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Take a walk on the Parisian side with Lauren Elkin's 'Flâneuse'

“Flâneuse” Lauren Elkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 336 pp., $27 Lauren Elkin’s “Flâneuse,” part cultural history, part personal memoir, fervently celebrates women who have asserted their freedom and sharpened their identities by taking to urban streets — whether on solitary, exploratory rambles...

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