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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: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ollivier dishes on that je ne sais quois that French women seem to have, and how American women can attain it."

"A fun, interesting read with more to offer than fashion tips...(Ollivier) cracks the French style code."
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"Ollivier dishes on that je ne sais quois that French women seem to have, and how American women can attain it."
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A fun, interesting read with more to offer than fashion tips...(Ollivier) cracks the French style code. "Palm Beach Post"

Ollivier dishes on that je ne sais quois that French women seem to have, and how American women can attain it. "Dallas Morning News""

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What makes French girls as serenely self-satisfied as purring cats...and catnip to the men who admire them?

We'd all be as free as the French girl if we looked like her, right? The stereotypical French girl is often insolently thin, casually chic, and fashionable despite a simple wardrobe. With or without makeup she is always put together and utterly self-confident, imbued with natural elegance and an elusive distance that is particularly, maddeningly French.

But this stereotype obscures delicious pardoxes about the French girl and her body. Yes, she does have an exasperating tendency to be thin. Reams have been written trying to decode the mystery of a people who smoke, drink, eat goose fat, and still look fabulous. But in reality, the French girl comes in a multitude of styles and body shapes, and whatever her figure, she looks remarkable and just plain sexy.

The French girl understands that sexy is a state of mind. Her relationship to food and her body is sensual, not tyrannical, and she takes pleasure in both.

Entre Nous copyright 2004 Debra Ollivier

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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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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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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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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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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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A nice little book which will give you some hints for labels and perfume and some stylish etiquette tips. However, it is a little silly when the author states that all French women have affairs and are happy with their husbands doing it or that you don't see them eating in public. Aside from that its a sweet little book which will give you a happy outlook on life.
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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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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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