Paris: The Memoir

Paris: The Memoir

by Paris Hilton

Narrated by Paris Hilton

Unabridged — 8 hours, 22 minutes

Paris: The Memoir

Paris: The Memoir

by Paris Hilton

Narrated by Paris Hilton

Unabridged — 8 hours, 22 minutes

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Paris was the It Girl of the early aughts, her every move dissected and documented on the internet and social media. Now, Paris offers an unflinching and intimate memoir that reveals what it was really like to be in the middle of a changing cultural landscape, beloved and reviled at the same time.

***An Instant New York Times Bestseller***

From the woman who is credited for launching what we know as the celebrity focused, “brand” driven, social media obsessed popular culture of today, comes an honest and surprising memoir that reckons with that truth, and shows that there is so much more to Paris Hilton than you might believe. This extended edition includes a bonus chapter detailing her motherhood journey.

I was born in New York City on February 17, 1981, three days after Valentine's Day.

From the time I was a toddler, my brain skipped and flickered with the chemical imbalance of ADHD. Sometimes it was too much.

I'm not bragging or complaining about it, just telling you: This is my brain. It has a lot to do with how this whole book thing is going to play out, because I love run-on sentences-and dashes. And sentence fragments. I'm probably going to jump around a lot while I tell the story.

I came of age during the most turbulent pop culture period ever.

The character I played-part Lucy, part Marilyn-was my steel-plated armor.

People loved her. Or they loved to hate her, which was just as marketable. I leaned into that character, my ticket to financial freedom and a safe place to hide. I made sure I never had a quiet moment to figure out who I was without her. I was afraid of that moment because I didn't know what I'd find.

I wrote this book in an effort to understand my place in a watershed moment: the technology renaissance, the age of influencers. I also wrote this book so that the world could know who I am today. I focused on key aspects of my life that led to what I am most proud of--how my power was taken away from me and how I took it back, how I built a thriving business, a marriage and a family.

There are so many young women who need to hear this story. I don't want them to learn from my mistakes; I want them to stop hating themselves for their own mistakes. I want them to laugh and cry and embrace every aspect of who they are with fearlessness and pride. We all have our own brand of intelligence, and, girl, fuck fitting in.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

03/06/2023

In this revealing memoir, Hilton (Confessions of an Heiress) pulls double duty, doling out obligatory TMZ bait while also opening up about the abuse she endured in what she dubs the “troubled-teen industry.” Detailing her horrific treatment—including cavity searches and staff-sanctioned sleep deprivation—at so-called “emotional growth boarding schools,” which targeted distraught parents in the aughts, the billionaire heiress pulls back the curtain on a little-discussed source of psychic damage for so-called “wayward teens.” On a lighter note, she provides running wardrobe commentary: “This dress is going to end up in a museum someday,” Hilton muses about the Julien Macdonald silver chain-mail dress she famously donned for her 21st birthday. Dishier topics include Hilton’s complicated relationship with her mother, lifelong friendship with Nicole Richie, and marriage to Carter Reum. She also dives into her ADHD diagnosis, which she deems a “superpower” she’s wielded to her advantage, though stories of managing the disorder with the help of organizational staff may fail to connect with less privileged readers challenged by the diagnosis. Even so, those unimpressed by the author’s occasional solipsism are likely to appreciate her advocacy for survivors of cultish care centers. Affecting and triumphant, this is a must-read for Little Hiltons. Agent: Albert Lee, United Talent Agency. (Mar.)

From the Publisher

"One of the world's most recognizable personalities delivers a memoir with surprising depth and purpose... The most impressive thing about this memoir is the gracious and compassionate eye with which Hilton views her past. Unlike many other similar stories, there is no tone of self-pity or martyrdom. Delivering a masterclass in owning your own story, Hilton shows how to live with purpose, compassion, and beauty."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Hilton's memoir is perfectly poised as society starts to reflect on how we treated young women in the early 2000s. An unputdownable reckoning for anyone who lived through that time."
Booklist (starred review)

"Revealing. . . Affecting and triumphant, this is a must-read."
Publishers Weekly

Barnes&Noble.com

Paris was the It Girl of the early aughts, her every move dissected and documented on the internet and social media. Now, Paris offers an unflinching and intimate memoir that reveals what it was really like to be in the middle of a changing cultural landscape, beloved and reviled at the same time.”

Library Journal

03/03/2023

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.—Rosellen "Rosy" Brewer

Kirkus Reviews

★ 2023-01-27
One of the world’s most recognizable personalities delivers a memoir with surprising depth and purpose.

In her debut book, Hilton, with the assistance of a ghostwriter, presents a tender and triumphant account of her life so far. The author is furiously candid about multiple instances of sexual abuse she suffered as an adolescent. Like many survivors, she took refuge in her menagerie of pets. Had things gone differently, she might have been able to finish school and become the veterinarian she dreamed of becoming. However, because her parents thought she was partying too much in high school, they sent her to multiple facilities for so-called “troubled teens,” brutal institutions where occupants were subject to cavity searches, beatings, and solitary confinement. Reading like a prison-break movie, the text chronicles multiple escape attempts, each ending in failure. Breaking up the heartbreak are the author’s asides about her ADHD. Though she still suffers from PTSD, the author has become an advocate for shutting down facilities like the ones in which she suffered. She also points out that society is beginning to acknowledge the media’s relentlessly exploitative treatment of famous teenagers, especially young women. Hilton cites examples of her own as well as those of longtime friend Britney Spears. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this memoir is the gracious and compassionate eye with which Hilton views her past. Unlike many other similar stories, there is no tone of self-pity or martyrdom. Hilton has always been acutely aware of the agreement between celebrities and their fans, between the photographed and the photographers. She signed up to play the fame game and is determined to win, an attitude reflected in this inspiring and empowering book. Like the author, it is far more than its glossy exterior.

Delivering a master class in owning your story, Hilton shows how to live with purpose, compassion, and beauty.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940174897694
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 03/14/2023
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 277,655
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