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

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  10,941 ratings  ·  1,226 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 253 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Doubleday
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Laura
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I feel sorry for the people who have given this book one or two stars and completely missed the point.
This book is supposed to sound ridiculously pretentious and snobbish. It's not supposed to be taken seriously.

I absolutely loved it. As I read it, I could feel the irony and sarcasm dripping through the words written. I laughed out loud a lot while reading it, especially the times I recognized myself in some of the pages. I like to think of myself as someone who doesn't take themselves too serio
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Alicia
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book should be given to every girl when she turns 20. It's full of advice on how to not turn out like Lena Dunham. One of the tips: spray your breasts with cold water at the end of your shower. Why? I don't know but it sounds very helpful. And may God help you if you move to the Provinces.
Amelia
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
How to be a bltchy, game-player.

I read a lot of Paris-related books. Mostly because I like the attitude many Europeans have towards food, fashion and culture. This book might be true about the attitude and behaviors of French women but it's nothing I'd want to emulate. I put the book down after I saw that it suggested to send yourself flowers and list your sister in your phone under a man's name. WTF. If you want a lover, have a lover. Don't pretend. That's so immature.
Reff Girl
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest




To quote from the Introduction of How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, “Parisiennes aren’t privy to a secret “skinny” gene, they aren’t always easy to be with, and aren’t all perfect mothers. In fact, they are very imperfect, vague, unreliable, and full of paradoxes. But they can also be funny, attentive, curious, and ironic and they know how to enjoy life.”

Having walked the streets of Paris, and seen for myself the seemingly uncalculated ways that Parisian women o
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Nessie McInness
There is a quote in Ghost World that sums up this book perfectly: "obnoxious, extroverted, pseudo-bohemian art-school losers".
I like Caroline de Maigret. She was the reason I bought this book. I also love the idea of living in a romantic place like Paris (I have lived in Barcelona before and it was AMAZING. I miss that. I have visited Paris, but never fell in love with it. Only the idea of it. If that makes sense).

Well, this wasn't what I expected. AT ALL.
This book should be called "How to be a
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Vanessa
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that I thought I would really love. It is a kind of pseudo self-help style book, on how to emulate the class, sophistication, and style of the Parisienne in everyday life.

A lot of this book is of course tongue-in-cheek, but at the same time it made my toes curl with annoyance at certain points. I particularly didn't warm to or agree with a lot of the authors' takes on love, and in particular, cheating - going as far as to encourage it at points. The attitudes presented towards a
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7jane
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book to be taken completely seriously, yet at the end you feel like you have a picture of this Parisian, as decribed by the four authors: the style, the culture, the attitude, the men, plus some basic recipes and addresses. Plenty of photos and drawings are included, plus some short conversations.

Between 'facts', there are scenes: parties and dinner parties, at work, when pregnant or a mother, playing anonymous in your own city, at a wedding (hers), in the countryside (where one ca
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kristin
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
Dumb.
Ingrid Lola
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Just as I suspected: overly "poetic" and self-congratulatory. Anyway I'm glad I hated it because I need to start posting some lower ratings to reestablish my credibility here...
Siena Mirabella
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very simple quick read, and it was oh so enjoyable. i found myself laughing out loud at certain parts. Also, found a bunch of cool places to visit!!
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Σε γενικές γραμμές δε ξέρω κατά πόσο μοιάζουμε οι Ελληνίδες με τις Παριζιάνες. Να, λοιπόν, τα συμπεράσματά μου από το βιβλίο αυτό: Οι Παριζιάνες, γενικά, θέλουν να νιώθουν άνετα. Αυτό σε καμία περίπτωση δε σημαίνει φόρμα, αθλητικό παπούτσι και μαλλί δεμένο κόμπο. Αντίθετα σημαίνει απλό αλλά σικάτο ντύσιμο, χαλαρά "φυσικά" μαλλιά, ελαφρύ μακιγιάζ, ελάχιστα αξεσουάρ και όλα αυτά μέσα στην πολύ σικ απλότητα που τις χαρακτηρίζει. Είναι επίσης κάπως μελαγχολικές, και τους αρέσει να παίζουν με τους άν ...more
Rose
Sep 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh. Self-absorbed young women could actually be from anywhere.
Eric
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits is a somewhat strange book. It seems to be more decorative than informative - not because it has lots of pictures or a unique design, but because it doesn't exist so much to be read as glanced at and commented on. Almost like carrying Lolita around in the hopes someone will comment and think how cool you are to read Lolita, this book is more about the facade of what it mea
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Blair
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this as a Christmas present. With no idea what to expect from it, I approached it like a fashion magazine, keeping it to hand whenever I was in the kitchen, flicking through a handful of pages at a time and then forgetting about it for a while. That accounts for how long it took me to read it. But I really, really liked it, far more than I expected to. Sharp, sassy, insouciant and tongue-in-cheek - simply reading it automatically made me feel more Parisian.

