“With beauty, poignancy, and stirring precision, Kate Betts describes what it means to come into your own by going far from home. My Paris Dream is a valentine to a city, a language, and the thrills and confusions of young love and young ambition. But, even more so, it’s a tribute to style itself. Betts has all the elements – grace, humor, humanity, wisdom. What a gift that she has shared them in these delightful pages.”

– Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable

“Fashion and self-examination–froth and wisdom–might seem like odd bookfellows, but Betts brings them together with winning confidence. Young worshippers of Paris–and of fashion magazines–are in for an education. Those of us who have been there and back will find it entertaining and sneakily poignant reading on the flight to Charles De Gaulle.”

–Christine Muhlke, New York Times Book Review

“Even though Betts had long recognized that “Even if I spoke slang and danced Le Rock, I would always be une étrangère,” she felt pangs of regret at “breaking up with France.” But few who read about her gutsy, glittering glissade through the City of Light will feel anything other than a frisson of envy. As told in MY PARIS DREAM, her coming of age was not a novel, but the true story of a young woman destined to rise to the height of her profession.”


Kate Betts is an award-winning magazine editor and author who has held top positions at two of the worlds most successful fashion magazines, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. In 2003 she was named editor at large at Time magazine where she created the first globally published style supplement, Time Style & Design.

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