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Publisher's Summary

It's not the shoes, the scarves, or the lipstick that gives French women their allure. It's this: French women don't give a damn. They don't expect men to understand them. They don't care about being liked or being like everyone else. They generally reject notions of packaged beauty. They accept the passage of time; celebrate the immediacy of pleasure; like to break rules; embrace ambiguity and imperfection; and prefer having a life to making a living. They are, in other words, completely unlike us.
In her groundbreaking and utterly liberating new book, Debra Ollivier goes beyond familiar ooh-la-la stereotypes about French women, challenging cherished notions about sex, love, dating, marriage, motherhood, raising children, body politics, seduction, and flirtation. Peppered with anecdotes from its Franco-American author and filled with provocative thinking from French sexperts, mistresses and maidens alike, What French Women Know debunks long-standing myths and offers savvy new thinking from an old sexy culture.
Less a how-to and more a how-not-to (how not to be dogmatic about love, how not to "date", how not to mourn the end of youth), it presents a refreshing counterpoint to the stale love dogma of our times, and offers realistic, life-affirming alternatives from the land that knows how to love.
©2009 Debra Ollivier (P)2009 Penguin
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4 out of 5 stars
By Benedict on 02-20-11

Now I know what French women know

I really like this book and highly recommend it. One good thing to know about French women is that they really like Men, a lot a lot. And vice versa for men--they like Women a lot a lot. That's a good start for both sides. Plus French women have a way of getting by the irritations and difficulties that men oftentimes present. The book reveals the secret of how French women stay trim: but I think it best to find out for yourself! It is most excellent advice compared to everything else written on the subject.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 08-15-10

Casual is good!

I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. I thought the author's narration was very good, changing pitch and adding an accent when the voice was to be delivered by one of her friends who shaped her conclusion about the difference between French and American women. I think the quality of the narration made the book fun to listen to and the content confirmed it. I found the content to be well laid out for the listener with citations and personal anecdotes to inform and entertain. I think casual makes for a easy and entertaining "read".

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