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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (December 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455524115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455524112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"French women have incredible style and confidence. Mireille is an inspiration and her book is a must-read for any woman wanting to look better and ultimately feel more beautiful." --Bobbi Brown

Like a fabulous friend sharing her secrets, Mireille divulges, encourages and inspires. And she does it with joy." --Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing up Bebe

About the Author

Mireille Guiliano, a former chief executive at LVMH (Veuve Clicquot), is "the high priestess of French lady wisdom" (USA Today). She is the author of French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, the number 1 The New York Times Bestseller in the US. It has been translated into 37 languages. Mireille has appeared on The Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, NBC's Dateline, Oprah, CNN, among many national broadcasts, and has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, People, Business Week, More, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine and dozens of other publications, and she is the author of French Women for All Seasons, Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire, and The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook.

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Mireille Guiliano is the bestselling author of French Women Don't Get Fat and French Women For All Seasons. Born and raised in France, she is married to an American and lives most of the year in New York and Paris. She is the former President and CEO of Clicquot, Inc.

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After reading the 5 star "Forever Chic" by Tish Jett, I was looking forward to "French Women Don't get Facelifts" and ordered it.
Sunny
I have just finished reading the book and ended the last 20% of the book just flicking and skimming the pages.
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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Ursula Oaks on December 27, 2013
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Ms. Guiliano seems to have gotten a bit complacent about her responsibility to her readers on this one, and I'm really surprised that her editors didn't hold her to a higher standard. French Women Don't Get Fat was a great read, choc full of specific, helpful tips, anecdotes that readers could relate to, even recipes. French Women Don't Get Facelifts is a chore to read. It doesn't flow well, and the thoughts are poorly organized, as if they had been jotted down on airplane cocktail napkins and typed up by an assistant. And the content itself is, well, so basic and trite as to be pretty much worthless. What happened? Not sure, but I really regret having spent money on this book. There's nothing here but Ms. Guiliano's brand, and she isn't doing it any favors. She really should have worked harder for her readers.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Khezla Durr on December 28, 2013
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I enjoy reading anything Mireille Giuliano writes and according to this recent addition to her lineup, she is obligated by her publisher for another book beyond this one, which I will look forward to reading. I have a copy of all her previous offerings and look upon time spent with one of her chatty books as a pleasant part of my day.

That being said, I got the impression this book was rather hurriedly dashed off between intercontinental trips. It seemed to hit the high spots, wasn’t much on detail, and although I can understand a rehash of some of her previous material for the benefit of new readers, I also felt she relied too heavily on past efforts. Frankly, I expected, and hoped for, a little more. So much more could have been done with this book, that would have been helpful, and a number of opportunities were missed to expand what it had to offer. I sincerely hope that her next book will not be a rehash of past material with a different title. My comments follow.

Exercise: Walk, swim, climb stairs, do some yoga. All from previous books. Although she admits to now having added some Pilates exercises to the mix which she does at home, and mentioned strength training, she does not share her new found knowledge or anything of her personal routine with us. Disappointing. The most worthwhile part of this section was a detailed instruction regarding four yoga breathing exercises, which was very well done. Everything else was short on detail, hit the high spots.

Diet: The author’s personal diet appears to be primarily vegetable, low protein, low carb, low calorie, heavy on dairy using that for a lot of the protein, which would not set well with a goodly percentage of the readership.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Phillips on January 19, 2014
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I absolutely adore Mireilles other books. I really do believe her culinary and diet/lifestyle tools are her forte. I ordered this book with the confidence of loving and owning her other three books. I have just finished reading the book and ended the last 20% of the book just flicking and skimming the pages. Her advice is very general and not at all specific like her previous. Like her other reads, I was expecting some real pearls of wisdom - best kept secrets! They did not exist. Just general talk about thing we really know. Dare I say it, I found the book even boring in most areas. I would not purchase this as a gift for a friend. There are much better beauty books out there! What a shame and a disappointment this book was...!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J on December 29, 2013
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I felt like I was being lectured by the author. The writing seemed ever so slightly stern. By the end of the book, I felt a little overwhelmed and not exactly enthused. I actually preferred "Forever Chic" by Tish Jett to this book as her writing is upbeat, and she makes the experience appear to be delightful.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By linley on January 19, 2014
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This is so silly that I can't finish reading it. The advice on skin care etc is not only basic- it is the dangerously recycled old wives tale genre-"based, on her experience" (and she has been using the same products forever). Haircut advice- find someone like she did, who gives a flattering cut that lasts for 6 months with minimal maintenance- gee thanks. The French women that I know would laugh that we are so gullible and insecure. As an example, if you are interested in current research about skin care I suggest googling Paula Begoun and Dr. Irwin. I love all of the books about French fashion and style but not this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Fremont on January 28, 2014
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This is an enjoyable read. I like all the writers' work, but this does not really shed any light on anything new. Read it for enjoyment rather than any other reason...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Language Nut on February 8, 2014
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As someone with a doctorate who works in anti-aging medicine, I advise you to steer clear of this book. It is rambling, full of arrogance and misinformation, and downright dangerous in the discussion of hormones.
While I loved her other books, and this one has a few good moments, overall, if you know anything about anti-aging or mind/body medicine you may find yourself rolling your eyes. For instance, her comment that Thermage and Ultherapy are not painful shows how little she knows about advanced skin care. She advocates the use of drugstore cosmetics throwing around brands that she likes. She advocates the use of estrogen without progesterone supplementation, as, once again, she didn't like how progesterone made her feel. This advice is great cause for concern. Has she not read the literature which connects estrogen use without progesterone supplementation to breast cancer? Also, where is the discussion of bioidentical hormones which are a vastly superior alternative to synthetic hormones? How can she advocate hormone use and not discuss this alternative? Not all hormone supplementation is equal and yet, she seems unaware of this. Ridiculous for a book on anti-aging!
She is also incredibly negative about Americans in this volume when compared to her other books, and goes to great lengths to boast about how wonderfully she, and most French women, have aged (with some catty comments thrown in about her friends and famous actresses for good measure), and how many looks and comments she receives from "the richest man in France" to strangers on the street. I am so sorry that I read this and actually stopped reading after her advice to avoid dietary supplements (except possibly vitamin D). Her book French women for all Seasons is a wonderful book and I will treasure that while trying to forget that the same person wrote this. Aging with grace did not take place with this prose.
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