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Bonjour, Happiness!

Jamie Cat Callan

ISBN 9780806534107
Publish Date 3/15/2011
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Self Help, Citadel
List Price: $14.95

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French women didn’t invent happiness. But they know a thing or two about joie de vivre—being alive to each delicious moment.

As a young girl, Jamie Cat Callan was fascinated by her French grandmother. Though she had little money, Jamie’s grand-mère ate well, dressed well, and took joy in simple, everyday pleasures. As Jamie journeyed through France as an adult, she gained more insight into the differences between French and American women. French women—whether doctors, shop owners, or housewives—don’t worry about being thin enough, young enough, or accomplished enough. They age gracefully and celebrate their bodies. They know how to balance their lives—to love food without overeating, to work hard but not too much, to relish friends and family, and still make time for themselves. Now Jamie draws on everything French women have taught her and shows you how to:

Buy and consume less—and enjoy more
Look like a million Euros on a few francs
Find time to be alone
Flirt à la française
Rediscover your own mystery

Perfection isn’t attainable, but happiness always is. And this uplifting, revelatory book shows every woman how to embrace it—and savor it.

Praise for French Women Don’t Sleep Alone

“Adorable!” –Erica Jong

“Reveals sexy French secrets for upping your confidence and attracting potential mates… Your inner Goddess will rejoice!” –Bonnie Fuller

“Entertaining and informative!” –Helena Frith-Powell

About Jamie Cat Callan:

Jamie Cat Callan grew up under the tutelage of her French grandmother who taught her the secrets to how French women find and keep love. Jamie has traveled to France many times and interviewed hundreds of French women—and more than a few men. Jamie is the creator of The Writers Toolbox and the author of Hooking Up or Holding Out. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Modern Love column, Best American Erotica, The Missouri Review, and many other places. Jamie lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her husband.

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A Truly Beautiful Book! (Saturday, April 16, 2011)
Reviewer: Amy Lignor

This is a collection of wonderful tales and ideas that offer sheer inspiration, and literally teaches each and every one of us to enjoy life and give ourselves a break!

The author, Jamie, speaks about Grandma. Grandma was a tall, slim, elegant woman, with jet black hair that’d turned silver over time. Grandma had the ‘French’ inside of her and she was the essence of a lady who knew all about “the art of living.” A tender moment that Jamie and her Grandma shared was when Grandma used to shampoo Jamie’s hair, and twist it into curls that made her resemble Shirley Temple. Jamie absolutely loved it when Grandma did this, because not only did she take her time, but she also used to send a smile to her granddaughter in the reflected mirror. That smile held more than love; that smile spoke volumes about a woman who’d truly lived and enjoyed every minute of it.

In honor of her Grandmother, as well as wanting to find out exactly what it is that makes Frenchwomen seem far more happy and content than American women, Jamie traveled through France. Living and studying in a small town called Auvillar, Jamie threw herself into the French life - from everything to wine, cheese, and real butter - to how they feel about romance, and living life to the absolute fullest. The French woman - no matter what their socio-economic class, don’t spend all their time worrying about money and how ‘skinny’ they look. They have this amazing optimism and they truly love each and every experience - whether good or bad - simply because it is the “moment” that they’re living in.

This author offers wonderful stories that touch on dance, food, the power of the ‘dinner table’ where families used to meet and actually speak to each other, and the power of handwriting - keeping it elegant in this ridiculous electronic world. She speaks about how age is a beautiful thing. Age means that you have traveled - you have lived - and there is nothing sexier than that. She teaches us that old dreams should be revitalized - that life is too short to set aside what you want and desire to simply pay the bills, and nothing else. These observations of life, dedicated to her Grandmother, are beyond enchanting. And all readers, including myself, could learn some wonderful lessons from these truly inspiring tales. Bravo!

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