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Older but Better, but Older: From the authors of How To Be Parisian

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  30 reviews
With playful wit, worldly advice and savvy observation, the bestselling authors of How to Be Parisian tackle the Parisian art of growing up.

Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas are back to amuse you, saying what you don’t expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. But this time they reveal how they are modifying their favourite bad girl habits and mischievous mindsets
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 2nd 2020 by Ebury Press (first published December 31st 2019)
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    From the bestselling authors of How to be Parisian, what smart, savvy, fabulous French women think, feel and advise as they hit forty on life, love, ...more

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    Brei
    I was so excited to see the author's of How to Be Parisian were coming out with a new book this year. How to Be Parisian is one of my favorite gift books to give. I love gifting it to friends for their birthday. Especially the friends that love Paris as much as I do. Older, But Better, But Older was just as good as How to Be A Parisian. I can't wait to start gifting this book to friends!

    Older, But Better, But Older is their take on being 40 or older now. I can completely relate to all the things
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    Iris
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    A peculiar collection of aphorisms for people who share the specific perspective of the authors: melancholy 40-ish celebrities obsessed with extramarital affairs, wrinkles, their own derrières, dating and stepmotherdom, cultivating mystique, competing with younger women and reflecting on their younger selves. At the end, for no reason, is a list of their favorite old restaurants and cafés in Paris— albeit a very good and judiciously edited list. This is a quick distracted read and a companion to ...more
    Lou
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Older but Better, but Older is a heartwarming, funny feminist self-help guide from the two lifestyle consultants and author's of the 2014 bestseller How To Be Parisian, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas, and having taken them to my heart as surrogate older sisters from their striking and refreshingly original debut I was just a little bit eager for us to be reacquainted after the initial Rendez-Vous. With their signature wit and warmth, they each discuss what they call The Parisian Art of ...more
    Jeannie
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Purchased after wine and a beauty YouTube k-hole, then forgotten until it arrived in the mail. Clearly I have been more than a little self-conscious of my ever increasing years, particularly since I can't seem to go a week anymore without someone invading my privacy about my lack of children. The book is light, if a little insipid, but there are a few moments of catharsis in the pages and some nice Parisian recommendations at the end.
    John Wimmer
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    We recieved this book from a Goodreads giveaway, and it was very good. As we get older, our minds and bodies change into a more complex state of being. We are all human creatures, and this author does a good job to relate this changing time in life, according to her own humorous outlook. The book is both fun and interesting, because some of the funny moments relate to us all. This book is a great read that explains and questions, the drama of aging, combined with a wit and wisdom theme. Well ...more
    Linda Hutchinson
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
    First book of the year. This book had some funny parts but it is weak on actual content and might bore ladies under 40 as that’s not the demographic for this book. For instance, “Age is particular, and disconcerting. The age we feel is in our soul and in our heart, not just a number that ticks upward at every birthday like the odometer of a car.” — Older, but Better, but Older: From the Authors of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas. A solid 3 and a good book ...more
    Bruin Mccon
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
    Amusing take on getting older and all the concomitant indignities.
    Kathleen
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
    Lovely concept but not much substance. Wise women everywhere already this and more.
    Sukyong Suh
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    Mostly harmless. The book itself is almost free of both actual writing as well as content so it was more an exercise in fascination that these women have the confidence and entitlement to put this out into the world and call it a book. If you want something easy and light to read presented with a very appealing visual design, this hits the spot.
    Carol Custer
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a fast read (I read it in one sitting) with interesting essays, pictures, and little 'tidbits of wisdom'. I found myself nodding in recognition at many of the statements, chuckling at others.
    Boz
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I read this book before my birthday and it made me extremely introspective. Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas find a playful, yet heartfelt way to make all the trials and tribulations of aging a little less daunting. I think women of all ages can relate to or has thought about the topics discussed in this book like moving on after a breakup, finding your first wrinkle, and when to have children to name a few. This mixed media book filled with essay, Pinterest worthy photographs and quotes was a ...more
    BooksAndRae
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers of this book for the opportunity to read this arc in exchange for an honest review.

    To be true to my word, I'll admit that I struggled to read this book. I was not the target audience and should have considered that before requesting this arc, but the blurb intrigued me.

