Author: Jordan Phillips
Release Date: 2016-06-24
Part travel narrative and part lifestyle guide, Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French is a must-read for anyone who's ever dreamed about traveling to or living in France. Author Jordan Phillips is a bona fide Francophile. Just show her a wedge of oozy French cheese or a slightly dilapidated Mansard roof, and she'll swoon every time. Before moving to New York, Phillips lived in Paris, and she still travels to her apartment there frequently. But through these experiences, she learned that-as in so many things in life-fantasy is often better than reality. Filled with historical tidbits, motivational nuggets, and honest insight, chapters such as "La Vie Est Belle," "The Paris Syndrome," and "Jacques-in-the-Box" reveal the truth of what it's really like to live in the most beautiful city in the world. Whether you're headed to Paris next week or never make it there at all, this chatty and information-packed book will introduce you to the real City of Light-beyond the fantasy of the Instagram version.
A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented itself to work for an advertising agency in Paris, he couldn't turn it down. Despite the fact that he had no experience in advertising. And despite the fact that he barely spoke French. After an unimaginable amount of red tape and bureaucracy, Rosecrans and his wife packed up their Brooklyn apartment and left the Big Apple for the City of Light. But when they arrived, things were not eactly what Rosecrans remembered from a family vacation when he was nine years old. Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down is a nimble comic account of observing the French capital from the inside out. It is an exploration of the Paris of Sarkozy, text-message romances, smoking bans, and a McDonald's beneath the Louvre—the story of an American who arrives loving Paris all out of proportion, but finds life there to be completely unlike what he expected. Over eighteen months, Rosecrans must rely on his dogged American optimism to get him through some very unromantic situations—at work (writing booklets on how to breast-feed, raise, and nurture children), at home (trying to finish writing his first novel in an apartment surrounded on all sides by construction workers), and at every confusing French dinner party in between. An offbeat update to the expat canon, Paris, I Love You is a book about a young man finding his preconceptions replaced by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy city—which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris for the second time.
In the tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like, a tongue-in-cheek homage to Parisians. To be mistaken for a Parisian, readers must buy the newspaper Le Monde, fold it, and walk. Then sit at a café and make phone calls. Be sure to order San Pellegrino, not any other kind of fizzy water. They shouldn't be surprised when a waiter brings out two spoons after they order le moelleux au chocolat- it is understood that the dessert is too sinfully delicious not to share. Go to l'île Saint-Louis-all Parisians are irredeemably in love with that island. Feel free to boldly cross the street whenever the impulse strikes-pedestrian crosswalks are too dangerous. If they take a cruise on the Seine, they will want to stand outside, preferably with their collar popped up. If they want to decorate, may we suggest the photographs of Robert Doisneau? To truly be cool in Paris, own an iPhone, wear Converse sneakers, and order sushi. And as they stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, remember-they can't go wrong wearing black.
Now a New York Times Bestseller Paris was practically perfect... Craig Carlson was the last person anyone would expect to open an American diner in Paris. He came from humble beginnings in a working-class town in Connecticut, had never worked in a restaurant, and didn't know anything about starting a brand-new business. But from his first visit to Paris, Craig knew he had found the city of his dreams, although one thing was still missing-the good ol' American breakfast he loved so much. Pancakes in Paris is the story of Craig tackling the impossible-from raising the money to fund his dream to tracking down international suppliers for "exotic" American ingredients... and even finding love along the way. His diner, Breakfast In America, is now a renowned tourist destination, and the story of how it came to be is just as delicious and satisfying as the classic breakfast that tops its menu.
"WHAT THE FRENCH?! Real French Culture--No BS. Think you know France? Think again! Over the past decades, France has changed tremendously. Making it sometimes hard to understand and even recognize. In this book, best-selling French author Olivier Magny will be your guide to understand and love (or not) this new France"--
"When New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins moves to Geneva, Switzerland, she decides to learn French--not just to be able to go about her day-to-day life, but in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. When in French is at once a hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love, and an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are"--
Author: Sarah Turnbull
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2011-03-04
Number 1 on the Bestseller list (Australia) with over 20,000 copies sold in the UK alone and over 250,000 world-wide! Almost French has been a huge success and now with the new-look, mass market B Format it is ready to go stellar! Publication timed for major trade promotions including summer reading and airport holiday exodus. In the bestselling tradition of Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, Chris Stewart's A Parrot in the Pepper Tree or Peter Mayle - but without the pile of stones! Funny, perceptive and poignant Almost French is an often hilarious mixture of a young woman's personal memoir and armchair travel. A spectacular example of culture clash - and a happy ending.
