in your daily life?

I already am, however one can always add more to their little book of ideas.

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Perfection.

"The Parisienne already knows what she must think: the opposite of what you think, no matter what." I loved it

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LOVE this book, now listening for the second time.

What did you love best about How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are?

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.

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A Delightful Read!

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!

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So silly. Don’t waste your time or credit.

Honestly this book is insulting to Parisian women, painting them as vapid, silly and immature. The lack of structure isn’t charming. It just speaks to the banality that is this book. Just a bunch of clichés and old tropes. Also, this narrator, who has narrated many other books with not a hint of French accent, suddenly puts one on, like a caricature in a cheap beret and red lipstick. Please. Go for something by Mirele Guiliano instead. Someone who portray French women with soul and depth, not some goofy Nora Ephron character.

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A bunch of sayings the authors thought were cute.

Sometimes it gave me a chuckle, but I struggled to finish this book. It's mostly one liners like "Always be f*ckable."
Well, ok.
There wasn't a story line or even structure and most of the one liners were about shallow women. This should not have been a book but instead passing conversations between indecisive childish girls.

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Buy the hard copy

The reader did a great job reading the text. However, the chapters are very short, and some of them consist of recipes and list of addresses. I think it would just be a better format to read instead of listening to it as an audiobook.

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Stunning 😍

An original copy of French woman lifestyle.

Paris is the city of love, light, fashion, food, and art. Its inhabitants exude elegance, culture, and confidence to near-goddess status. They eat carbs, take lovers, and embrace all their imperfections. What sets French women apart is that they are unapologetically confident.

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Fun and easy reading

Just a book which needs to be read and re-read once in a while. Simply loved it.

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How to Be Parisian

Light reading, and a treat to read. The narration was perfect for this fun read.