My Paris Dream
An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine
Random House Publishing Group – Random House
Spiegel & Grau
For readers of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, My Paris Dream is a charming and insightful memoir about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980s Paris, by former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts, the author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.
From the time I had read Mark Twain’s book, The Innocents Abroad I had an itching to set my feet on that continent. A certain wanderlust grew in my spirit. Eventually, I not only visited Europe, but actually lived there for some 11 years. When I was perusing the book lists on Netgalley a while ago, I tripped over My Paris Dream and immediately asked for the book.
Ms. Betts experiences often paralleled my journey of moving to a foreign land. Puzzlement, learning curves in nearly every aspect of living. Even aspirations were touched; she had planned to be a foreign reporter but discovered herself working as a fashion reporter in the cutthroat industry of high fashion.
I was delighted to follow her journey. My time I did stay in Paris was brief, but I saw much then that she lived in that short time I was there. Most of the rest of the story dealt with the fashion trade I was, to me, not nearly as interesting. I still learned much about the world of high fashion and had my thoughts provoked.
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