- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (May 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312308779
- ISBN-13: 978-0312308773
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 127 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide To Finding Her Inner French Girl Paperback – May 1, 2004
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“A fun, interesting read with more to offer than fashion tips...(Ollivier) cracks the French style code.” ―Palm Beach Post
“Ollivier dishes on that je ne sais quois that French women seem to have, and how American women can attain it.” ―Dallas Morning News
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What makes French girls as serenely self-satisfied as purring cats...and catnip to the men who admire them?
We'd all be as free as the French girl if we looked like her, right? The stereotypical French girl is often insolently thin, casually chic, and fashionable despite a simple wardrobe. With or without makeup she is always put together and utterly self-confident, imbued with natural elegance and an elusive distance that is particularly, maddeningly French.
But this stereotype obscures delicious pardoxes about the French girl and her body. Yes, she does have an exasperating tendency to be thin. Reams have been written trying to decode the mystery of a people who smoke, drink, eat goose fat, and still look fabulous. But in reality, the French girl comes in a multitude of styles and body shapes, and whatever her figure, she looks remarkable and just plain sexy.
The French girl understands that sexy is a state of mind. Her relationship to food and her body is sensual, not tyrannical, and she takes pleasure in both.
Entre Nous copyright 2004 Debra Ollivier
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It's a fun, easy ready that will teach you about both France and how to build your own French style. A+!
The premise of this book is not how to reinvent yourself, but how to discover yourself. The means to self-discovery the author expresses are through 1) quality, not quantity, 2) authenticity 3) self-esteem 4) appreciation of history. These main themes are delivered through charming vignettes of French life, be it their cinema, literature, famous women, or famous cuisine.
Each chapter discusses the various (and applicable) ways French women maintain their head, their hearts, their bodies, their kitchens and their relationships. Though Ollivier (rightfully) concedes the diversity of mannerisms, shapes and sizes of French women, she asserts that a few elements of French women are the same. Namely, French women tend not to have drastic makeovers, but are deeply rooted in their sense of self, culture, and intuition. Many French women have pride in their history, family, and guard their words carefully. They don't form bonds with others with such rapidity as Americans. They cook with little regard to fat content, but great regard to quality and freshness of ingredients. They shop for quality, durability, and longevity vs the price or spur-of-the-moment.
Does Ollivier stereotype? Yes and no. She hedges her words carefully enough that no one could say she dichotomizes the groups too starkly, but perhaps more importantly, she does state the benefits of American perspectives and French perspectives.
Being someone who is assertive and confident in her identity, I wouldn't have read this book except for the extra credit it provided in my college French course. Ironically, I wouldn't offer this book to anyone who ISN'T confident in who they are. For those who do have a strong sense of self, this book explains that such confidence is not arrogant or snobbery: it is French and it is fabulous. Finally, there's a woman's self-help book providing guidance for those who need no help or guidance at all.