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The art of imperfection : simple ways to make peace with yourself
Vienne, Véronique.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Clarkson/Potter Publishers, 1999.
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
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BJ1595 .V54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A collection of ten inspirational and meditative essays offers insights into how to celebrate the flaws that make us unique, fascinating, and lovable individuals.

Author Notes

She was born and raised in Paris, and now lives in New York. She was a magazine art director for Parenting, Self, and Interiors before becoming a feature writer for such magazines as Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country. She also writes a regular column for House and Garden.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
1 The art of making mistakesp. 10
Don't Be a Wise Guyp. 14
What's Wrong with This Picture?p. 17
2 The art of being skyp. 18
Think with the Whole Bodyp. 23
The Etiquette of Shynessp. 27
3 The art of looking like yourselfp. 28
The Rules of Realhoodp. 33
Reality Checkp. 35
4 The art of having nothing to wearp. 36
Style is Knowing What not to Wearp. 41
How to Break the Rulesp. 43
5 The art of not being rightp. 44
When not to Have the Last Wordp. 48
Ten Ways to Say "Bravo"p. 51
6 The art of being disorganizedp. 52
Make a List, and Then Forget itp. 57
Gentle Control over Naturep. 59
7 The art of having taste--not good tastep. 60
Haste is the Enemy of Tastep. 64
A Little Less Bright, Pleasep. 67
8 The art of not knowing what to dop. 68
When Being Helpful Doesn't Helpp. 72
Why Less Sexy Is More Sexyp. 75
9 The art of being sillyp. 76
Baby Talk: What it Meansp. 81
Spiritual Paradoxesp. 83
10 The art of being neither rick nor famousp. 84
Spending it Allp. 88
Ten Good Reasons to Be an Ordinary Personp. 91
Conclusionp. 93
A selected bibliographyp. 94
Photo creditsp. 96