Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier

Date of Publication: 2003, St. Martin’s

Number of Pages: 237

Synopsis: Provocative and practical, lively and intelligent, Entre Nous unlocks the mystery of the French girl and the secret of her self-possession. Why do French women always look inimitably stylish? How do they manage to sit in a café for a three-course lunch and a glass of wine…by themselves? What gives them the certainty that allows them to refuse anything – whether a man, a job, or a little black dress – that doesn’t suit them perfectly?

More than just a book on fashion, Entre Nous is about the essence of French living – its observations about French women and their ways will help you take the best of all pages from the French girl’s book: the page that reveals how to really enjoy life. ~From inside cover

Review: As an admirer of all things French, I knew that this book was a must-read for me. I’ve read other books on the same subject, but this book not only explores the fashions and the food that we love so much, but really delves into the rules that the French girls lives by: discretion, self-possession, and taking the time to find quality and sensuality. The French girl seems mysterious only because she is so completely in control of herself – and not in the way we think. She understands herself to a degree that we Americans or English women rarely achieve. This book teaches us how to slow down our lives and how to find ways to bring into it a little of that French je ne sais quoi. I found this book to be not only entertaining, but inspiring.

This book includes chapters on work, home, fashion, and relationships. It also includes recipes, film and literature suggestions, and tributes to some of the world’s favorite French women, like Coco Chanel, Audrey Tautou, Catherine Deneuve, and Edith Piaf. Some details will shock readers (like the accepted practice of a French man taking a mistress). But aside from that, or even because of it, this book is universally charming and intriguing…just like a French girl herself.

Rating: 10/10

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