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Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 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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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 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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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2012
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2014
Lovely book, one of those you keep going back to and don't have to read cover to cover. Pick it up often and really enjoy it. My car isn't very well so always take it with me when I'm driving as this is the book I'll read whilst waiting for the AA or if I have a hospital appointment and think I may have to wait a while.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2006
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2011
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 a Lover by Helena Frith Powell and How to Shrug Like the French by Charles Timoney. Amazon do not expressly state that this book is aimed at the American audience so I was a bit surprised when I read the reviews on the front of the book. The author lived in France for a number of years so this book is a recollection of her experiences there. It references her French friend as a source of style inspiration, as well as providing cute little boxes throughout the book which provide outlines of famous French actresses, writers and the like. The book is divided into sections on the body, the head and the heart, the cooking and the home, all of which are interesting to read about. The author's adoration for the French way of living is plain to see, although it does seem to simplify the French a bit too much; I assume for the American readers, who can simply read about and then copy her tips. I found this book to be a pleasant read, which can be dipped into at leisure.
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on 26 September 2013
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 found it a very entertaining and informative read. I won't be passing this book on in a hurry!
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