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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits Hardcover – September 2, 2014
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“You don’t have to be French to be a Parisian.“
“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
About the Author
Anne Berest is the author of two novels and a biography of Françoise Sagan published this year; she also writes for television, cinema, and theater.
Audrey Diwan became a scriptwriter after studying journalism and political science. She wrote the screenplay for Cédric Jimenez’s La French, with Jean Dujardin, and is now directing her first feature film; she is also editor-at-large for the magazine Stylist.
Caroline de Maigret studied literature at the Sorbonne before moving to New York to model. She returned to Paris in 2006 to found her music label. De Maigret has been an ambassador for Chanel since 2012, and supports women worldwide through the NGO Care.
Sophie Mas was born and raised in Paris. After graduating from Sciences Po and HEC, she started her own film company and now works as a producer in Los Angeles, New York and São Paulo.
Top Customer Reviews
You can flip to any page and start reading, 'cause it's a mishmosh of :
40% bullet-point "list-icles" of Parisian aphorisms, do's + don'ts
30% filler photography by one of the authors
20% inner monologues that show Parisienne's thought processes on life
10% filler artwork (gotta fill up more space!)
The tone is informative, yet intentionally self-deprecating, 'cause, like, "let's not turn off the American audience with our snobbisms and superiority complex! After all, we need to sell books!" This makes the book engaging and easy to read at first.
Chapter 1: The Basics
-Aphorisms: "make it look easy", "always be f*ckable", "be own your knight in shining armor"
-Fashion No-No's: "wearing too much makeup", "sweatpants", "Ugg boots"
-Mannerisms, Faux Pas, Famous Parisiennes
In essence, the Parisienne doesn't want to look primped 'n polished. She's naturally confident, having grown up with an excellent French education that has cultivated her in philosophy, arts, literature, and good taste. This is key--- she has so much substance that she knows she's worth it. No need to prove it with designer logos or bling. She's selfish in a good way, which can read as snobbish to Americans.Read more ›
There's not enough substance here to even be the source of a giggle fest for a preadolescent girl.
The collection of advice in these pages is reminiscent of advice on how to be`Cosmo Girl' in 1970's Cosmopolitan magazines. And I think even Cosmo's editor, the late, Helen Gurley Brown would cringe at these anachronistic bits of wisdom.
We learn the Ideal man can be a bad boy. (...but you always forgive him.)
Instead of sulking we should play the role of the perfect woman.
To make a man think you have a lover you should cry from time to time with no reason.
`The Parisienne is in love with the idea of love. To a pathological degree. Her entire life revolves over the flutterings of her heart.'
There are fashion tips and recipes and places to go and advice about what to do when you have an audience and don't like your naked behind, 'Walk sideways with your back against the wall.' If you think your legs are too short, or thighs too wide, tip toe. Cross arms over your unliked naked breasts and lie on your back in bed.
Always wear perfume when you go out.
I found nothing here particularly Parisian or interesting or new or enlightening.
This book is a waste of your money, your time, your good sense and your healthy self respect.
Review based on a Bound Galley not yet for sale.
At other times the book comes off as vapid and superficial - as if it is all an act - and maybe it is. If you need an instruction manual to tell you how to be, then this is your book. Since I am well past this stage and in my 50's I found the book to be a bit too faux for my taste. Real style and becoming who you are takes years to accomplish and probably won't be found here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this was a really entertaining light read. I think that a lot of the people giving this a lower rating were taking it too seriously. This book is tongue-in-cheek humor. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
The worst, most inane, idiotic piece of chic lit ever written. Trust me on this. It is beyond idiotic, thrown together so quick there was no time for spell check, in hopes that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. Durden
Kind of cute and fun in the beginning......unfortunately it quickly became self-congratulatory nonsense. Loved the recipes though, I found a few I want to try.Published 1 month ago by Tamara Connors
AMAZING BOOK!!! I read it it a matter of 3 hours, couldn't put it down.. a great book for everything ParisianPublished 2 months ago by quaintrelle