How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2014
3 hours 9 minutes
From four stunning and accomplished French women—a charming bestseller about how to slip into your inner cool and be a Parisienne.

In short, frisky sections, these Parisian women give you their very original views on style, beauty, culture, attitude and men. The authors—Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas—unmarried but attached, with children—have been friends for years. Talented bohemian iconoclasts with careers in the worlds of music, film, fashion and publishing, they are untypically frank and outspoken as they debunk the myths about what it means to be a French woman today. Letting you in on their secrets and flaws, they also make fun of their complicated, often contradictory feelings and behavior. They admit to being snobs, a bit self-centered, unpredictable but not unreliable. Bossy and opinionated, they are also tender and romantic.

You will be taken on a first date, to a party, to some favorite haunts in Paris, to the countryside, and to one of their dinners at home with recipes even you could do -- but to be out with them is to be in for some mischief and surprises. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, look natural, make your boyfriend jealous, and how they feel about children, weddings and going to the gym. And they will share their address book in Paris for where to go: At the End of the Night, for A Birthday, for a Smart Date, A Hangover, for Vintage Finds and much more.
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I had to force myself through the last two hours. There was absolutely nothing charming or witty or even entertaining about this book. If I was a Parisian woman, I’d be horrified by this account. As it turns out, there is no delightful mystery about Parisian women. They sound awful if even a fifth of this is true, and there wasn’t a bit of glamor or humor to offset it all. I couldn’t stand the narrator. I felt like I was being lectured to by someone’s nutty and out of touch grandmother trying to relive stories from her glory days. It felt sad and like she was trying too hard. Did not enjoy one bit.

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