Author: Patrick Weil
Publisher: Duke University Press
Release Date: 2010-07-01
How to Be French is a magisterial history of French nationality law from 1789 to the present, written by Patrick Weil, one of France’s foremost historians. First published in France in 2002, it is filled with captivating human dramas, with legal professionals, and with statesmen including La Fayette, Napoleon, Clemenceau, de Gaulle, and Chirac. France has long pioneered nationality policies. It was France that first made the parent’s nationality the child’s birthright, regardless of whether the child is born on national soil, and France has changed its nationality laws more often and more significantly than any other modern democratic nation. Focusing on the political and legal confrontations that policies governing French nationality have continually evoked and the laws that have resulted, Weil teases out the rationales of lawmakers and jurists. In so doing, he definitively separates nationality from national identity. He demonstrates that nationality laws are written not to realize lofty conceptions of the nation but to address specific issues such as the autonomy of the individual in relation to the state or a sudden decline in population. Throughout How to Be French, Weil compares French laws to those of other countries, including the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, showing how France both borrowed from and influenced other nations’ legislation. Examining moments when a racist approach to nationality policy held sway, Weil brings to light the Vichy regime’s denaturalization of thousands of citizens, primarily Jews and anti-fascist exiles, and late-twentieth-century efforts to deny North African immigrants and their children access to French nationality. He also reveals stark gender inequities in nationality policy, including the fact that until 1927 French women lost their citizenship by marrying foreign men. More than the first complete, systematic study of the evolution of French nationality policy, How to be French is a major contribution to the broader study of nationality.
Ever wonder what gives French women that je ne sais quoi? At first you might think it's the elegant figure, matchless style, and mysterious allure. Then you realize those qualities don't come from just anywhere. They come from generations of women raised to cultivate an extraordinary sense of self. French women know who they are, like who they are, and excel at presenting who they are. The rest of us are often susceptible to the next fad, the new thing, the ultimate diet. We're always seeking, instead of realizing that what we already are may be just right. Rarely does an American woman feel as comfortable in her own skin as her French counterpart. And rarely does an American woman have that essentially French ability to say no---to refuse anything that doesn't suit her, whether that thing is a job, a man, or the season's latest styles. Provocative and practical, lively and intelligent, Entre Nous unlocks the mystery of the French girl and the secrets of her self-possession. Why do French women always look inimitably stylish? How do they manage to sit in a café for a three-course lunch and a glass of wine...by themselves? How do they decide when they're ready to let someone become a part of their very private lives? Laced with practical tips, engaging sidebars, and essential observations about French women and their ways, Entre Nous is a delightful book that will help you take the best of all pages from the French girl's book---the page that reveals how to really enjoy life.
Move over mushy carrots and peas: The French teach their children to appreciate new flavors, ingredients, and textures from the first spoonful. No one knows this better than Jenny Carenco, mother of two and founder of leading French baby food brand Les Menus Bébé. In Bébé Gourmet, Jenny shares her popular recipes from Carrot and Cumin Purée to Baby Beef Bourguignon, along with cooking tips and organizational tricks to help you awaken your baby’s taste buds and encourage healthy eating habits. Recipes for lunches, dinners, and snacks are organized by the major stages of development: 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and up. Bébé Gourmet features: • Dishes inspired by culinary traditions from France and other international cuisines • Nutritional guidance at each stage from Dr. Jean Lalau Keraly, Pediatric Nutritionist and Endocrinologist • Quick and easy recipes that take under 30 minutes to prepare (many under 15!) • “Yummy Tips” on adapting recipes for the whole family. By preparing satisfying, homemade meals, gradually introducing natural ingredients and seasonings, and passing on the pleasures of eating, you’ll be taking the first steps in raising an adventurous eater for life!
Living like a true Parisienne starts at home. Interior designer Sarah Lavoine sees the quintessential Paris apartment as a stylish sanctuary from the stresses of life. Covering each room in the home, Lavoine explains her approach to using color, highlights the indispensible elements of each space, and suggests how to add unforgettable details in order to create a restful and chic environment. With vibrant interior photographs and charming hand-drawn illustrations, "Chez""Moi" is a design handbook that introduces contemporary French style, accented by French-girl-next-door advice on everything from fashion to beauty to cooking to shopping. Moreover, Lavoine s in-the-know list of Paris addresses allows visitors to traipse through the arrondissements like locals or even purchase items from abroad. With her original and useful advice, Lavoine reveals how to create a truly French, meaningful, fulfilling lifestyle, no matter where you live."
