Friday, October 19, 2012
This is my first ever book giveaway! In the past I have been supplied with books to read and review upon occasion; but this time the generous folks at Simon & Schuster have sent me an extra book to offer to readers of Polly-Vous Francais? in a Book Giveaway!
And this is not just any book. It is Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott.
Okay, well, damn, I thought when I first heard about this book. Or "Sniff!" as I wrote to the lovely Simon & Schuster publicist who offered me the advance review copy, "This was the book I was going to write," I whined. "Oh well, she who hesitates... blah blah." So I swallowed my pride (and that half-written manuscript) and eagerly agreed to read the book and offer a book giveaway on ye blog.
Mardon me, Padame, but how the h** does one do a book giveaway?
Of course one googles the phrase "Book Giveaway" and then picks from the best of the ideas and marches onward.
And so I present: the Polly-Vous Francais first-ever book giveaway!
Are you still awake? Would you like a free book?
If you'd like to learn how to be chic like the French women in this book, and get a free book which gives you all the details, simply leave a non-spam, non-anonymous comment below. And while you're at it you can "like" our Facebook page! I will print out all the names and cut their email addresses in little strips of paper and then place all the names in a beret before November 6 (the release date of the next edition) and then I will ask a random friend to extract the names from the beret. Then the winner, selected at random, will be contacted. Said winner will have to have enough confidence that I am not an axe-murderer to give me her (or his?) mailing address, and then I will send that winner a pristine copy of the wonderful Lessons from Madame Chic. And I'll actually pay the postage. And I actually promise to put it in the mail, unlike most of the other letters on my desk which have been languishing in the "to be mailed" pile for lo these many months.
But don't stop reading yet. You need the preliminary review! Lessons from Madame Chic arrived in this afternoon's mail. And I can't put it down. It is a fabulous look at French savoir vivre. Jennifer Scott never attempts to generalize or make stereotypes, but simply offers one view of chic French life as she observed from a year living in Paris with Madame and Monsieur Chic in the 16e arrondissement. She balances it with great observations about Madame Bohemienne in the 11e. No broad-brush "the French are this or that" statements, but simple and astute observations from her year in Paris.
I like that.
I think perhaps some cultural/social evolution has happened since the author first spent her junior year in France (most chic French women now wear jeans?), but this book is nevertheless a great resource, with helpful tips on how to incorporate French chic and practicality into your everyday life. In every realm from fashion to food to family living to feeding your brain, with chapters such as "Exercise is Part of Living, Not a Chore." You'll be glad you read it. And I think you'll keep it on hand as a reference book.
So, my friends, submit comments below (and "like" us on Facebook for a plus) to qualify to win a free copy of Lessons from Madame Chic! Comments (or new Facebook "likes") must happen before November 5.
The winner will be informed by November 6.
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