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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

"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)

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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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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not worth it

this book makes all Parisian women sound ridiculous, shallow, and massively bitchy.

while some sections are entertaining, others are about cheating on your significant other (‘everyone does it!’), how most Parisians don’t get married (because WHY would you commit yourself to just one person? and if you do bother to get married, don’t invite your family or his, that’s not what Parisians do), and talks about how hard you have to try to look effortless.

massively disappointed. would definitely not recommend.

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Fun and flakey

Not much substance, but fun to listen to. I did appreciate the fashion tips and the recipes.

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sooooo pretentious!

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.

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Love!

Listened to this book while sitting in cafés all throughout paris! Couldn't have loved it more! C'est parfait!

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Amazing insight into Parisian culture

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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Performance is good story line is non existing

Sort felt like I was just listening to woman talk about the dos and dont's but with no real story.