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

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


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From four stunning and accomplished French women — at last — a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave themselves.
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.
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are will make you laugh as you slip into their shoes to become bold and free and tap into your inner cool.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385538657
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 114,252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anne Berest is the author of two novels and a biography of Françoise Sagan published this year; she also writes for television, cinema, and theater.

Audrey Diwan
became a scriptwriter after studying journalism and political science. She wrote the screenplay for Cédric Jimenez’s La French, with Jean Dujardin, and is now directing her first feature film; she is also editor-at-large for the magazine Stylist.

Caroline de Maigret
studied literature at the Sorbonne before moving to New York to model. She returned to Paris in 2006 to found her music label. De Maigret has been an ambassador for Chanel since 2012, and supports women worldwide through the NGO Care.

Sophie Mas
was born and raised in Paris. After graduating from Sciences Po and HEC, she started her own film company and now works as a producer in Los Angeles, New York and São Paulo.

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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, smart and snobbish. My new bible !!!
Jess4 More than 1 year ago
I thought it was adorable! I was happy to find I fit the parisian bill for the most part already :P  it's not really a book about being classy, its about being quirky in a romanticized way. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I foun this little book inspiring and fun. It was the perfect thing to read during my plane ride to paris!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning: this witty, delightful read will have your heart believing it belongs in Paris. Every inch of this book leaves satirical trails behind and keeps the readers chuckling at the refreshingly relatable humor. Any woman can relate although it isn't meant for those in search of a serious read! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle in to learn about fashion and life from the humorous, effortless Parisienne perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you take life too seriously, then this book is probably not for you. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's not meant to be a step-by-step handbook, but rather a funny and quirky commentary on life from the perspective of some cheeky and *gasp!* imperfect French women. Obviously these women are not out to be Queen Elizabeth II, by any means. I get the impression that these are real women, with real lives who are able to laugh at themselves. If you are not able to laugh at yourself, then you make not enjoy this book. If you are, crack it open. It's a quick fun, light read that's probably going to make you chuckle. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a blast to read!  I got this book on a whim and was shocked that i loved it.  I normally only like classic literature, but this was just an easy, fun read.  
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I bought this as a Christmas gift for my sister who wishes she could live in Paris and she loved it! Quick shipping on Barnes and Nobles part as well.
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I ordered this book with international shipping but it didn't arrived, now I'm having a hard time getting attention from costumer support so I can get my refound. VERY displeased with the online costumer service, online chat has been out of service for days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money. I thought this would be a fun, guilty pleasure type read but I can't even make it through. The way the book is set up makes absolutesly no sense, it's full of random lists and photographs. $12.99 that I will never get back. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pure trash! Sorry! Every other author who writes about "French women". do it with class and elegance. Where these four supposedly self-established "established" French slobs came from is beyond me. If you want to learn how to be dirty, curse, smoke, be late for everything, seem disinterested in what others are saying, etc.., then this book is for you. I will stick to the French Women..series. Glad I saved the receipt, this went right back to Barnes and Noble.