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Found: A Daughter's Journey Home

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From Academy Award-winning actress O'Neal comes a follow-up memoir to her "New York Times"-bestselling "Paper Life," in which she chronicles her battle to be completely sober, seek forgiveness from her children, and rebuild her relationship with her father, Ryan O'Neal, after nearly 25 years. In Found, the star of "Paper Moon," TV's "Rescue Me," and the OWN (Oprah Winfrey ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published (first published 2011)
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Shawna
Aug 15, 2011 Shawna rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Meh. More of the same things she said in her other book, and her other book was mentioned on almost every page.

I'm convinced she's a bit nutty after watching the show because she's such a nag. She harps on everything her father does, and they're both in therapy, so if they really want to make things work, she's got to back off a bit. She's never going to get all the apologies she seeks, so if she wants her relationship with Ryan to be smoother, she's got to let go of her bitterness about the pas
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Chris
Oct 19, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is 200 pages of Tatum whining about the estrangement of her and her father. She tends to call him Ryan in the book. She whines about her life, how she and her brother were left along with an alcoholic mother, and abandoned by her father, when he goes to live with Farrah Fawcett. She talks about the making of her reality show on OWN with her father, that most people did not see. She really needs to just "get over" her negative feelings towards her father, and forgive him, and get on wit ...more
Leanna Dinsmore
I wish I had read Paper Life first. I am currently mid-way through this book and while I find it very telling, I feel a personality is missing. There is a lot of whiney blame placed on her mother and more specifically on Ryan. I can understand that you had a bad to good and then bad again relationship with your parents but I honestly cannot stand it when people do not take responsibility for their own life. To blame your father for your heroin addiction is absurd. He didn't shoot you up, you did ...more
Debbie
Jun 26, 2013 Debbie rated it it was ok
I have followed Ms. O'Neal's career from the beginning and I enjoyed her first book, "A Paper Life". I also watched the Ryan and Tatum reality show on OWN, so I thought this book would be interesting. I was wrong.

Much of what she writes is a rehashing - with less detail - of what she wrote about in "A Paper Life". What stood out to me most, though, is her tendency to exaggerate and contradict herself, starting in the very first chapter. She talks about being arrested, describes what she was wear
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Mary
Aug 21, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
I've been intrigued with Tatum O'Neal for the past few years, not so much for her work as an actress (I've only seen her performance in Paper Moon for which she won an Academy Award at age 10). I'm fascinated with the drama of her personal life, particularly the dysfunctional relationship she has with her father, actor Ryan O'Neal. I read her first biography, "A Paper Life" several years ago and was so fascinated with her story I knew I wanted to read this newly-released biography sequel, which ...more
Belinda
Aug 30, 2012 Belinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
This book picks up where A Paper Life left off, telling the story of Tatum's life after the publication of the book, her docuseries with her father, Ryan and her attempts to reconcile with him. I just adore Tatum and always have--I wanted to be the little girl I thought she was in The Bad News Bears and Little Darlings--she was beautiful, spunky and wild. After reading her first autobiography I was set straight. I did not want to be that little girl. I don't think very many Hollywood kids have b ...more
Jeannie
Apr 27, 2012 Jeannie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Uggghhh, another example of someone writing a book for money. Which obviously she needs since when is the last time you saw her in a movie or in anything of note? I really enjoyed Tatums first book A Paper Life (and she should have stopped there but no....) so I was eager to read this one but she just took her first book and rehashed it. Read that, know that...her addiction, her father, her horrible childhood, her kids..on and on...didn't need another book to read it all again. I mean "Come on!" ...more
kathi
Jun 29, 2011 kathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very interesting to me as I can relate to parts of her story. The fact that she grew up and survived the horrendous parenting job her parents did is amazing. She was able to fight her addiction, marry and raise three fairly normal children and through 12-step and therapy begin to heal her life.

