It’s hard to think of anyone who more fully embodies the French-girl aesthetic than Caroline de Maigret, the model and music producer who in 2014 co-wrote How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are. Now Maigret and her co-author, the French film producer Sophie Mas (Ad Astra, Call Me By Your Name), turn their attention to aging gracefully the Parisian way with Older, but Better, but Older, out now from Doubleday. Here, Maigret shares her favorite books.

The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir

An essential book that defines the female sex, both literally and figuratively, questions its place in the world, and introduces the questions that a woman must ask herself. It was considered scandalous at the time of its publication, with the Catholic French writer François Mauriac saying that Beauvoir’s work had “literally reached the limits of the abject.” The Second Sex was as important then as it is now.