Friday in France, is a laugh-out-loud, 5-STAR, true, fish out of water story about a successful, New York TV Production Executive that leaves the rat-race and insanity of her life behind to go live on a calm and quiet, French Island in the Atlantic with her surfer-boyfriend. If you ever dream of leaving your life behind, this is the book for you. This charming account of turning one's life upside-down will transport readers to the beautiful, sandy shores of l'ile d'Oleron and far-away from the doldrums of everyday life. Reading Friday in France is like winning a free trip to Europe. Imagine leaving one extreme living situation and moving into a polar-opposite existence. Picture saying good-bye to the hectic pace of Manhattan with eight million inhabitants, to go live on a tiny-island in a village of just fifty people! Tender, unique and delivered with a comic flair, Friday in France shares an inner-dialogue that world-travelers and dreamers will relate too. It will simply make you want to go and pack your bags. And if you have never traveled to Europe, are relocating or thinking of spending a semester abroad, or taking a trip to France, this book will light your way with laughter. Friday in France explores all the unique experiences that happen along the way going from the island of Manhattan to the island of Oleron. Quirky handsome surfers, romance, wine-fields and farmer's reports, as well as touching stories and character development unfold on each page. Perfect for someone who is about to travel and explore places unknown. It's a great read for anyone who is about to change their life and/or looking for the courage to do so. Brace yourself, because once you read Friday in France, you might just walk into work on Monday and quit! This humorous novel will certainly make it tempting. Have you ever fantasized about having a romance that had you traveling the globe? Can you imagine falling in love with a Frenchman? Can you just picture walking away from everything you know and love, to live-out a different life? Friday in France is your chance to live vicariously through the author's real life experience. Friday in France takes you back to an easier time in 1993 without cell phones, imminent terrorist attacks and the fast-paced world of the internet. This is a book that goes on a journey and takes the reader along for the ride. If you love arm-chair travel, or love to day-dream about daring life-adventures, this book is for you. Have you ever thought of leaving your life behind to live on an exotic island? Dreamers who long to change their lives; those who adore travel and adventure; romantics and especially those who appreciate a good laugh will love Friday in France. It's like having an amazing visit with your best friend, all conveyed with a comedic knack; it echoes the tone of Bridget Jones' Diary and has the life-changing journey of Eat, Pray, Love, with the enviable backdrop, found in A Year in Provence and yet it is one of the most unique books you will ever read. Author, Judy Block is hilarious and her observations are astute. Do not miss your chance to take the journey of a lifetime. Grab your free ticket to France and BUY IT NOW! For more information go to www.FridayinFrance.com"
Author: Jonathan Fenby
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2016-11-08
With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries for France would be tumultuous. Critically acclaimed historian and political commentator Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through this period as he recounts and analyzes the extraordinary sequence of events of this period from the end of the First Revolution through two others, a return of Empire, three catastrophic wars with Germany, periods of stability and hope interspersed with years of uncertainty and high tensions. As her cross-channel neighbor Great Britain would equally suffer, France was to undergo the wrenching loss of colonies in the post-Second World War era as the new modern world we know today took shape. Her attempts to become the leader of the European union was a constant struggle, as was her lack of support for America in the two Gulf Wars of the past twenty years. Alongside this came huge social changes and cultural landmarks, but also fundamental questioning of what this nation, which considers itself exceptional, really stood—and stands—for. That saga and those questions permeate the France of today, now with an implacable enemy to face in the form of Islamic extremism which so bloodily announced itself this year in Paris. Fenby will detail every event, every struggle, and every outcome across this expanse of 200 years. It will prove to be the definitive guide to understanding France.
Author: Jordan Phillips
Release Date: 2012-07-01
Genre: Business & Economics
In the past, an upgrade in status would have remained a dream or just become the reality of a few. But today, upgrading socioeconomic status is commonplace, mostly in emerging markets. In the nineteenth century, self-appointed tastemaker of New York society Ward McAllister claimed that four generations were necessary to breed a gentleman. Today, due to rapid wealth creation and accumulation, the digital revolution, and the relative ease and affordability of travel, the process of developing a level of taste that is deemed acceptable by high society has been sped up dramatically. Luxury is relative at every level of society. While Michael Kors might be one woman's Gap, the brand might be the ultimate splurge for another woman. What marketers, retailers, and the media tend to ignore is that very possibly describes the same woman, just in different phases of her life, geography, and socioeconomic status. The Lure of Luxe explores the metaphorical climb up the Luxury Consumption Pyramid, which determines how and why a client will spend. The book provides a new way to think about marketing to this elite segment, and offers best practices across a variety of marketing tactics.