Bonjour, Happiness!

Bonjour, Happiness!

by Jamie Cat Callan
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Bonjour, Happiness! by Jamie Cat Callan

French women didn't invent happiness. But they know a thing or two about joie de vivre--being alive to each delicious moment.

As a young girl, Jamie Cat Callan was fascinated by her French grandmother. Though she had little money, Jamie's grand-mère ate well, dressed well, and took joy in simple, everyday pleasures. As Jamie journeyed through France as an adult, she gained more insight into the differences between French and American women. French women--whether doctors, shop owners, or housewives--don't worry about being thin enough, young enough, or accomplished enough. They age gracefully and celebrate their bodies. They know how to balance their lives--to love food without overeating, to work hard but not too much, to relish friends and family, and still make time for themselves. Now Jamie draws on everything French women have taught her and shows you how to:

Buy and consume less--and enjoy more

Look like a million Euros on a few francs

Find time to be alone

Flirt à la française

Rediscover your own mystery

Perfection isn't attainable, but happiness always is. And this uplifting, revelatory book shows every woman how to embrace it--and savor it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806534107
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 272,750
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JAMIE CAT CALLAN has lived in France, and has interviewed numerous French women. She has published books on the subjects of relationships and writing, and has been featured in the "Modern Love" column in the New York Times, as well as Best American EroticaThe Missouri Review, and Story and American Letters & Commentary. She currently teaches writing at Wesleyan University Graduate Liberal Studies Program, and lives with her husband in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Bonjour, Happiness! 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well wtitten and enjoyable learning experience.
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AmyELignor1 More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of wonderful tales and ideas that offer sheer inspiration, and literally teaches each and every one of us to enjoy life and give ourselves a break! The author, Jamie, speaks about Grandma. Grandma was a tall, slim, elegant woman, with jet black hair that'd turned silver over time. Grandma had the 'French' inside of her and she was the essence of a lady who knew all about "the art of living." A tender moment that Jamie and her Grandma shared was when Grandma used to shampoo Jamie's hair, and twist it into curls that made her resemble Shirley Temple. Jamie absolutely loved it when Grandma did this, because not only did she take her time, but she also used to send a smile to her granddaughter in the reflected mirror. That smile held more than love; that smile spoke volumes about a woman who'd truly lived and enjoyed every minute of it. In honor of her Grandmother, as well as wanting to find out exactly what it is that makes Frenchwomen seem far more happy and content than American women, Jamie traveled through France. Living and studying in a small town called Auvillar, Jamie threw herself into the French life - from everything to wine, cheese, and real butter - to how they feel about romance, and living life to the absolute fullest. The French woman - no matter what their socio-economic class, don't spend all their time worrying about money and how 'skinny' they look. They have this amazing optimism and they truly love each and every experience - whether good or bad - simply because it is the "moment" that they're living in. This author offers wonderful stories that touch on dance, food, the power of the 'dinner table' where families used to meet and actually speak to each other, and the power of handwriting - keeping it elegant in this ridiculous electronic world. She speaks about how age is a beautiful thing. Age means that you have traveled - you have lived - and there is nothing sexier than that. She teaches us that old dreams should be revitalized - that life is too short to set aside what you want and desire to simply pay the bills, and nothing else. These observations of life, dedicated to her Grandmother, are beyond enchanting. And all readers, including myself, could learn some wonderful lessons from these truly inspiring tales. Bravo!
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Laurie_G More than 1 year ago
With so much hype about happiness, the most glorious part of Jamie Cat Callan's newest release is that she shows how it's the simple things that truly bring joie de vivre. From the very first sentence you will leave behind the hustle bustle of American life to say Bonjour, Happiness! As if traveling with a warm and chatty best friend Jamie takes you through France, a la the scenic route. Her personal discoveries weave through the delicious narrative as you meet French women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, single, married, in the city and the countryside, who share secrets, recipes, and tips to easily bring the art of French joy to any American girl. All great trips have highlights; some of mine include a shopping trip and a très tempting dress, people watching in a café, and a French Weight Watchers meeting. Each chapter cleverly ends with "French Lessons," the pleasures derived from matching lingerie, fresh vegetables and air, flirtation, and Fondue just a few I've happily taken home to New York.
Nish More than 1 year ago
Very insightful, motivational, and inspirational. Entertaining from beginning to end. A pleasant treat that I am incorporating into my life. Merci beaucoup, Madame Callan!