Book Club: All You Need to Be Impossibly French

 As I sit watching the Oscars (more on those later this week!) and eating a slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie that I made yesterday (and not to toot my own horn, but it’s delicious), I thought I would update y’all on my book club progress! (I have the terrible habit of constantly being on the computer while I watch TV as it lessens my guilt about doing either if I do both at the same time!) Anyway, as I was lamenting in my last post about how I’m not making much progress reading for 2011. However, I have already read another book since my last post, go me! Now after reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, I wanted to choose something a little lighter for my next read, so I selected All You Need to Be Impossibly French by Helena Frith-Powell. (I heard about this book on one of my new favorite blogs dress, design, & decor) I’ll be the first to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Is it groundbreaking? No. Is it extremely-well written? Most certainly not. But is it fun to read? Absolutely. This book is essentially non-fiction chick lit, in which the author, a Brit living in France, dissects the differences between French women and British and American women. She tries to understand just what it is that gives the women of France that certain je ne sais quoi that makes them so much more stylish and seductive than the rest of the world. She examines their eating and exercise habits, their style, their sensuality, and their relationships. While this book is fluffy then a freshly-baked croissant, I enjoyed every minute of it. It made me reminisce about our trip to Paris, and want to pick up and move to France! Overall it was very interesting, and I think this book would be a fabulous beach read. My minor complaints: The writing tends to ramble and could use quite a bit of editing. Also, the Kindle price of this book was $12. Wtf? For something that’s essentially an extended magazine article, I thought that price was a little steep, especially considering that I didn’t even get the adorable cover. Oh well. All in all it was $12 well spent, and while I may not be impossibly French, this book has inspired me to try 🙂


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