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Born into a world of make-believe as the daughter of a larger-than-life film producer, Joan Juliet Buckâs childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces, ever-changing home addresses, and a fascination with the shiny surfaces of things. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue's coveted position of Editor in Chief, a âfigurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty,â she had the means to recreate for her aging father, now a widower, the life heâd enjoyed during his high-flying years, a splendid illusion of glamorous excess that could not be sustained indefinitely.
Joanâs memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s. But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe. She chronicles this journey in beautiful and at times heartbreaking prose, taking the reader through the wild parties and the fashion, the celebrities and creative geniuses as well as love, loss, and the loneliness of getting everything you thought you wanted and finding itâs not what youâd imagined. While Joanâs story is unique, her journey toward self-discovery is refreshing and universal.
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