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 Are will make you laugh as you slip into their shoes to become bold and free and tap into your inner cool.
After studying Baroque Literature at the Sorbonne, Anne Berest worked at the Theatre du Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees. Her first two novels were published by Seuil and Grasset, and she is working on her third. In 2011, she wrote a weekly column on life in Paris for the national Sunday paper, JDD. An editor of the Culture section of Glamour magazine, Audrey Diwan took over the French edition of the magazine Stylist. The author of two novels, she has written the script for La French starring Jean Dujardin, the first film since he won his 2012 Oscar. She is also working on her first feature as a director. After studing literature at the Sorbonne, Caroline De Maigret moved to New York to model. She returned to Paris in 2006 to found her music label, Bonus Tracks Records. In 2012, De Maigret became a Chanel Ambassador. Sophie Mas graduated from Sciences Po and moved to Los Angeles. A film producer, she is collaborating with directors such as Gaspar Noe and James Gray, and working on the film adaptation of the Bob Dylan album Blood on the Tracks.