An engaging exploration of the style that permeates all things French perfect for anyone looking to achieve that classic French flair div div The French truly are singular in the way they live, act, and think from the lightness of their pastries to the decedance of their Hermes scarves. They simply exude acertainje ne saisquoithat is a veritable art form. InJoie de Vivre,Harriet Welty Rochefort, an American who married a Frenchman and has lived in Paris for more thanthirty years, explores thesecrets of the French from romance and style to acting and flirting like a Parisienne to wining and diningÃ la franÃ§aise. With tips and tricks like how to diet likea Frenchwoman (savor just one perfectly crafted indulgence a day) and project confidence like a true Parisienne (always start your look with lovely lingerie), Rochefort's signature warm, witty, and entertaining voice will delight Francophiles of all stripes. div
Rochefort, an American married to a Frenchman and living in the country for four decades, is a foreign observer of what it means to be French and, with wit and a unique insight, offers advice on loving life the way her adopted country does. The author, a Midwesterner, adapted quickly, although she's still amused and baffled by Parisian women's inability to give her compliments (other than her mother-in-law), the French passion for arguing-"controversy is the French national sport." But what she does admire about the French is their "talent for finding joy in the moment. They don't actively seek pleasure. It comes unbidden." She's learned the blissful art of just lingering over an espresso in a cafe and gazing at the exquisite architecture and the breathtakingly put-together Parisiennes. For them, small brings beaucoup bliss, whether it's a stroll or a good glass of wine. They appreciate and expect something as insignificant as a tiny cake to be beautifully wrapped, which they will savor without guilt because it's petit and not American-sized. Although understanding French attitudes may be futile or not worth the exhaustive effort, Rochefort makes it hard to argue with a philosophy that advocates slowing your pace, being fully engaged by what's in front of you and incorporating four-course meals into your week. Agent: Regula Noetzli. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Thomas Dunne Books
October 02, 2012
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