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

Debra Ollivier, Author, Debra Ollivier, Read by
Debra Ollivier, Author, Debra Ollivier, Read by , read by the author. Penguin Audio $34.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-14-314450-2
Reviewed on: 11/30/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
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Ollivier's manifesto belongs in that rare class of books that must be listened to on audio rather than read in print. Her performance of her own book is so delicious and pitch-perfect that it demands a hearing, if for nothing else than the hilarious recounted conversations between herself and various French female interlocutors, whom she presents with a faultless blend of Gallic style and nonchalance. Her accent is impeccable—to American ears, anyway—achieved during a decade of living in France and being married to a Frenchman. 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. Vive la difference ! A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 12). (Aug.)

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