Stuff Parisians Like

Stuff Parisians Like

Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi

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Penguin Putnam
In the tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like, a tongue-in-cheek homage to Parisians.

To be mistaken for a Parisian, readers must buy the newspaper Le Monde, fold it, and walk. Then sit at a café and make phone calls. Be sure to order San Pellegrino, not any other kind of fizzy water. They shouldn't be surprised when a waiter brings out two spoons after they order le moelleux au chocolat- it is understood that the dessert is too sinfully delicious not to share. Go to l'île Saint-Louis-all Parisians are irredeemably in love with that island. Feel free to boldly cross the street whenever the impulse strikes-pedestrian crosswalks are too dangerous. If they take a cruise on the Seine, they will want to stand outside, preferably with their collar popped up. If they want to decorate, may we suggest the photographs of Robert Doisneau? To truly be cool in Paris, own an iPhone, wear Converse sneakers, and order sushi. And as they stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, remember-they can't go wrong wearing black.

Random House, Inc.
In the tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like, a tongue-in-cheek homage to Parisians.

To be mistaken for a Parisian, readers must buy the newspaper Le Monde, fold it, and walk. Then sit at a café and make phone calls. Be sure to order San Pellegrino, not any other kind of fizzy water. They shouldn't be surprised when a waiter brings out two spoons after they order le moelleux au chocolat- it is understood that the dessert is too sinfully delicious not to share. Go to l'île Saint-Louis-all Parisians are irredeemably in love with that island. Feel free to boldly cross the street whenever the impulse strikes-pedestrian crosswalks are too dangerous. If they take a cruise on the Seine, they will want to stand outside, preferably with their collar popped up. If they want to decorate, may we suggest the photographs of Robert Doisneau? To truly be cool in Paris, own an iPhone, wear Converse sneakers, and order sushi. And as they stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, remember-they can't go wrong wearing black.

Baker & Taylor
A wine connoisseur, teacher and Parisian explains how to fit in and be truly cool in the City of Lights including walking with a folded copy of the newspaper Le Monde under your arm and always ordering a San Pellegrino. Original. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Berkley Pub. Group, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425241189
0425241181
Characteristics: vii, 277 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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kat62 Sep 28, 2011

I'm about halfway through this new book in our collections at Central Library and I'm thoroughly enjoying it! In fact, I have to stop myself from bursting out laughing while reading it in transit.

The author, Olivier Magny, is a young Parisian with a smart, savvy sense of humour who writes candidly about his fellow Parisians.

This is a great read for anyone but esp. Francophiles or for people who've visited or lived in (lucky you!) "The City of Light."

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"To be mistake for a Parisian, forget about red wine or creme brulee for lunch. Buy the newspaper "Le Monde", fold it, and walk. Then sit at a cafe and make phone calls. Be sure to order San Pellegrino, not any other kind of fizzy water. Feel free to boldly cross the street whenever the impulse strikes - pedestrian crosswalks are too dangerous. If you take a cruise on the Seine, you will want to stand outside, preferably with your collar popped up. When not taking a p'tit weekend away from the city, toss on a scarf and some sunglasses, go to the market for cherry tomatoes, take a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens ... . To be truly cool in Paris, complain, be on a constant diet, wear black, and above all: follow these rules."

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