I'm a GoodReads user testing new waters after the serious website changes. I mostly read fiction, usually Anglophone classics/ modern classics; I like nonfiction (mostly social and cultural history), good fantasy and graphic novels. For guilty pleasure, I read advice and how-to books. I made at least two reading resolutions recently; 1. read less, live more; 2. read books which give me more pleasure. I have poor filters, and books I find stylistically pleasing tend to be depressing, so I need to do something about that; if you think you know a book that is very well written, but won't make me weep, please drop me a line.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are - Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas It's impressionistic, neurotic, sparse. I liked it more than [b:All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women|139381|All You Need to Be Impossibly French A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women|Helena Frith Powell||134358] or [b:French Women Don't Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love|4810164|French Women Don't Sleep Alone Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love|Jamie Cat Callan||4875284], which are filled with details and fundamentally uncool in their attempt to 'crack the code' (imagine a 'have you ticked this box?' guide to achieving sprezzatura). This book doesn't do that - instead, it portrays a Parisian woman the way a novella, a short film impression, a musical improvisation would. If you like sensing things rather than follow author's attempts to 'fit in' or 'channel her inner French girl', this could show you how to walk the walk.

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