Joie de Vivre- 2015

A book written by Harriet Welty Rochefort.

My overall opinion – rate 4 out of 5 (I liked it, a lot).

This author, an American, went to Paris and never left. Why you might ask; she met a man and they married. This book discusses what she’s learned over thirty years. Her perspectives on food, fashion, and social behaviors clarified many of my misconceptions I had about the French. For example, restaurants don’t have take-away bags because they expect you to order only what you can eat and enjoy your meal with your companions. Private dinner parties may not start until eight in the evening and go on until at least midnight. The Parisians have a firm grasp on ‘the joy of life’ even though many people think they can be somewhat combative and unfriendly. They are actually quite the opposite and love to stir up things to make life more interesting. I understand Harriet has several other books and I look forward to reading them in the future. I think this is a non-fiction book worth checking out.

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