Entre nous

December 16, 2008 suesbent
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Entre Nous: A Woman’s guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier was published in 2003. This book examines the “French woman” in an attempt to define that elusive ‘je ne sais quoi’. Debra Ollivier is a Californian writer who married a Frenchman and lived in France for a decade. She has written articles for Salon, Harpers, Playboy, Le Monde and others.

w_paris_p0115Ollivier says “Edith Wharton reminds us that “the four words that preponderate in French speech and literature are: glory, love, voluptuousness, and pleasure.” Add to that list self-possession, discretion, authenticity and sensualitity, and you’re well on your way to finding your inner French girl.


I found this book mildly interesting, however Two Lipsticks and a Lover” by Helena Frith Powell I enjoyed reading more. Ollivier does offer some great resources for further reading, watching, researching and I have listed them below in no particular order:


French Women

Jeanne D’Arc

Jeanne Moreau

Simone de Beauvoir


Josephine Baker

Audrey Tatou

Marguerite Duras

Marie Antoinette

Anais Nin

Madame de Pompadour

Madame Clicquot

Catherine de Medicis

Edith Piaf

Pauline de Rothschild

Madame Catherine de Rambouillet


Josephine Bonaparte

Coco Chanel

Rosa Bonheur



French ways and their meaning by Edith Wharton

The second sex by Simone de Beauvoir

L’Invitee by Simone de Beauvoir

The hungry heart by Josephine Baker

The sea wall by Marguerite Duras

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Le divorce by Diane Johnson

Marie Antoinette: the journey by Antonia Fraser

The delta of Venus by Anais Nin

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

Passion simple by Annie Ernaux

The art of eating by M.F.K. Fisher

The food lover’s guide to Paris by Patricia Wells

Mastering the art of French cooking by Julia child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck

Cheri by Colette

Break of day by Colette

Gigi by Colette

Earthly paradise by Robert Phelps

Chanel: her style and her life by Janet Wallach

Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

Catherine de Medicis by Balzac

The Flaneur: a stroll through the paradoxes of Paris by Edmund White

The power of style by Annette Tapert and Diana Edkins

Elle décor: the grand book of French style by Francois Baudot and Jean Demachy

The castle of pictures and other stories: a grandmother’s tales by George Sand

Bonjour Tristress by Francoise Sagan



La double vie de Veronique

Les amants

Jules and Jim

Trop belle pour toi

8 femmes

La femme Nikita

Contes des quatre saisons

Entre nous

Un dimanche a la campagne

Bounjour Tristresse

Henry and June

Le bonheur

Milou en Mai

Babette’s feast



La vie en Rose

M saison preferee



Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

Un home et une femme


Looks like I have a little more reading and researching to do yet…



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