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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Debra Ollivier Narrator: Debra Ollivier Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 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. Less a how-to and more a how-not-to, What French Women Know offers a refreshing counterpoint to the stale love dogma of our times. Peppered with anecdotes from its Franco-American author and filled with provocative ideas from French sexperts, mistresses and maidens alike, it debunks longstanding myths, presenting savvy new thinking from an old sexy culture and more realistic, life-affirming alternatives from the land that knows how to love.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Nicole | 2/8/2014

    " This book was mostly fluffy pseudo-anthropology. But. I didn't hate it. I am an admitted Francophile, and the comparison between American culture and French culture was fun. It had some sound advice, but nothing groundbreaking. If you are already interested in this subject matter, it is an entertaining read. 3.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Isla McKetta | 2/6/2014

    " I didn't love the writing and some of the ideas are cliched, but as an opportunity to reexamine my own culture (a la sociology) and challenge some basic assumptions, I enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan Mcnamara | 2/6/2014

    " I loved this book, but it seems like the author leaves out the very obvious fact that the French are allowed their "cest la vie" attitude primarily because of economic conditions in their country. You can remain single, have a thousand beautiful children and vacation for six weeks in some fantastic European destination if you have a year of maternity leave, 35 hour work weeks, fabulous free child care, and paid vacation out the wazoo! All told, I am horribly jealous;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by April | 2/5/2014

    " This book seemed to glorify the French culture and put down the American culture in stereotypical ways. I get it, "The French are more relaxed and less materialistic." But some Americans are too. I didn't appreciate it's broad cultural generalizations. "

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