book review: how to be parisian wherever you are

Bonjour! Today’s blog post is another French Book Review. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve done one of these, but I plan to do quite a few more because there is no shortage of books on the French woman. (Check the bottom right of this blog for more titles).

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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits is written by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas. These four French friends provide the reader with their very original– and very French views on style, culture, pregnancy, dinner parties and men. The book is broken down into 5 easy to read chapters:

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1. Get the Basics: public privacy, what you won’t find in her closet, etc.

2. Own your Bad Habits: hosting a dinner party, how to make him think you have a lover, etc.

3. Cultivate your Allure: how to dress, what’s on her bookshelf, skin care, etc.

4. Dare to Love: love, men, being naked, pregnancy, etc.

5. Parisian tips: recipes, how to set the table, movies, etc.

Embrace your inner snob. (Because let’s face it, that’s who you are).

When this book first came out, I bought it first thing because I just knew it was going to be excellent; and it was.  The authors hold nothing back (but maybe a little because they are after all French women) and give you an insight into “the quintessentially Parisian art of being a woman”. There are lists, stories, recipes, short paragraphs and pictures of French women of all colors that all help you understand how Parisian women think and live their lives. Some of the things you may have heard before, but most of it you probably haven’t.

 You don’t plan a baby shower; you don’t need to celebrate the fact that you had sex 8 months ago.

This is one of those books I’m happy to own, knowing I’ll come back to it time and time again when I’m feeling frumpy, exhausted from motherhood, or when I’m planning my first dinner party and don’t know what to talk about with my guests. Highly recommend.

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