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Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl [Paperback]

Debra Ollivier
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312308779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312308773
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Entre Nous Ollivier explores the differences in how American and French women view life, food, love, weight loss and themselves. Full description

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for oneself or a female friend 19 Dec 2003
It doesn't change a person into complete archetypal "French chick" overnight. What it does is that the author extracts the valuable and positive aspects found in the French girls she encountered and crystallizes her observations into clear points to help oneself live a more positive and beautiful life. A pretty little book about how to enjoy living and love the woman you are. Easy to understand, with many helpful little anecdotes and recommendations (french films/books) for those who would like to go a bit more in-depth into the points that the book makes.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars La Vie en Rose-tinted lunettes 26 July 2005
A generous and graceful tribute from an American girl to her French friends. Ms Ollivier wants us to celebrate the very best of French style, poise and worldliness and gives us examples of their best exponents. She tactfully minimises the less enchanting aspects of everyday French life, such as flowery wallpaper on every possible surface including doors, truly dreadful plumbing, and habitual irritability. Instead she praises French fashion, both the classic variety and its quirkier offshoots, suggests some very good films to watch, books to read and food to eat (and, of course, cook), and gives us a sensitive insight into national attitudes to life and love. The result is a delight for anyone who enjoys France. But do read Madame Dariaux first - Elegance or Men or both - for the real thing.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The usual French stereotype 16 Nov 2005
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My origin is half French, I spend most of my time in France and my best friends are either French or Swiss French. At first I was shocked to discover how very French I actually turn out to be as described in the book, and how the traditions and values that I've been bequeathed are very French too. But then the word "archetypal" is mentioned in the proloque and you'd better bear in mind all throughout your reading that this book is more about the ideal French woman and how to bring out the archetypal French woman in you rather than a description of what French women actually are like. Though many of my friends and acquaintances fit into the French girl description, I know scores of French women who are nosey, frumpy, tacky and gauche as anybody under the sun. Especially if you've never been to France, don't be misled: this book is full of the typical prejudices and stereotypes about the French women as seen through the gawking eyes of the American outsider who thinks the grass is always greener in Gaulle. There are also some mistakes in the book, like ascribing Madame de Pompadour as Louis XIV's lover (she was Louis XV's) and the fact that other women reviewed as favourite French girls (Anaïs Nin, Catherine de Medici, Marie Antoinette or Pauline de Rothschild) are not even French. Anyway, the book makes interesting beach reading. The prose is feisty, fast-paced and you'll find the book hard to put down.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fantastic! 12 Mar 2007
I really enjoyed reading this book, it is really very good, it gives you lots of tips about how to be stylish whilst still being your own person. It advises on etiquiette in most situations that will also lead you seamlessley through life in England.

It advises you about how to keep slim and yet enjoy life. How to be stylish and yet keep things simple. It has one quote that is really therapy for the soul "work is what you do, it does not define you".

I would recommend it to anyone, I read it in 4 days but that is because it is hard to put down! It is excellent value, my Mum and sister have queued up to read it next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Transplant's Review 29 July 2012
By Bonnie
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I moved to Paris in April, and found that so many things are different here. I am not just speaking of the langage. In this book- chapter one starts the understanding, if you really want to understand why American & French women are so different.

This book breaks down some basis ground rules - and explains the history and background - and sometimes even gives you a laugh in doing so. Also, added are great tips to watch some movies to help, and some powerful french women to give you additional background.(like Coco)

I read this while gong to work( and the author was on the target on this topic too), and highlighted many passages. This book helped me understand- French women do not hate American women, they just see us in a different light ..

In closing- I think, this small but good book, is a must read for anyone, who wants to understand and grow as a person- to engage in a higher standard of living ..because that is what it comes down to in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all French girls are like this 16 Feb 2011
By Sui
I enjoyed reading the book and it was fun to see that I have lots in common with the French girl described in the book. It's perhaps due to me growing up in a family with French culture influences. We are from a French-speaking island in the Caribbean.
The French girl described in the book exists but not all French girls are like this.
So, I read this book as a guide to another way of living but not as a description of all French girls.

It's a fun read! I passed it on to my French friend and will ask her what she thinks of it once she is done.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful if you are american 26 July 2006
By Dee
The author of the book is american - and yes it makes a difference.

An awful lot of her "observations" are about europeans: the history, travel etc. Still more of her "thoughts" are very stylised: all french women come from chateux in the country and have tiny but beautiful apartments overlooking the Champs Elyses.

I thought that two lipsticks was a much better read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and refreshing
So easy to read yet quite a lot of information in an interesting way. Book is also in good condition.
Published 9 days ago by Angelamavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Excellent read, if had time, would read in one sitting. Very good writing style, many recommendations, books and films suggested to watch, great insight into French culture. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon regular customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
I was given this book as a present for my 20th birthday and nearly 9 years later I still love reading it!! It is a feel good book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A beautifully written book describing what it's like to actually be a french woman. There is such a contrast here between how a french girl lives compared to an english girl and I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jane Orson
5.0 out of 5 stars Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
I thought this was a great, easy read. i loved the flims and music it suggested! I bought one for a girlfriend also who loved it too!
Published 12 months ago by Melisa Lytham
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I really liked the way the book had interesting extra's, such as suggesting films or books to enhance the text, to show rather than simply tell the reader.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Elizabeth Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars for my ex
I bought this for my ex wife and she took it with her. A bargain I thought. Now she can read it where I can't see her.
Published 22 months ago by Paul Tillson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fab book!
I totally enjoyed this book. I've always admired French women, they have something we in general do not. Read more
Published 23 months ago by bluebirdfp
4.0 out of 5 stars American Adoration for French living
I have a thing for books which celebrate the French way of life so bought this book to add to my collection which includes Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange, Two Lipsticks and... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by BunnyKissLondon
5.0 out of 5 stars Oui bien sur ....
Great tips for whoever aspires to resemble a French woman. Or so they think
Signed: une française !
Published on 15 April 2011 by Mrs. Mariechristine Reece
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