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Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide To Finding Her Inner French Girl Paperback – May 1, 2004
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Most American women would agree that those Frenchies have something going on. La Femme Nikita, Catherine Deneuve, even Audrey Tatou of Amélie fame-they all possess a certain je ne sais quoi. In this cutesy pick-me-up of a book, Ollivier-an American married to a Frenchman-insists that you, too, can be glamorous, mythic and mysterious; "a star in the pantheon of feminine beauty and strength." How can American gals tap into their inner Frenchness? Ollivier lays down the law, interspersing her must-dos with sidebars detailing, for example, legendary French ladies from Josephine Bonaparte to Coco Chanel. Among Ollivier's tips: for loungewear, think silk mou-mous or padded zebra-skin mules, not baggy sweat pants; toss the Equal and use regular sugar in your coffee; and go ahead and gossip, but be discreet. Stereotypical? Peut-être. But Ollivier's overall advice-seek beauty everywhere; accept character flaws; don't rush to define a romantic relationship-goes far beyond the realm of France and its women, and is evident in smart women the world over.
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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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Being a French American California girl I did enjoy her descriptions of the quintessential French girl - she described familiar tales of my own mother with the exception of "common" Parisian real estate inheritance (which is quite rare especially in this economic time). The references to leaving out the brie, not talking about occupations, and quantity over quality in every aspect of the French girls life I appreciated and can relate to 100%. I once even went so far as to doubt the heritage of my Uncle's wife due to the fact that she served us brie right out of the Frigo... quel horreur! Overall a fun read and a nice little validation that that "je ne sais quoi" of being French is bred, not bought.
This book includes chapters on work, home, fashion, and relationships. It also includes recipes, film and literature suggestions, and tributes to some of the world's favorite French women, like Coco Chanel, Audrey Tautou, Catherine Deneuve, and Edith Piaf. Some details will shock readers (like the accepted practice of a French man taking a mistress). But aside from that, or even because of it, this book is universally charming and intriguing...just like a French girl herself.