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Paris: The Memoir

Dey Street Mar. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780063224629. $30. MEMOIR
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Hilton, the great-granddaughter of Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton, was a media personality often derided as “famous for being famous.” She was a 1990s party girl who became a fixture on the NYC social scene. She eventually landed a reality series, The Simple Life, with her best friend and fellow socialite Nicole Richie. That led to Hilton becoming the butt of jokes, including SNL skits, then an ex betrayed and traumatized her by leaking a sex tape. Her first book, Confessions of an Heiress, published in 2004 at the height of her fame, was more tongue-in-cheek than revealing. Now 42, Hilton candidly reveals new details to let her fans know more about her life in the past and who she really is now. For example, she writes about her ADHD diagnosis and a date rape. She also tells readers that her teenage rebellion caused her parents to send her to correctional boarding schools, where she spent two horrific years enduring verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. Now a successful DJ, teen advocate, wife, and mother, she shares her story with the hope of helping others.
VERDICT Hilton’s fans and supporters, along with readers interested in pop culture and books by celebrities, might request this one.
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