8 New Books for the Francophile in All of Us

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Nancy K. Miller, who traded Barnard for the Sorbonne, possessed the standard weakness for all things French, but was especially enamored of New Wave films, right down ... more 
Photo by: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Nancy K. Miller, who traded Barnard for the Sorbonne, possessed the standard weakness for all things French, but was especially enamored of New Wave films, right down to the heroines' bad boyfriends-it was the dawn of second-wave feminism, and Miller hoped experience would beget happiness. Breathless (Seal) recounts her relationships with a series of ill-chosen men, including a domineering fellow expat forever insistent on a full cheese course, and an emerging worldliness, epitomized by such stylish touches as a striped Dior shirtwaist dress. less 
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Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:12 PM EST
Kate Guadagnino

France, and its stylish capital in particular, has captivated luminaries from Gertrude Stein to Pamela Druckerman, whose best-seller about the superiority of French parenting inspired Danzy Senna's hilarious essay in Vogue's November issue, "Bringing Down Bébé." Senna isn't the first to have found la belle France unwilling to uphold her every fantasy, and yet the place maintains a firm grasp on our imaginations, as can be seen by this influx of new titles. It would seem that when it comes to setting a standard for food, fashion, and a certain je ne sais quoi, we'll always have Paris.

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