Elegance 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 ti

  • Title: Elegance
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
  • ISBN: 9780060522278
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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 to every life than what appears on the surface and that everything, even elegance, has its price.

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    About "Kathleen Tessaro"

    1. Kathleen Tessaro

      Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathleen attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University In the middle of her sopho 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 and was an early member of the Wimpole Street Writer s Workshop Her debut novel, Elegance, became a bestseller in hardback and paperback All of Kathleen s novels Elegance, Innocence, The Flirt, The Debutante, The Perfume Collector, and Rare Objects have been translated into many languages and sold all over the world She returned to Pittsburgh in 2009, where she now lives with her husband and son.

    308 thoughts on “Elegance”

    1. I had read about 10 years ago and really enjoyed. My copy was lost in a series of moves and the book was relegated into the recesses of my mind. I found a lovely used copy and did a reread. I found this older version of me didn't enjoy it as much as the younger version did. It was still a pleasant read but it didn't give me the same *feels* I got as a young twenty something. Perhaps with age, we discover a different set of priorities?

    2. Kathleen Tessaro, Elegance (Morrow, 2003)There is a particular passage in the book-within-a-book Elegance that defines, in a far more eloquent way, something I've been trying to pinpoint about the major problem with the fashion industry, and a major problem with western culture in general.“However, if women continue to seek comfort above all twenty-four hours a day, twelve months a year, they may eventually find that they have allowed themselves to become slaves to the crepe-rubber sole, nylon [...]

    3. I have a confession to make. I have always wanted to be elegant, like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly. I know you'll find this hard to believe because I shlep around in jeans, baggy tees, and Dansko clogs. Not really the look of someone aspiring to elegance. This book runs through 26 tips on acquiring an elegant look, none are new or surprising. I guess the bottom line for me is my need for comfort outweighs my secret desire.The premise for the book is an interesting one. The author, Kathleen Tass [...]

    4. Love the cover - didn't like the book. When I got to the alphabetised 'F' chapter which concerned the 'elegance of wearing fur', I chucked the book down and said an expression that also started with the letter 'F' :)

    5. My review from BookCrossing: Read it on the plane on the way to Seattle for a work trip. If it *is* chick lit, it's some of the cleanest I've ever read. . .A moderately interesting book, we walk through a self-made makeover as the main character (I've forgotten her name and the book is at the hotel) goes through a transformation after finding an old copy of a book on elegance from the 40s (?). It's actually very interesting, describing buying classic pieces for your wardrobe, etc and I learned a [...]

    6. How do I hate this book? Let me count the ways:-Whiny, self-absorbed, infuriatingly stupid main character, Louise, who confuses sex with "elegance" and can't help herself out of any bad situation; she has to get other people to do it. Couldn't sympathize. Plus she made her therapist feel really bad for no reason except that she (Louise) is screwed up and integrally mean.-Humor that didn't make me laugh. Ever. The excerpts from Madame Dariaux's book, Elegance, were the best parts of the novel. Wh [...]

    7. I thought this book would be just another Bridget Jones knock-off. And in many ways it was. (I swear some of the scenes were practically lifted from that book.) But at times there was surprising depth to Elegance. Let's start with the irritations. How many American-girls-living-in-London books are going to be published? They are always living in flats they can't possibly afford. They always have gay friends. They are always buying clothes they can't possibly afford. They always drink too much. T [...]

    8. I read the abridged audio version of this book. This story is about a thirty-ish woman stuck in a dead end job who is married to a man who has no sex drive and is more interested in decorating their living room (and if you can't see the reason coming a mile away well then you simply haven't read enough Chick Lit books yet). When she finds an ancient tome entitled Elegance in an old book store it gives her the incentive to dress better and is the beginning of some major changes in her current sta [...]

    9. I picked up Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro from the library primarily to help me fulfill one of the Take a Chance 3 Challenge requirements. This is a book about Louise Canova--thirty-something, unhappy with her looks, her life and her marriage. She comes across a book called Elegance in a secondhand bookshop that she thinks will be the answer to her prayers. This slim volume was written by the French fashion expert Madame Dariaux in the 1960s and Louise starts taking the A-Z guide to heart--changi [...]

    10. I'm not a fan of chick lit. This book was a classic case of judging the book by its cover (I have the hardback version with beautiful black pages) and to start with, I was convinced I'd picked a winner. In fact, for the first two thirds I was hooked. I liked Louise, I liked the fact she wasn't perfect. Then it all went downhill. Louise became annoying, self-absorbed and the story seemed padded. She had a sudden problem with food which was blamed on a bulimic back story to fill out a few pages. H [...]

    11. This is part novel, part savoir-vivre manual, and to my mind, it's better than any of the popular Madame Chic books. This book held my attention. It won't explain table manners to you, but will help with wardrobe overhaul, dressing properly for the occasion, and - a crucial thing - developing a new mindset.Edit: I've just realized it's based on a real book, A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions. I've been looking for a woman's version of [...]

    12. Louise is an American living in England, married to a British man. He spends his time working on their perfect house and she spends her time sleeping. She needs a life. She does like second hand bookstores and one day she finds a book called Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux. Having just been through a humiliating party in which she looked terrible, Louise pulls this book out and starts to read. Next thing you know she is throwing away ugly clothes and going to the gym. She dumps her therapi [...]

