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Bonjour, Happiness! Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Accustomed to the American pursuit of happiness, Callan (French Women Don't Sleep Alone, 2009, etc.) explores her French roots to find fulfillment in life's simple pleasures. The spirit of the book centers around the idea that: "In America, we've come to think that bigger and faster is better. But suppose it is the opposite smaller and slower is better?" Through her travels, interviews and self-exploration, the author reveals the importance of living in the moment, and she offers delightful recipes for living. If you stop gormandizing, you will enjoy your meal, drop a few pounds and maybe even find a companion as depicted in Callan's instructions for a Roquefort soufflé. She urges readers to sit down and enjoy their coffee, to be inspired by their surroundings. Through a series of complimentary anecdotes, the author asks readers to examine how they lead their lives. Why not take the stairs? Why not take pride in what you wear, even if that means merely putting on some sexy lingerie? Why not use the fine china more often? Even though the author traveled to France to discover the art of happiness, she gives tangible suggestions on how to live like the French no matter where you are.
Translates the joie de vivre into a language of life that is not so foreign. --Kirkus review for BONJOUR, HAPPINESS!
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The author, Jamie, speaks about Grandma. Grandma was a tall, slim, elegant woman, with jet black hair that'd turned silver over time. Grandma had the `French' inside of her and she was the essence of a lady who knew all about "the art of living." A tender moment that Jamie and her Grandma shared was when Grandma used to shampoo Jamie's hair, and twist it into curls that made her resemble Shirley Temple. Jamie absolutely loved it when Grandma did this, because not only did she take her time, but she also used to send a smile to her granddaughter in the reflected mirror. That smile held more than love; that smile spoke volumes about a woman who'd truly lived and enjoyed every minute of it.
In honor of her Grandmother, as well as wanting to find out exactly what it is that makes Frenchwomen seem far more happy and content than American women, Jamie traveled through France. Living and studying in a small town called Auvillar, Jamie threw herself into the French life - from everything to wine, cheese, and real butter - to how they feel about romance, and living life to the absolute fullest. The French woman - no matter what their socio-economic class, don't spend all their time worrying about money and how `skinny' they look. They have this amazing optimism and they truly love each and every experience - whether good or bad - simply because it is the "moment" that they're living in.Read more ›
I connected with the author right from the introduction, when Jamie describes herself as a woman who often feels she is "not smart enough, not rich enough, not organized enough, not accomplished enough, not slim enough and definitely not young enough. All this to say I'm a typical American gal!" I thought, me too, and decided she might have some secrets that I could really use.
She does. With simple easy-to-take-home ideas, Jamie shows us how rediscovering our own joie de vivre is well within everyone's reach, no matter your age or body type. Halfway through the book, she reminds us that, "Everything you do in life has the potential to add to your happiness, your joie de vivre." You always have a choice, and throughout the book Jamie helps us see these choices and examine which ones truly make us happier.
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This book has changed my life. I was so depressed with aging. I am a complete different person inside now. Thank You Jamie CallanPublished 21 days ago by Lou A.
I love of Jamie Callan's books: they're just beautifully written. This one is of course about how French women find happiness in the moments of life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ConnieL
Like this one. Felt in love with France even more. And with cooking! So many truly amazing recipesPublished 3 months ago by Mariia Stepantsova
Facile. Banal. Shallow. Some folks will like it, but don't bother if you are at all introspective.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Thank you, Jamie for taking the time to write this wonderful book! It was a joy to gleam from your truths!Published 9 months ago by Jessica
So so. If you can buy it at a used book sale, it might be worth a quick read. Otherwise, skip it.Published 12 months ago by J. Nixon
The author had a mother and grandmother how to cook and do preserves . Then shown her a graceful attitude.And then the fashion sense it's not what you think. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer Chris & Pamela
I am not a fan of self-help books or empowering books. I accidentally stumbled on this one I thought it was a fiction book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Karen Reyes