As a book reviewer for the library world’s trade publication Library Journal (LJ), I review a lot of lifestyle and personal grooming titles. In the past few years, there’s been a flurry of publications on the “beauty secrets” of French women. If current popular thought is correct, the French surpass their American counterparts in physique, confidence, style and a certain je na so quoi. Style mavens demanded to know exactly what was behind the French feminine mystique. How do French women indulge in decadent desserts, buttery-rich cuisine, robust wines--- and stay slim? Mireille Guiliano provided some insightful answers in her worldwide bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat. Several popular books soon followed, including:
- The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook
- French Woman For All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes and Pleasure
- Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense and Sensibility.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Mireille by phone and asked her about her new release French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude. ( See my review and Q & A in the November issue of LJ.) I’d become hooked on Mirielle ever since her first book. I enjoy the way she communicates to readers like dear friends while giving valuable beauty, business and lifestyle advice. I was curious to know how she felt her current offering was similar or different from previous works. Mirielle readily admits that she’s grown older and wiser. She still gives best practices for feeling and looking one’s best, but this time around the France native writes for les femmes d'un certain age. French Women Don’t Get Facelifts provides plenty of information on addressing midlife body changes that may also affect a woman’s self-esteem. Mireille also discusses the positive attitude French society has towards growing older. How to “age with an attitude” is one of the best “secrets” readers will discover in this recommended read.
What are your favorite beauty secrets and related reads?