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I am the first to admit that I will read anything and everything about Paris or France. But lately even I have grown a little tired of the: How to Dress Like a Parisienne, How to Eat Like a Parisienne, How to Do Anything Like a Parisienne Because They Do Everything Better Than Us mindset.
Luckily My Paris Dream is not one of those books. What it is, is a delightful memoir of one woman’s dream to live in Paris. She set Paris as her goal and systematically went about achieving that goal. The events take place in the 1980’s and 90’s and revolve around her moving to and living in Paris.
This book just tells it like it is or was. What it’s like to get an apartment, to try and fit in, to learn to speak French. Besides just the facts about life in Paris, the tales of her job at Women’s Wear Daily are equally fascinating. The fashion shows, the stories, the designers, how they go about getting their news stories, the constant deadlines.
Unlike some memoirs, there is no deep soul searching here (thank goodness) . It is a writer telling the story of a time in her life, when she was young and full of dreams. As a writer, she is very matter of fact and sets about describing and telling events that happened without the relentless minute inspection that can exist in some memoirs.
If you like reading about Paris , women searching for and fulfilling their dreams, or just what it’s like to be young and full of energy with the world in front of you, you will love this book.
I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.