Entre Nous

Entre Nous

A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl

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Baker & Taylor
Offers advice on how American women can find confidence and self-empowerment by following the examples of French women, presenting insight into the French perspective on diet, body image, personal time, fashion, and other areas. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

Provocative and practical, lively and intelligent, Entre Nous unlocks the mystery of the French girl and the secrets of her self-possession. Why do French women always look inimitably stylish? How do they manage to sit in a café for a three-course lunch and a glass of wine...by themselves? What gives them the certainty that allows them to refuse anything-whether a man, a job, or a little black dress-that doesn't suit them perfectly?

More than just a book on fashion, Entre Nous is about the essence of French living-its observations about French women and their ways will help you take the best of all pages from the French girl's book: the page that reveals how to really enjoy life.

"Ollivier spent a decade in France and learned a thing or two about how French women cultivate that sense of being easy in one's skin...(she) helps us bridge the cultural gap."
- Seattle Times


French women's secrets to being self-possessed, self-satisfied and fully self-expressed.



Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2004
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
ISBN: 9780312308773
0312308779
Characteristics: xi, 242 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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FindingJane Nov 27, 2015

Witty, insightful and filled with tips, advice and careful observations, this book is about living the French way, the happy way, a way filled with insouciance, style, leisure, pleasure and, above all, self confidence. There is no uncertainty bred into the French girl’s way of living. She’s not constantly re-inventing herself or trying to be all things to all people (multi-tasking? Who has the time?). She learns to be who she is and doesn’t define herself by what she does for a living. She knows how to dress with quiet flare, eat with absolute relish and enjoy time with others as well as by herself. This book makes you want to be French or at least mimic both their Gallic gusto and careful reserve. Yes, living life à la Francaise isn’t easy to grasp but this guide makes it seem possible or at least highly desirable.

What prevents “Entre Nous” from getting a full five-star rating is its lack of an index. How I would have liked to flip back through the book and locate Colette as being one of the “French Girls We Love” or look up a recipe or make a note of the many French films recommended for viewing! An index would be so very helpful in this regard. Perhaps the author can insist that one be provided on subsequent re-prints of this guide.

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