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Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl (utgåvan 2004)

av Debra Ollivier

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Ever wonder what gives French women that je ne sais quoi? At first you might think it's the elegant figure, matchless style, and mysterious allure. Then you realize those qualities don't come from just anywhere. They come from generations of women raised to cultivate an extraordinary sense of self. French women know who they are, like who they are, and excel at presenting who they are.The rest of us are often susceptible to the next fad, the new thing, the ultimate diet. We're always seeking, instead of realizing that what we already are may be just right. Rarely does an American woman feel as comfortable in her own skin as her French counterpart. And rarely does an American woman have that essentially French ability to say no - to refuse anything that doesn't suit her, whether that thing is a job, a man, or the season's latest styles.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 caf� for a three-course lunch and a glass of wine� by themselves? How do they decide when they're ready to let someone become a part of their very private lives?Laced with practical tips, engaging sidebars, and essential observations about French women and their ways, Entre Nous is a delightful book that will help you take the best of all pages from the French girl's book - the page that reveals how to really enjoy life.… (mer)
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Titel:Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
Författare:Debra Ollivier
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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After having spend another wonderful weekend in Paris, I spotted this book at our local library and thought - how lovely! One cannot help but notice the wonderfully poised girls and women all over Paris and there certainly is much truth in the French, both women and man, for that matter, owing a lot of what they are made of to their very limiting tradition and education. Discipline is good for you, many would say. And yes, French kids are politer then some others, and mostly well-behaved. But as someone mentioned before, it is the well-to-do kids and their intellectual parents Ollivier is looking at. They certainly are a part of life in France, probably especially in Paris, and although they may not represent the average, and not the majority, they is something special about them, something one may want to examine more closely and see whether it is worth following as an example.
It would be hard not to notice Ollivier's enthusiasm for all things French, and I love the extra reference boxes with suggestions for movies and books etc. which support or digress on whatever is being discussed. The books is both a simple and charming start for a newly discovered franco-filles, if you will excuse my pun. ( )
  flydodofly | Mar 26, 2013 |
Debra Ollivier is a California girl who’s lived in France for 10 years. There she married her husband, had two children and discovered what being a French girl is all about, beyond the stereotype of thin and stylish. And let me tell you, it's not all about wine and cheese and fancy lingerie.

I’ve always had a soft spot for all things French. Some of my favorite authors are Jules Verne, Alexandre Dumas Pere, Anne Golon and I dream of being able to read their books without translation. The little black dress is an absolute must have and French onion soup and a piece of baguette make a perfect lunch. The little cafes seem beyond enchanting and La Vie En Rose makes me have goose bumps every time I hear it. And last but not least when I look at pictures of Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tatou and Juliette Binoche I admire their ability to look so effortlessly chic. It is no wonder then that I’ve been picking up books about French women and what gives them that mysterious and self-assured presence and the ability to look so put together no matter how casually they dress. My most recent find is this book and I’m glad to have stumbled upon it. At first glance it’s like All You Need To Be Impossibly French but that’s only at first glance.
This book talks about who the French girl is on the inside, as much as on the outside and it truly is a fun and thought-provoking read. Here Debora Ollivier talks about all the different aspects of a French girl’s life. She discusses the way she dresses, the way she takes care of herself and her family, the way she cooks and entertains, the way she works and spends her leisure time, but that’s not all. She also talks about the way the French girl raises her children, nourishes her mind and focuses on nurturing her true self, not changing her personality according to the latest fad self-help book. According to Mme. Ollivier the true French girl is discreet, selective, private and self-contained and her shape and size have little to do with her level of confidence because she knows who she is and she owns it completely and flaunts it without reservation. I don’t know about you, but taking a few pages out of a French girl’s book seemed like a good idea to me when I finished this volume.
Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed is that in addition to the author’s insights into the French life we also got little fun tidbits like book and movie recommendations, interesting quotes, recipes and comparisons of life in the States and in France. I laughed out loud reading about Pere Noel and Santa Claus, Halloween in Paris and a block party to which the Parisians brought their fine china. The only thing about these tidbits that I didn’t like is that they appeared in the middle of a chapter, in the middle of a sentence even, and until I figured out to skip them until the chapter’s end and then go back to enjoy them separately I kept feeling interrupted all the time, which as any reader knows is rather annoying.
I would highly recommend this book to any Francophile girl out there for a look at the French girl through the eyes of a girl who’s become French in a way. You can tell she loves her homes on both sides of the Atlantic and that gives the whole thing the air of authenticity the real French girl cherishes so much.

Find my other reviews at bibliophilescorner.blogspot.com ( )
  bolgai | Jun 12, 2011 |
Ollivier takes us through the various facets of a French woman's life. The pros: the book is neatly divided into categories such as mentalities, dress, traditions, leisure, home life, etc. There are little asides for films and books for further reading; most observations are true although not always on the mark. The cons: Ollivier makes sweeping generalizations that are sometimes frankly annoying; this book is all about the advantages and not at all about the disadvantages of France - even the negative (like the way the French treat their dogs) is portrayed as positive; she misses some key trademarks like how the French mix generations and include the young, middle age and old in most their activities; although she does sometimes talks positively of Americans she mostly portrays them as vastly inferior to the French (I know many a French person who has left France for the more breathable, welcoming, open American society). A quick read, this book is not a huge investment of time so it's worth a detour, but I won't stake my perception of the French women on it - we're more than a stereotype. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Apr 10, 2009 |
I enjoyed the insight into the life of "the French girl" and sophistication, poise and maturity of the French. The sidebars on classic French movies and literature were interesting. Much of the book is stereotyping, about the French and the American cultures. I would have preferred a book that simply states "This is how the French are..." but instead Ollivier, an American married to a Frenchman, chooses to elevate the French by kicking the Americans. We are told how much better dressed the French woman is, how she reads rather than watching t.v., how she is capable of throwing together a delicious dinner party with minimal ingredients because she knows how to really entertain. Much of the book is romanticized- Ollivier's "French Girl" may exist, but she surely isn't the typical woman. ( )
  mstrust | Mar 15, 2009 |
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Ever wonder what gives French women that je ne sais quoi? At first you might think it's the elegant figure, matchless style, and mysterious allure. Then you realize those qualities don't come from just anywhere. They come from generations of women raised to cultivate an extraordinary sense of self. French women know who they are, like who they are, and excel at presenting who they are.The rest of us are often susceptible to the next fad, the new thing, the ultimate diet. We're always seeking, instead of realizing that what we already are may be just right. Rarely does an American woman feel as comfortable in her own skin as her French counterpart. And rarely does an American woman have that essentially French ability to say no - to refuse anything that doesn't suit her, whether that thing is a job, a man, or the season's latest styles.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 caf� for a three-course lunch and a glass of wine� by themselves? How do they decide when they're ready to let someone become a part of their very private lives?Laced with practical tips, engaging sidebars, and essential observations about French women and their ways, Entre Nous is a delightful book that will help you take the best of all pages from the French girl's book - the page that reveals how to really enjoy life.

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