    13. Romanul " Eleganța" al scriitoarei Kathleen Tessaro a apărut la editura Nemira în colecția Damen Tango în anul 2016. Traducerea a fost făcută de Andreea Florescu după romanul apărut în 2003. Este cel de al doilea roman al acestei autoare pe care îl citesc în decurs de un an. Primul a fost " Colecționara de parfumuri" pe care l-am considerat o lectură deosebită, plină de sensibilitate și o bună cunoaștere a eternului feminin. Acest de al doilea roman este la fel de bun și demo [...]

    14. I should start off by saying that this isn't the type of book that I would normally pick up, and perhaps that makes this rating a little unfair. I'm not one for fluffy romance novels but I craved a light read, and I'm rather fascinated by the concept of beauty and elegance. There were a few things that just never sat well with me in terms of this novel. I liked the concept of it, but I felt that at times the author's attempts to bend the narrative to the alphabetical structure of Madame Dariaux' [...]

    15. Unhappy with herself, Louise Canova is inspired to reinvent her life under the careful tutelage of Madame Dariaux’s forty year old guide to quality and taste. Convinced she will emerge the very image of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, Louise throws herself wholeheartedly into the endeavor, hanging on every word of the slim grey tome.Initially, I was worried this was yet another attempt at recreating Bridget Jones and was ultimately surprised to find that this was not the case. Tessaro’s stor [...]

    16. I found this book at the library, but all the pages were black and dirty looking and I didn't want something that icky in my house, so I went and bought a copy because I thought that I would really like it. I did and I didn't.Apparently there's really a book out there called Elegance that the author found and apparently loved because she wrote a novel about a plain boring woman who finds the book and lets it change her life. It's like a beauty dictionary where each chapter is a letter from A to [...]

    17. This book was rather good. The main character, Louise, was believable and garners empathy from her audience, in that she had a dramatic past filled with eating disorders, troubled parents, unsuccessful romantic relationships, and career that never took off. She's very real. Her marriage is boring and passionless, she doesn't really have any nice girlfriends, and she's lost sight of who she really is and what she wants out of life. In short, her life hasn't turned out the way she thought it would [...]

    18. Louise Canova, the American protagonist of Kathleen Tessaro's novel, Elegance, is unhappy. Everything in her life seems to be off kilter, including her deeply dissatisfying marriage. When she and her English husband split up she decides to strive for elegance, using a book she found in a second-hand bookstore.Most chapters are headed with a quote from the book, which is real, by the way, and was written by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux in the 1960s. As Louise follows the advice in the book she finds [...]

    19. Short and sweet, 2006 bookcrossing journal:Light reading for the summer. For that genre it is pretty good, although it is definately a city girl's story. There was one section where our heroine goes away with friends to the country one weekend. And some of the things she writes about the English countryside just made me think, 'dear, god, woman' Pathetic wasn't in it. But that's just me and my hang ups!Otherwise light reading about finding yourself and getting a nice warddrobe. Very cunning to h [...]

    20. I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was interesting, and I finished it, but I found the main character strange and unlikeable. The book felt disjointed; she was meant to develop and change through the reading of the book of the title, a 1950s handbook on how to be elegant, but instead her transformation seemed to happen off the page: all of a sudden she's thin! I wish that could happen to me. She wears a dress from her closet that she's never worn and suddenly she's beautiful and men [...]

    21. This is another book in which I liked the premise a little bit more than the actual story. A woman discovers a 60s book teaching the importance of elegance (ala Audrey Hepburn) in a used book store and makes it her bible. Her life changes as her self-image changes. Except for the fact that the "elegance" book is real (and I really want a copy), it's a pretty standard chick lit book. Too many resolutions and life changes were reached after a few page of set up, but it was otherwise light, fun, an [...]

    22. although the heroine is a total mess but the overall book was kinda fun, real and a bit inspiring. i read it a long time before and didn't like it i expected a different kinda book and was disappointed but now as i read it again when i'm a bit older and could relate to some parts of the plot i find it interesting and i like it betternote:1st read: May 20112nd read: December 20133rd read: October 2015

    23. Rarely do I dislike a book enough to chuck it before it is done, but this one may hold a record for how quickly I grew bored with it. I had such high hopes, as I thought the the author's "The Perfume Collector" was excellent. I cannot believe they were written by the same person. Sadly, I bought up nearly all of her titles, and if "Elegance" is giving to be any indicator, it was a waste of money.

    24. My favorite make-over book! The story is built around Elegance, the non-fiction book by Dariaux. The main character in the book stumbles on a dusty copy of "Elegance" in a book store. Using the books advice she slowly transforms herself from a woman with an unhhappy marriage, trapped in a dull job with nothing to wear into a woman of style and substance.

    25. Ενα βιβλιο που περιγραφει με κεφι και καλη διαθεση το μεγαλυτερο προβλημα της γυναικειας φυσης. Την χρυση τομη μεταξυ της γυναικειας φιλαρεσκειας και της απολυτης παραιτησης. Μια γυναικα ψαχνει την χαμενη θυληκοτητα της με οδηγο ενα βιβλιο με συμβουλες, για να βρει στο τελ [...]

    26. I devoured this classy romance in one sitting. A thoroughly enjoyable, delightful read. I enjoyed the tips for elegance peppered throughout this feel-good story.

    27. Bleah. I never could get to like Louise, the main character. In fact, I never could get past disliking her intensely.

    28. It's like a guide book and a story at the same time. It shows that guides are there not to follow strictly, but just as what they are, a guide.

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