And like pretty much every
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Abby
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Or, How to Be Unbearable Wherever You Are. As much as I admire French style and happily self-identify as a Francophile, I am not taking life advice from Parisiennes. This is just another poorly executed book from the cottage industry French People Have Better Lives than You. Disappointed. (But still really excited to go to Paris this summer.)
Dimitrouela
Feb 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon17
Αίσχος καλέ συνάνθρωποι, αλλά για να χτίσεις, πρέπει πρώτα να μπαζώσεις.

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Huyen Pham
Đáng ra tên sách phải là 'Sống như phụ nữ Paris' mới đúng. Quyển này, nó vừa chứa những điều thú vị và những điều khó chịu nho nhỏ. Nếu mà coi đây là miêu tả toàn diện và chân xác nhất về phụ nữa Paris (nếu, tại 4 tác giả đều là phụ nữ Paris cả mà) thì các cô ấy đáng yêu thật, đáng để yêu ấy. Thú vị, ngọt ngào, ngây thơ, phù phiếm, có lúc ranh mãnh và cả nhiều lúc khó chịu (thật chẳng nghĩ ra từ nào khác để tả cả). Mình sẽ chỉ nhắc đến điều khó chịu thôi :))) còn những điểm đáng yêu kia hãy đọc ...more
Mina
Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
What a god-awful book. Received it as a gift, felt obliged to at least try to read it. Sped read the entirety of it following the first page. It doesn't even really deserve one star, it's just complete garbage. The most Parisian thing about this book is the word Parisian in the title. Moby Dick was entirely more Parisian than this sorry concoction. Ugh, I need a brain cleanse.
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I thought I’d take a break from all the fiction I was reading and delve into something a bit lighter. This book was perfect. I’ve always been a fan of French style. Parisian women are so effortlessly chic and give out this, “I’m an intellectual but also beautiful” vibe that is, simply put, timeless. This book contains practical information on closet essentials, but also hilariously deconstructs the mystique of the Parisian woman. The spreads are also amazing and filled with everything from end-t ...more
Erin
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read any and every "French-Parisian-Fashion-Joie de vivre" type of book. This is one for my collection. I read it in an afternoon. Nothing groundbreaking or new to me, but enjoyable nonetheless. I admire each one of les quatre femmes who created the book, so I knew I'd enjoy my time engrossed in it. It's just that I felt that it was too brief to actually GET to become "engrossed" in it. But I did enjoy my short visit.
Parisians are not easily pleased, and the same can be said for myself. 4 star
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Katie George
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is more of a coffee table book than anything else, but it is filled with lists and stories that do not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it's one that I will flip through often when I'm in need of some inspiration or laughter. Definitely the perfect book to gift any twenty something young woman.
Müni (MuenisBookWorld)
The book is okay, but not the BOMB.

I loved the illustrations and quotes in the book, though.

OKAY, NEXT.
Steve Kemp
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I must say ,I am a guy.................But I absolutely loved this book ! Check it out ,you will not be disappointed !!
Ivana Books Are Magic
This book is probably best suited for those who can understand its self-ironic and sarcastic sense of humour. If you don't get it, you might find it a bit cold, snobbish and pretentious. I don't think it was ever supposed to be taken completely seriously, but then again who knows? Maybe that's part of its charm- not being quite sure of what it is supposed to be about. This book is somewhat hard to describe, for despite the fact that it was written by four woman, it seems to be a work of a single ...more
Nari
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fun & quirky collection of what it is to be a Parisian woman. The book doesn't have any formal structure. There is no story. It's a series of snippets into the life of a Parisian told by 4 Parisian women. They discuss eveything from clothes to shoes to affairs & dinner parties. No surprise, the book is loaded with delicious recipes that I want to make right away. The book is funny, although the Parisian woman sounds ridiculously high-maintenance in her attempts to appear low-maintainen ...more
Ecem  Yücel
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. It made me laugh, think about things and realize that I'm at least 55% Parisienne, because I normally do a lot of things that the authors of this book says The Parisienne does. It was weird to see I have some habits of Parisian women -even the rude ones sometimes. Yet it made me giggle sometimes, made me feel confident and amused too, hence the 4 stars.
Liv (Оља)
I just loved this.
Tina
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cultural
3 Beach read stars

I read this during this summer but only now finished the last few pages.
I enjoyed it, it's perfect summer beach read, to carry around with you in your bag.
You can rest, not think too much and enjoy sea and sun.

The book had for me some laugh out loud moments also I didn't agree with some parts but overall it was - fun!
I know lot of reviews said that authors are 'bitchy' but I don't agree, the book is full of sarcasm and it shouldn't be taken literally. But different strokes for
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Alexa
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Love letters to Paris and Parisian women by 4 Parisian women. I really enjoyed this. It addition to short essays it includes recipes and locations for specific things like restaurants, stores and bars.

Marta
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, personīgās
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“Enjoy the face you have today. It's the one you'll wish you have ten years from now.” 32 likes
“Take the time to listen and to get to know yourself. Take the time to change, to grow, to rest. Take the time to say yes, take the time to say no. Take the time to be quiet. Take the time to look after your body, to eat well. Take the time to ask yourself who you are and what you want.” 30 likes
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