    First off I will say that the layout, with the app I used, affected how I read it because at some points it confused me and didn't make sense. Although in the future I might buy this book and
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    Angela Groom
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: edelweiss
    Older, but better is a follow on from the book “How to be Parisian” and is a laugh out loud bible on being 40, approaching 40 or upwards. I could relate to a lot of the antidotes in this book. Relating to the words I wasn’t sure of the photos used?

    Caroline De Margret and Sophie Mas are back to humour us as they address, beauty, love, seduction, lifestyle, family, work, and living alone.
    This book captures everyday life and tells you things that most avoid.

    When you wake up feeling great, and
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    Naza
    Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
    Following up the success and the hype of ‘How to be Parisian’,Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas are back with their take on life in their 40s and related topics,such as love,family,fertility and self-love.

    The book is a quick read, I would say relatable in some parts (as I am very close to their target audience) and enjoyable. I have to admit that I was not able to connect to some chapters as they were very concise and in the form of aphorisms.

    As I received this book in an ebook ARC format,I
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    Adriana
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: non-fiction
    Enjoyed this just as much as their last one, maybe even a smidgeon more - loads of vulnerability to be found in these short essays, which are in every way more personal than in “How to be Parisian” (which is more tongue-in-cheek fun”). I found it to be an easily readable set of by-women, for-women essays that remind us that none of us are alone or unique in our contemplation of how to grow better over the years.
    Angela
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    pointless

    Reading this is absolute torture, an assemblage of lazy cliches. It is not clear that there is a point here, as it doesn’t contain recommendations so much as half-baked conceptualizations of how your life should have been already. It’s not a guide so much as it is a picture of aging authors so desperate for some semblance of purpose they’ll put anything down. It’s just a really sad, deflating read.
    Anna Maria Ballester Bohn
    As much as I liked "How to be Parisian", I was really disappointed by this. Where the first book was full of tongue-in-cheek charm, dreamy little monologues and style advice for everyone like how to buy the right jacket or the importance of the white men's shirt, this book has just two modes: a) getting older is ok, experience is fun and sexy and b) getting older really sucks, and here's what you should do to avoid it. It seems not full of charm, but full of regrets and excuses. No fun.
    Michelle
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I always like to start the year with something that is in the self-improvement, self-help, or just general light non-fiction category. This hit the spot! Though everything was not relatable, I enjoyed the vignettes and the presentation.
    Mauma
    Reading this reminded me of that part in Prince Caspian where Lucy goes maybe I'll understand when I'm older and Edmund replies I am older and I don't think I want to understand.
    This seriously made me dread becoming middle aged and I'm only twenty something years old and usually dream about getting old and happier.
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    Miki
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
    This is a more mature and enlightened version of How To Be Parisian Whoever You Are. However, I missed the cheeky parts of Parisian. Or maybe because I'm not there in the older but better phase. Let's see. Maybe I need to read it again in the future. :)
    Kaleigh Wiese
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Really fun quick read! Perfect for a guest room or a gift!
    Barbara
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Essays filled with clichés with an occasional sprinkling of wisdom.
    Margaret Gerberding
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
    The authors of How To Be Parisian are back with another book. This one is about aging, and how to be fabulous at any age.
    Theresa Begley
    The TiTle just says it All ...more
    Rose
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
    A dryly humorous book about no longer being twenty.
    Lorri Steinbacher
    Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    If you aspire to the older Parisian woman vibe, you will enjoy this.
    Deborah
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Blah blah blah.
    Michelle
    Less a book with actual essays and “content” and more a book about growing older with little anecdotes and quotes and snippets and photos. It was cute. I mostly enjoyed the style tips. ...more
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    rated it it was amazing
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    The granddaughter of Prince Michel Poniatowski, and the daughter of Count Bertrand de Maigret, Caroline studied literature at the Sorbonne before moving to New York to model. She returned to Paris in 2006 where she launched a rock music label with her partner Yarol Poupaud, set up a publishing company called Yarock Editions and most importantly, she’s the proud mother of her son Anton. De Maigret ...more
    “Never mind the changes in society and in others—what has changed in you? Your heart, just like when you were twenty, still wants to beat wildly. But you’ve learned to take people as they come, whereas previously you might have been put off by their flaws, dismissing them summarily if they weren’t exactly what you wanted. You no longer demand perfection because you’ve learned that we’re all fallible.” 2 likes
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