How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are

Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Nonfiction

Medium: Hardback

Synopsis: Have you ever wanted to be a Parisienne?  The kind with the long trench coat, little booties, and a perfect “I rushed out of bed this morning but I also spent an hour on my hair” look?  Then this is the book for you.  Berest et al describe the ways in which your everyday Parisienne simplifies complicated things and complicates simple things.  Just remember: a Parisienne is a contradiction, a walking juxtaposition.  And if she can do it, then so can you.

Review: This book made me more nostalgic for Paris than I thought I would get.  Damn it.  That’s a good thing, by the way.  The aesthetic of this book, the photos, the melody of the words…I can’t believe I had to move back to the United States.

This book is written tongue in cheek, for those who want to be parisienne but who also have a very specific image in mind when they think of a parisienne.  Obviously, parisiennes come in all shapes, fashions, and sizes.  Our fantasies about parisiennes do not.  This book describes that type of parisienne.  The kind who wears jewelry to bed, who has a lover, and who frantically watches their calorie intake while eating two croissants for breakfast each morning.

That being said, and knowing that it’s a tongue in cheek nonfiction book, I enjoyed flipping through these pages immensely.  After reading it, I feel more chic, more natural, more sure of myself, more…well, parisienne.

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are also features incredible recipes, places to be, movies, and steadfast “rules” every parisienne abides by.  It’s fun, fashionable, and definitely deserves its own place on my coffee table.  Well, after I buy an antique coffee table.  After all, that’s what a parisienne would do.


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