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
You can always come back, my mother said. Just go.
As a young woman, Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own in a faraway place and becoming a glamorous foreign correspondent. After college and not without trepidation she took off for Paris, renting a room in the apartment of a young BCBG (bon chic, bon genre) family and throwing herself into the local culture. She was determined to master French slang, style, and savoir faire, and to find a job that would give her a reason to stay.
Kate Betts’s captivating memoir brings to life the enchantment of France from the nightclubs of 1980s Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the grand spectacle of the Cour Carrée and magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who she s meant to be.