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From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, chronicling her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself.

Born into a world of make-believe as the daughter of a larger-than-life film producer, Joan Juliet Buck's 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 "figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty," she had the means to recreate for her aging father, now a widower, the life he'd enjoyed during his high-flying years, a splendid illusion of glamorous excess that could not be sustained indefinitely.

Joan's 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 it's not what you'd imagined. While Joan's story is unique, her journey toward self-discovery is refreshing and universal.

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Joan Juliet Buck

Joan Juliet Buck , born in Hollywood , was raised in Paris, London, and Ireland. Her first paying job, at 11, was as a waif carrying a Skye Terrier in the 1960 Disney film 'Greyfriars Bobby'.
She began writing book reviews for Glamour at 19, and was Features Editor of British Vogue at 23. After two decades doing profiles, essays and criticism for American Vogue, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and The New Yorker while she wrote the novels 'The Only Place To Be' (Random House, 1982 and 'Daughter Of The Swan' (Weidenfeld, 1987) , she became editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue from 1994 to 2001. Since then, she has resumed acting ('Julie & Julia', 2009, 'Supergirl', 2015) and performed with The Moth ('The Ghost of the Rue Jacob') while writing her memoir of high life and sharp falls, 'The Price of Illusion'. (Atria books, March 7, 2017)
Long divorced from the writer John Heilpern, she lives and writes in the Hudson Valley.

"Lapidary. . . elegant. . . psychedelic. . . brilliant." Publishers Weekly *starred review
**** in USA Today
An Oprah Pick
A-, Entertainment Weekly

"Buck's brilliant wit, her entirely original sense of style, her capacity to negotiate tragedy, and her gift for self-analysis make this book not only riveting, but also unforgettable" Andrew Solomon
"One knows, from the opening paragraph, that one is in the presence of a truly original, and compelling, voice." Michael Cunningham


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