Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bonjour, Kirkus Reviews!

This just in from The Kirkus Review:

Secrets to Finding your Joie de Vivre
Author: Callan, Jamie Cat

Review Date: March 1, 2011
Pages: 224
Price ( Paperback ): $14.95
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-0-8065-3410-7
Category: Nonfiction

A recipe for happiness with ingredients that you don’t have to travel far to find.

Accustomed to the American pursuit of happiness, Callan (French Women Don’t Sleep Alone, 2009, etc.) explores her French roots to find fulfillment in life’s simple pleasures. The spirit of the book centers around the idea that: “In America, we’ve come to think that bigger and faster is better. But suppose it is the opposite—smaller and slower is better?” Through her travels, interviews and self-exploration, the author reveals the importance of living in the moment, and she offers delightful recipes for living. If you stop gormandizing, you will enjoy your meal, drop a few pounds and maybe even find a companion as depicted in Callan’s instructions for a Roquefort soufflé. She urges readers to sit down and enjoy their coffee, to be inspired by their surroundings. Through a series of complimentary anecdotes, the author asks readers to examine how they lead their lives. Why not take the stairs? Why not take pride in what you wear, even if that means merely putting on some sexy lingerie? Why not use the fine china more often? Even though the author traveled to France to discover the art of happiness, she gives tangible suggestions on how to live like the French no matter where you are.

Translates the joie de vivre into a language of life that is not so foreign.

Merci beaucoup, Kirkus Review!!!!


  1. ooh la la
    I can hardly wait to read the new book Jamie!

  2. Merci beaucoup! Oh, and Leslie--I resent the book to you on Thursday, so you should be receiving it soon. xo Jamie

  3. Merci beaucoup, Denise! If you email your snail mail to me, I'll put an copy in the mail to you asap! You're all over the book! xo Jamie

  4. Congrats, Jamie! Can't wait to read it!

  5. Wow, I can't wait to read this. I loved your first book. It had a lot of material in it that I'd never heard before.

  6. Thanks so much! I know you'll enjoy it! xo Jamie

  7. Jamie, I devoured the new book over the weekend. It's so fabulous and fun. I loved what you said about realizing that your father was like a foreign country and that it's useful to view our own personal customs (or quirks) through the eyes of a visitor, both of which yield to us their hidden charms. Congrats on the new book!


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