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Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Part travel narrative and part lifestyle guide, Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French is a must-read for anyone who’s ever dreamed about traveling to or living in France.

Author Jordan Phillips is a bona fide Francophile. Just show her a wedge of oozy French cheese or a slightly dilapidated Mansard roof, and she’ll swoon every time. Be
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Published June 24th 2016 by Lure of Luxe LLC
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Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun-Filled, perhaps (future) reference book
I found this book to be quite interesting. I learned a lot of things about France, specifically Paris, that I had no clue about. One day I hope to visit there and this is just the book that I needed to enlighten me in a light-hearted fashion. I definitely recommend this to anyone who has that same dream to go there, those that have visited, and/or anyone who would just like to learn more about the culture, dress, people, etc.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would as books such as these can often go either way as far as more fluff than substance.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a fresh take on what life and living (or at least visiting) in Paris means.

With Inspired by Paris, Jordan Philipps has created a refreshing and enjoyable read about the French capital. It is a fun read with innumerable advice on experiencing a wonderful stay in Paris. The readers learn about the Parisians' behaviour, gain insights in the art of letting the world go by, are lured to smell and taste, and dive into the world of French artists of any kind. Jordan Phillips paints a clear
Julius Blitzy
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, I’m not being pessimistic but not even in the near future I’m going to be

able to travel to Paris, I’m now trying to survive a difficult situation and it

requires a lot of time, but that is not why we are here right?

I definitely enjoy reading this book, more than being informative it also has a lot

of fun, but above all it is quite honest about the good, the bad and what’s worth

to visit there and what’s not.

If by any chance you’re planning on travel there for pleasure give this book a try,

Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Filled with nitty gritty things to know about Paris and its people, this is one of those books for keeps (for future reference).

I liked learning about how to get around in the city and how to just enjoy the moments there.

This book contains some history, shared recipes and lists of fashion, food, films and fun facts to be in a Paris mind-set and mode.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Francophiles and wanna be Francophiles.
Have you always wanted to visit Paris? Live in Paris? This book will give you a glimpse of what it's like to be an American in Paris. It's written in an easy to read conversational tone. The author shares her experiences of visiting, living in, and loving Paris; although, it seems she's not quite as fond of the people of Paris as she is the city and its culture and products. I suppose that's not so surprising given the title and subtitle of the book. The author points out things you can do and b ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French is Better Than Being French by New York City author Jordan Phillips is a light look at the French lifestyle. The author appears to split her time between New York and Paris and just happens to love all things French. This is a humorous look at the perceived French mystique- and goes on to unearth the actuality of being French. She explains the difference between the perception of France, one that is sophisticated and quaint with small bistros and ...more
Lisa Magenheimer
Informative and fun!

This is my first written review but this wonderful book presents Paris in such a unique way, I just needed to share.Almost everything i read,fiction and non fiction seems to be set in Europe. I have been lucky enough to travel through Central and Eastern Europe on a couple of vacations but don't think i will ever get enough however, I am drawn to Paris in a way that is unexplainable. I found a kindred spirit in Ms. Phillips! At the moment, because I have been reduced to being
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads. I really liked this book. It has so much practical information about Paris culture. It would be helpful for someone going for a week or someone on a semester abroad or moving there for a time. There are lots of fun bits of information on table manners, movies, clothes, books and all kinds of things. I was going to send this book to my sister who would like to visit Paris. Instead, I am going to keep the book and buy her a new copy. Enjoy this book if you read it and ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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More honest than most books I've read of this genre (and I promise you I'll read anything about Paris and France I can get my hands on)

Also appreciated the recommendations at the end.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
‘Paris is always a good idea… whether in reality or just fantasy.’

New York City author Jordan Phillips also lives in an apartment in Paris where she gathers all the information for her well-established authority on products Parisienne. She earned a master’s degree in fashion marketing and management from the École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) in Paris, and a bachelor's degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her books include SU
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Are the French really rude people? Do age specific goals really exist in France? What is it like to actually live in France? If you have ever asked any of these questions, then you may want to pick up a copy of Inspired By Paris. It may just be the book you are looking for.
I have to tell you guys, I love Paris and France. I have only been there once and it was amazing. That said there was so much more that I would love to experience and know. So when I was contacted about the possibility of this
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this book before you go to Paris and take it with you!

This really is a fantastic book about Paris and Parisians. It imparts the full flavour of Paris - the touch, the taste, the smell - much in the same way as Jan Morris gave us Venice and Frank Kusy, India. Of course, there is a place for guide books that give me top ten lists of museums and places of interest and of restaurants rated by star and $ signs, but this book offers so much more. Just look at the appendices at the back, comprisin
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Inspired by Paris is inspired by Phillips’ travels and other authors of French history, politics, and travelogues. With over eight pages of sources and large swatches of quotes, it reads more like a school essay than a memoir or travelogue. But the Visiting Paris 101 chapter is the shining star; helpful and succinct it nicely lays out all you need to know to get the most out of your visit. However, I felt it was missing a sense of Phillips personality. It started off well with personal anecdotes ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found “Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French” to be very touching while giving realistic opinions and point-of-views about “everything French”. Ms. Jordan Phillips gently encourages you to experience France, to put down your pre-conceptions and biases and to open yourself to new French experiences.

I also liked that Jordan did not use this book as an instrument to bash either culture but instead used it as a mirror for all to see and form their own opinion
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well written and well researched, it presents the case for taking what suits from different cultures while always remaining steadfastly yourself.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Treasure trove of facts and feeling about Paris
In the two days it has taken me to read this book, I feel I have been on a whirlwind tour of Paris; this book is so interesting and full of facts. I feel I have much more of an understanding about the vast differences between French and American culture. Jordan Phillips even explains why French people think Americans are loud. Apparently it is because English is spoken using the diaphragm, whereas French is spoken at the front of the mouth! Who knew
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think that I am "over" the French obsession books. Jordan Phillips wrote from a different angle than most. She recognizes the short-comings of life in France. Hence, the philosophy of borrowing from the French, rather than seeking to be French.

Because of my lifestyle, I skipped most of the food-related content. The author didn't provide too much information on Parisian fitness, which is interesting to me. I like to know how other women of the world manage to stay fit and trim without jumping
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
This is a delightful book. It is an easy and fun filled walk through the Parisian culture. I only wish that I had read this book before my trip to France. There are so many things I would have liked to tried and/or experienced. Oh, well, this may be the nudge to get me to plan a revisit!
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be an informative read about all things French including tips on how to be a true Parisian, to insight on French culture, how to approach French wine and cheese and wonderful first hand knowledge on how to navigate making French friends.

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Dana Giusti
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
not quite what I expected. would give 2.5 stars if I could
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Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Perfect for anyone who dreams about visiting or living in Paris.
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Jordan divides her time between Austin, Texas and Paris, France. She and her husband Jason, along with their daughter Sloane, recently moved to Austin from New York City to be closer to Marfa, where they are building an art gallery and residence. Jordan is the author of four books, including Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French and the speculative fiction no ...more