Welcome to February, my friends! Since this is the month with Valentine’s Day I decided to choose a book about seduction. Well, at least the way the French view it. I bought a copy of La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life a few months ago. This seems like the perfect time to read it.
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FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB SELECTION
La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life by Elaine Sciolino
France is a seductive country, seductive in its elegance, its beauty, its sensual pleasures, and its joie de vivre. But Elaine Sciolino, the longtime Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, has discovered that seduction is much more than a game to the French: it is the key to understanding France.
Seduction plays a crucial role in how the French relate to one another—not just in romantic relationships but also in how they conduct business, enjoy food and drink, define style, engage in intellectual debate, elect politicians, and project power around the world. While sexual repartee and conquest remain at the heart of seduction, for the French seduction has become a philosophy of life, even an ideology, that can confuse outsiders.
In La Seduction, Sciolino gives us an inside view of how seduction works in all areas, analyzing its limits as well as its power. She demystifies the French way of life in an entertaining and personal narrative that carries us from the neighborhood shops of Paris to the halls of government, from the gardens of Versailles to the agricultural heartland.
What’s better than curling up with a good book and a delicious cup of tea? And when the tea is named
Reading Nook“? Perfection.