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French women have an enviable reputation for being svelte, sexy, and stylish and for possessing a certain je ne sais quoi that doesn't seem to diminish with age. Fashion journalist and editor Jett reveals how middle-aged French women remain "forever chic" in this detailed look at the diet, skin, hair, makeup, and exercise regimen of la femme d'un certain âge. Like contemporary Francophone beauty authority Jamie Cat Callan, Jett relies on interviews and observations gathered during her stay in France. The author found, as many articles, blogs, and books about the French feminine mystique assert, that culture and confidence play an important role in French women's ability to age gracefully. The French purportedly celebrate older women, are fashion-conscious, control their food portions, and walk more than Americans. However, French women still work hard at maintaining their looks, and this volume provides commonsense and decidedly French head-to-toe beauty routines that yield results. Readers will also learn how to use color, accessories, and figure-flattering clothing to emulate the classic Parisian sense of style. VERDICT This worthwhile and entertaining addition will be popular in libraries where there is an interest in French culture.—Ajoke Kokodoko, Oakland P.L.