How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Love, Style, and Bad Habits

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385538657
Characteristics: xiii, 253 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour)
Additional Contributors: Maigret, Caroline de
Diwan, Audrey


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debwalker Oct 23, 2014

Vivid, vivacious insights, beautifully illustrated, into the lifestyle of la parisienne.

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VaughanPLAlyssia Feb 08, 2018

A very tongue-in-cheek take on Parisian life, so don't expect anything serious. I liked that these women were able to poke fun at themselves. This is really just a fun little reminder that Parisian women aren't perfect, and their je-ne-sais-quoi comes from confidence and wearing their flaws proudly. The pictures are really pretty too!

Aug 27, 2017

With so many authors this book has little consistency in style and makes you wonder between bullet points and somewhat philosophical essays on sex and relationships (in that order). From this book I understand that if you're arrogant, don't comb your hair, put on red lipstick and demonstrate certain behaviour ( I am mindful of my language here but the book tells it all) - you have a good chance to be mistaken for a Parisian. I am not sure if the authors wanted to create this perception, but if they did, mission accomplished.

Oct 17, 2016

Unfunny, unengaging, shallow, materialistic, in fact, unreadable.

Aug 04, 2016

Beautiful photography but that's it. HOW TO BE PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE fails on two counts: one, it is about being Parisienne, not Parisian, focusing on women only, which slashes its audience in half; and two, it is all style and no substance. It is a lot of wonderful imagery, yes, but it doesn't read like a traditional "how-to" book. It also has an interesting problem, in that the person this book will most appeal to will not like it. What do I mean by that? Well, the authors claim that true Parisiennes don't care about what people think and orchestrate their lives around not caring, but the only person who will read this book is someone who cares too much about how they're perceived and wants to seem like a glamourous French fantasy. For lack of substance, I deduct major points, but the art is lovely.

JCLKimG Sep 27, 2015

This is a very fun, casual read. You can flip through it quickly and find some laughs and some inspiration. The artwork is wonderful!

InspectorClouseau Jun 08, 2015

Vapid; insipid!

Apr 26, 2015

This book is not meant to be a life advice book. I had my honeymoon in Paris and was curious about this book. I don't know how much I care or don't care about others' opinions about me - I'm older. In any case, I really enjoyed this book as a source of amusement. I also made one or two notes, because there were a few good tips.

Apr 04, 2015

ridiculous, poor advice ... i am so embarrassed that I even flipped through this trite, vacuous tome of nonsense!

debwalker Oct 23, 2014

Vivid, vivacious insights, beautifully illustrated, into the lifestyle of la parisienne.

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Aug 27, 2014

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Apr 11, 2015

A light-hearted book about 4 Parisian women in their 30's. Humourous


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