Monday, July 13, 2015

Book Review: My Paris Dream

I just finished My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine by Kate Betts. This was one of the books on my summer reading list and like the season should be, I read it leisurely, over something like three or four weeks. I enjoyed it.

After college, she moved to Paris, which was her dream after an inspiring first visit. It was a difficult journey however. Life is not often how you imagined it would be. Nonetheless, her Parisian experience truly helped her become the woman she was meant to be. Mingling with the French, she made friends and had a romantic interest. Although, her workplace was populated with expats. She got her big break in Paris. As an American, she was incredibly ambitious and became a fashion journalist at the Paris bureau of Women's Wear Daily. Always diligently climbing up the ladder, she later landed jobs as an editor at Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Time. Even when moving to Paris turned out to be temporary rather than permanent, she still created the life she wanted and is living her dream. This is an honest account of a go-getter's time in Paris during the late 1980s.

There is a lot of self reflection in this memoir. This is my favorite part since I adore anything to do with identity, personality and motivation. Paris is so important to her. And no wonder, she changed so much during that time. I'm currently finding in my own life that even if things do not work out perfectly, an individual you were in any kind of a relationship with and a place or background you were in during a time of tremendous personal growth holds a special place in your heart. For me, I remain devoted to whoever/wherever it is with unconditional love. (I realize that I'm being vague about my own life, but some things must be kept private.) The author proclaimed that Paris shaped her more than her childhood and college experience.

Even if you don't adore Paris or fashion, I think that the writing is so good, you will enjoy it. I believe that if you identify as a francophile and loved either the book or movie The Devil Wears Prada, then you will really love this book. The author goes into a lot of detail, goes into the studio of a famous designer, for example. Why not escape to Paris this summer?


  1. I consider myself a Francophile but I have yet to see The Devil Wears Prada. One day! :)

    1. If you try this book, I hope you like it.

      I loved the movie "The Devil Wears Prada." You should see it! From this movie, I already knew what a "preview" was; I didn't have to learn it from Kate's definition. In this book, there is a lot of name dropping and sometimes it's a behind-the-scenes look at haute couture.

      I just rented a feel good movie on amazon last night. It's called "The Italian Key." It's a mystery romance about a female teenager with a happy ending. Maybe your youngest daughter might enjoy it...