How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

  • by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas
  • Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie
  • 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From four stunning and accomplished French women - at last - a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun, and attempt to behave themselves.
In short, frisky sections, these Parisian women give you their very original views on style, beauty, culture, attitude, and men. The authors - Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas - unmarried but attached, with children - have been friends for years. Talented bohemian iconoclasts with careers in the worlds of music, film, fashion, and publishing, they are untypically frank and outspoken as they debunk the myths about what it means to be a French woman today. Letting you in on their secrets and flaws, they also make fun of their complicated, often contradictory feelings and behavior. They admit to being snobs, a bit self-centered, unpredictable but not unreliable. Bossy and opinionated, they are also tender and romantic.
You will be taken on a first date, to a party, to some favorite haunts in Paris, to the countryside, and to one of their dinners at home with recipes even you could do - but to be out with them is to be in for some mischief and surprises. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, look natural, make your boyfriend jealous, and how they feel about children, weddings, and going to the gym. And they will share their address book in Paris for where to go: at the end of the night, for a birthday, for a smart date, a hangover, for vintage finds, and much more.
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Arewill make you laugh as you slip into their shoes to become bold and free and tap into your inner cool.


What the Critics Say

"Four whip-smart, successful French women poke fun at the stereotypes of the 'Parisienne' and give genuine beauty and lifestyle tips, recipes, and fashion dos and dont's.... De Maigret's photography and a witty, wise, often tongue-in-cheek delivery puts the reader on a sure path to achieving the French femme’s je ne sais quoi." (Publisher’s Weekly)
"You don’t have to be French to be a Parisian." (Karl Lagerfeld)
"Very, very funny. While reading, I actually felt chicer, wittier, and très Parisienne. I was laughing out loud by the end." (Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée)


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Customer Reviews

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! It was full of delicious moments and typically French madly wonderful antidotes for every day life! Throughly enjoyed it.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it!

What did you learn from How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are that you would use in your daily life?

I already am, however one can always add more to their little book of ideas.

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- von Alevensleben

Not what I was expecting

What would have made How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are better?

I felt a little mislead by the books title and audio sample, and was sadly disappointed as a result. The book is mostly made up of single sentence/quotes, and less of a life story narration as I thought it would be.

What didn’t you like about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance?

I think Carrignton MacDuffie performance was fine. Its the book that I disliked, not the reader.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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- Stephanie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio