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Friday, October 15, 2010

French Girl Friday :Bonus Post

Hello my friends. Sorry I have been MIA since Sunday. I have not been feeling well as I expressed in that blog, but wanted to hop on and give you a bonus post for French Girl Friday. It is to be the very last one, unless I can find another book in which to keep up the theme.

In the book, there is recommendations for movies to see , and books to read, so I thought I would share some of these with you. As well as a book I just finished reading that I truly enjoyed. So let's start with that.

Elegance, by Kathleen Tessaro:True Love Never Goes out of Style.
"Unhappy with her looks, her life and her empty marriage, Louise Canova need's help-and she finds it in a secondhand bookstore. A forty-year-old encyclopedia of style titled Elegance, this slim volume by formidable French fashion expert Madame Dariaux promises to transform even the plainest of women into creatures of poise and grace. It is a fairy godmother in print, an A-z manual with essential advice that Louise vows to take to heart. But within its pages lie not only clues from her past, but also powerful lessons for her future. And as the old Louise gives way to the stunning new, she's about to find out that there's more to every life than what appears on the surface...and that everything, even elegance, has its price. "

I truly enjoyed this book, from each chapter starting with a style tip , that though parts were dated, still offered advice that I would follow. Then the story of the quirky character of Louise and her ups and downs and insecurities right up to the end was very charming. I thought it was very neat that Louise was an American in England, reading this book about becoming a fashionable elegant lady with the help of a French Fashion Icon ( and yes that book she follows really does exist!)  So I highly suggest that if you enjoyed the series I was doing based on the book Entre Nous, that you buy a copy and soon!! 

Now for the recommendations....
Chapter One
Le Film....La Double Vie De Veronique ( The Double Life of Veronique) 
Book: French Ways and Their Meaning by Edith Wharton

Chapter Two 
Le Film : Trop Belle Pour Toi ( Too Beautiful for You) 
8 Femmes ( Eight Women) 
Le Femme Nikita
Contes Des Quatre Saisons ( Tales of the Four Seasons)  
Book: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Chapter 3 
Le Film:
Entre Nous
Un Dimanche A La Campagne( A Sunday in the Country) 
Book and Film: Le Divorce By Diane Johnson
Le Film:
Le Bonheur
Jules Et Jim
Book: Passion Simple By Annie Ernaux

Chapter Four
Book: Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris By A.J. Liebling
The Food Lover's Guide to Paris By Patricia Wells
Mastering the Art of French Cooking By Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle , and Simone Beck 
The Wine Bible By Karen MacNeil
The Cheese Plate By Max McCalman
Le Film:
Milou En Mai ( May Fools) 
Babette's Feast

Chapter Five
Le Film: Chocolat
Ma Saison Preferee( My Favorite Season)
At Home in France: Eating and Entertaining with the French By Christopher Petkanas
The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris By Edmund White
Chapter Six
Le Film:

Elle Decor: The Grand Book of French Style By Francois Baudot and Jean Demachy
The Fragrant Year By Claire Louise Hunt
A Well Kept Home: Household Traditions and Simple Secrets from a French Grandmother by Laura Fronly and Yves Duronson
Practicalities By Marguerite Duras

Chapter Seven :
Le Film : Les Parapluies de Cherbourge ( The Umbrella's of Cherbourg)
Un Homme Et Une Femme( A Man and a Woman)
The Castle of Pictures and Other Stories: A Grandmother's Tales By George Sand
Bonjour Tristesse By Francoise Sagan
And a couple personal favorites.....

Enjoy your exploration through Films and Literature in the theme of all things French...and may it help you find just a little of of your Inner French Girl!

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