Older, but Better, but Older: From the Authors of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are (Hardcover)

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From the authors of “How to be Parisian” comes a new book shedding light on life as you get older. Because you’re better. But you’re also older. Oh, the joys and delights of aging.

This book is described as ‘advice focused on the French woman’s mindset as she hurtles toward forty. I may not be French, but forty is growing ever closer, so I feel this book is in part talking to me.

And there is a lot in this book that I do read and nod along to. In particular, the pages that talk about being in your twenties. Like the authors, I too didn’t find them to be the best years of my life. There is a lot of positive insight and reflection contained within this little book that will leave you smiling and feeling pleasantly content.

Being a book by a model there are of course the French style and beauty secrets that we all need to help us stay stylish. But there is also appreciation for ones wrinkles, and a delightful ode to an often unloved part of our anatomy.

If you find yourself fearing growing up and growing older, here is a book written by women from the country where women seem to grow old with a grace and dignity that many long to achieve. This book will help you realise the many advantages and benefits that come with a few more years under your belt.

And if you need any more convincing, read the pages about pottery ;)

— Hannah Reidell


From the bestselling authors of How to be Parisian, what smart, savvy, fabulous French women think, feel and advise as they hit forty on life, love, and everything else

Older, but Better, but Older has the playful wit, self deprecation and worldly advice we have come to expect from these bestselling authors, but now that advice is focused on the French woman's mindset as she hurtles towards forty. Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas are back to amuse you with how they find they are modifying their favorite bad-girl behavior as they address beauty, love, seduction as well as lifestyle, family, work, and living alone.
     They are still bohemian iconoclasts saying what you don't expect to hear. They will tell you things aren't what they used to be--when a thirty-year-old guy arrives at a party and does not even glance at you; when you wake up feeling great and everyone tells you how tired you look; you know you're an adult when you're excited just to go home.
     Neuroses vs. confidence, resistance vs. acceptance, passion vs. serenity, de Maigret and Mas through spirited short stories capture the different stages of ageing--as nostalgic but modern Parisian women. From the privately absurd to the strangely universal, this book captures moments of everyday life that will make the reader nod, cringe, and laugh out loud.

About the Author

CAROLINE DE MAIGRET is an international model; she has been an ambassador and spokesperson for Chanel since 2013; a music producer at Bonus Tracks Records and fashion video producer for CDM Production. She is an activist for women's and children's rights supporting NGOs such as UN Women and Care International. She lives in Paris with her twelve-year-old son.

SOPHIE MAS is a film producer working between Paris and the United States. Her filmography includes Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino and the upcoming features of James Gray and Oliver Assayas.

Praise For…

“Older, But Better, But Older is a book to read late at night in one go and then buy for your girlfriends. Peppered with inspirational quotes and comedic anecdotes, it is soulful truth-telling with a wink and a prayer.” – Laura Bailey, Vogue UK

“Neuroses, bon mots, no matter how you come at it, Older is its own Pandora’s Box, a treatise on freedom, self-knowledge, and (variously): learning to be your own best ally, doing good for yourself and others” – Tina Issac-Goize, Vogue

“A witty take on growing older in Older but Better, but Older, in what is a Parisian approach to adulthood.” – Ella Alexander, Harper’s Bazaar

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385544863
ISBN-10: 0385544863
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: December 31st, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English