How to Be Parisian brilliantly deconstructs the French woman's views on culture, fashion and attitude.
Bohemian freethinkers and iconoclasts, Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas cut through the myths in this gorgeous, witty guide to Parisienne savoir faire.
These modern Parisiennes say what you don't expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. They are not against smoking in bed and all for art, politics and culture, making everything look easy and going against the grain.
They will take you on a first date, to a party and through a hangover. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, how to make your boyfriend jealous and the right way to approach weddings and 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, for vintage finds and much more.
Full of wit and self-deprecating humour, How to Be Parisian explains those confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne can.
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I love it
Enjoyable in places, but mostly infuriating
Maybe but only out of a sort of incredulous 'can you believe what this book is saying?!' sort of way. I was sorely disappointed and it wasn't really what I was expecting. I surprisingly found this book to be kind of backwards and sexist. I find it hard to believe that Parisian women are really as rude and try-hard as this book makes them out to be.
'Don't wear lipstick on a date because you want your date to think you think you're a natural beauty but always wear lipstick to the grocery store in case you see someone you know'
There's even a chapter on how to convince your boyfriend that you are having an affair when you're not. I know that most of this book was probably (hopefully?) meant to be tongue in cheek but if I hadn't listened to this on my commute anyway, it would have felt more like a waste of my life.
It just sounds like a weird modern version of one of those 1950s 'How to be a perfect wife and mother' type books.
It was fine, it felt natural, I can't say there was anything special about it.
Probably out of morbid curiosity.
A bad, non-fiction version of 'Sex and the City' in Paris but without the story.
- Stephanie Lane