What French Women Know by Debra Ollivier
About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind

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The Los Angeles Times bestseller! "A Gallic prescription for living a life that is richer, more sensual, messier, and a lot more fun" (Boston Globe)

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 accept the passage of time, celebrate the immediacy of pleasure, embrace ambiguity and imperfection, and prefer having a life to making a living.

In What French Women Know, Debra Ollivier goes beyond stale ooh- la-la stereotypes, challenging ingrained notions about sex, love, marriage, motherhood, and everything in between. With savvy, provocative thinking from French mistresses and maidens alike, Ollivier presents a refreshing counterpoint to the tired love dogma of our times, and offers realistic, liberating alternatives from the land that knows how to love.

About Debra Ollivier

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DEBRA OLLIVIER lived in France for ten years, during which time she married her French husband and had two children. She was a frequent contributor to Salon and Le Monde, and her work has also appeared in The Guardian, Playboy, Les Inrockuptibles, and Harper's. She is also the author of Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl. Ollivier divides her time between Paris and Los Angeles.
Published July 23, 2009 by Berkley. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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If we read countless books about the French and flock to France, it's often in the hope of shedding that cultural baggage and living out the sensual attributes evoked in that proverbial “Je ne sais quoi.” But short of a revolution in this country (and who’s got time for that?) the differenc...

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As she wends her way through love, sex, food, sex, child-rearing, sex, politics, and more sex, Ollivier compares American women's neuroticism and anxiety to French women's devil-may-care attitude.

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