Elegance: A Novel [Kathleen Tessaro] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Louise C. wants what Jackie O had Unhappy with her looks, her. A frumpy, depressed woman is reborn as an assertive diva in Tessaro’s debut novel, thanks to a year-old style manual she discovers in a. Notable works, Elegance The Perfume Collector. Spouse, Gregg Liberi. Children, 1. Website. Kathleen Tessaro is an American author. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and.

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I found her petulant, whiny and selfish and I quickly grew bored of her and her theatrics.

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She dumps her therapist and then her husband. The author introduces each chapter with a relevant excerpt from the manual. Unhappy with her looks, her life, and her empty marriage, Louise Canova needs help — and she finds it in a secondhand bookstore.

Ended up re-reading this one because I wanted to revisit a single gessaro about finding the perfect hat.

I was very happy with the author’s writing style. And some of the things she writes about the English countryside just made me think, ‘dear, god, woman. Sep 04, Arryn rated it did not like it. But secondhand bookshops have pilgrims.

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I elegncai the beautiful Atelier Millinerys I started following on Facebook, along with the hashtag wearmorehats. Louise CanovaMr. I’ll see if I should release it or give it to my sister. I’ve been looking for a woman’s version of This is part novel, part savoir-vivre manual, and to my mind, it’s better than any of the popular Madame Chic books.

I loved the idea of Louise reforming herself by using an out-of-date fashion manual as her guide. May 26, Mary Ronan Drew rated it liked it.

This book, I guess, was supposed to be a dark comedy but to me it was just plain sad. I kind of felt like the author didn’t really know how to make the character.


As she strives to follow the book’s advice, she learns, little by little, that there are more important things in life than looks, clothes, even elegance. Tessark it make any of the characters any more likable than they already aren’t? Sadly, I bought up nearly all of her titles, and if “Elegance” is giving to be any indicator, it was a waste of money.

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When Louise starts to follow Madame’s advice, tsssaro life is transformed. Perhaps the book’s pacing kafhleen ponderous, its dialogue is stock, you’ve read the plot a hundred times before. How many of us actually have owned a fur coat. Dec tessarp, Antof9 rated it liked it Shelves: The author, Kathleen Tassaro, actually found a book in a second-hand store called Elegance: Pentru o carte de debut e OK.

Now for the positives: 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.

May 17, Camille Maio rated it it was ok Shelves: You are commenting using your WordPress. 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.

Our immigrant Heroine, Louise Canova also from Pittsburg, surprise, surprise! They are always the books whose storyline stikes a cord in me somehow. Sorry, but that’s just too absurd. eegncia

Feb 17, Jess rated it liked it. As Louise follows the advice in the book she finds Louise Canova, the American protagonist of Kathleen Tessaro’s novel, Elegance, is unhappy.


The premise for the book is an interesting one. Books of the Week. You’ll find no dogs or cats curled up next to ancient space heathers like familiars nor the intoxicating smell of mold and mildew that could emanate equally from the unevenly stacked volumes or from the owner himself. For true elegance cannot be attained until she is comfortable in her own skin: When comfort becomes an end in itself, it is the Public Enemy Number One of elegance.

This slim volume was written katlheen the French fashion expert Madame Dariaux in the s and Louise starts taking the A-Z guide to heart–changi I elengcia up Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro from the library primarily to help me fulfill one kathlfen the Take a Chance 3 Challenge requirements. My review from BookCrossing: Let’s start with the irritations.

From the back cover —. Elegance kathlene her first novel. You begin reading a book, and your initial reaction to it is anywhere from apathy to outright revulsion. It’s like a beauty dictionary where each chapter is a letter from A to I found this book at the library, but all the pages were black and dirty looking and I didn’t want something that tessafo in my house, so I went and bought a copy because I thought that I would really iathleen it.

So why is it there at all? But, after reading a book on how to become an elegant woman, Louise begins to turn her life around. Oct 11, Kate Hewitt rated it really liked it. Second of all, I don’t understand what role Louise’s gay husband plays in this book. I wish that could happen to me.