Elegance by Kathleen TessaroElegance by Kathleen Tessaro


byKathleen Tessaro

Paperback | May 31, 2004

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Louise C. wants what Jackie O had ...

Unhappy with her looks, her life, and her empty marriage, Louise Canova needs help -- and she finds it in a secondhand bookstore. A forty-year-old encyclopedia of style titled Elegance, this slim volume by formidable French fashion expert Madame Dariaux promises to transform even the plainest of women into creatures of poise and grace. It is a fairy godmother in print, an A-to-Z manual with essential advice that Louise vows to take to heart. But within its pages lie not only clues from her past, but also powerful lessons for the future. And as the old Louise gives way to the stunning new, she's about to find out that there's more to every life than what appears on the surface ... and that everything, even elegance, has its price.

Kathleen Tessaro was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University. In the middle of her sophomore year, she went to study in London for three months and stayed for the next twenty-three years. She began writing at the suggestion of a friend a...
Title:EleganceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:319 pages, 8.06 × 5.3 × 0.78 inPublished:May 31, 2004Publisher:Avon BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060522275

ISBN - 13:9780060522278


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the read Selfish and narcissistic main character who seems to have no mind of her own, taking advice from an outdated book. Couldn't stand this one.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and entertaining. This book is light, but fun and entertaining. The author starts each chapter with an excerpt from a decades-old guide to Elegance written by a Parisian fashionista from a golden age-gone-by. So while some of her advice is very dated (hats with veils?), some of it is timeless (quality vs quantity and less is more, etc.) The story might be a wee bit predictable, but at least its believable, and the oh-so-relatable heroine makes her own way. A great weekend read or beach read.
Date published: 2010-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read My 3 girlfriends and I recently started a book club. Its very amateur and so we thought we'd start with something light and sort of girly until we get into more daring novels. The truth is this book is FANTASTIC! It made us feel good about oursleves and definetely reminded us that you are as beautiful and as elegant as you feel. Read this in your underwear, and embrace your naked body, whether you think you're too thin, too tall, too brunette whatever, and realize those imperfections are defining characteristics! I recommend this to women who have ever questioned their fashion choices or sense of style! I loved it.
Date published: 2004-06-24

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