While Tatum never said anything pointedly derogatory about her parents she was able to paint a very clear picture of growing up with no adult supervision or guidance. The fact that CPS never g
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Tara D-K
Jun 14, 2011 Tara D-K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was SO into A Paper Life that I couldn't wait to read this. I didn't even finish it. It was boring and she's so obsessed with her dad. It's creepy. He was or is awful. It seems like he has NPD- Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Yet she's in her late 40's or 50 & she still obsesses about getting daddy to love her. Dude. Get into hardcore therapy, get over him and cut him loose from your head & heart and gain your sanity and self respect! Ugh. It's all just so tragic.
Annette
Aug 13, 2011 Annette rated it really liked it
I didn't really want to read Tatum's first book that detailed all of the tragedy of her young life. I know she had a very rough childhood and that she has struggled with addiction as an adult. I was more interested in her journey with addiction and reconciling with her famous father, Ryan O'Neal. I watched their docu-series on OWN and came to have a respect for Tatum's courage and strength. This book was a positive look at a daughter's journey home.
Lenore
Jul 08, 2011 Lenore rated it really liked it
This was a very sad tale, of the movie star life style at it's worse. Tatum, daughter of Ryan O'Neal was abandoned by her father, after he met Farrah Fawcett. She and her brother had to pretty much fend for themselves, before they were adults. After a disastrous marriage to John Macenroe, she found heroin, cocaine, and any other drug that would offer solace. The story details her fight for sobriety, and restarting her career. Definitely a cut above, the usual Hollywood memoir.
Jeanne Beaudet
Jul 14, 2015 Jeanne Beaudet rated it it was ok
No real story or depth. Just a rehash. Not worth the time.
LaurieH118
Apr 12, 2013 LaurieH118 rated it really liked it
I get the feeling that if Farrah Fawcett hadn't died, the tentative reconciliation between Tatum and Ryan never would have happened. Farrah passes away and Sean McEnroe decides he wants to get to know his grandfather, and Tatum reaches out to her father, and now Ryan is open and receptive. At least initially.

These are universal themes. Especially as our population ages and more of us find ourselves looking at imperfect parents that we love, and want to find peace and resolution when we still can
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Nada
She whined & whined & whined & WHINED the whole book. Also kept on promoting her first book A Paper Life on every page. ARGH.

She had a tough life that's I'm sure of but I couldn't help but feel she was a pain in the neck. She seemed to be obsessed with her father & was unable to look at herself in the mirror.

She insists on making him appear like a monster -and I'm pretty sure he was not the perfect dad- but I was shocked when she wrote at the very end of the book: "My dad, becau
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Wendy
Jul 24, 2011 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not as riveting and dark and revealing as her first book “A Paper Life”, but a much more positive journey to become the woman she is today and her journey back to having a relationship with her famous father, Ryan.

Being close to the same age, I watched Tatum grow up from afar. Enjoying her movies when I was young and still loving “Paper Moon” to this day, it’s easy to be interested in her life and her story.

I hate to use the word uneventful to describe this book, but it was, a bit. But
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Barb
Feb 12, 2012 Barb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
I am sure that this was cathartic for Tatum. I still wonder about her ability to forgive her mother so easily and have such a difficult time accepting her father. Turns out she has proven that the incident with the gun and her brother was not a crazy Ryan. She shares other stories that show, finally, the other side and it is not all a monster Ryan. Did he do the right thing when she was young? No. Can that ever be changed? No. I still get the feeling she justifies drug abuse for her and her moth ...more
Katie Aldana
Jan 05, 2013 Katie Aldana rated it it was ok
This book did not hold my interest as much as the first one did. The fact that this book covers 2-3 years of her life did not elicit enough material for the book. Her show on the O Network was discussed in depth and was dragged out too much. She also blames her father and criticizes him often. I do think Ryan O'Neal was a poor father (I think he has some mental/emotional problems too), but the bashing got old after a while. Kudos for Tatum for continuing to seek recovery and stay clean, though-- ...more
Susan
Jan 16, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little better than the first book, but still some odd ways of perceiving things. John McEnroe was not interested in Tatum's fame? Ummmm.. He didn't marry a cocktail waitress. John McEnroe comes across as a complete ass, quite frankly.

The most intriguing part of the story seems to be the absent voice: that of Tatum O'Neal's mother, Joanna Moore. Tatum rails on her father, but still hasn't seemed to have dealt with her mother's story. I end up reading this book and becoming more interested in Jo
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Jana
Aug 13, 2011 Jana rated it really liked it
Finished her book, it was interesting I enjoyed it. It was pretty much her journey with Ryan through therapy about her memories of childhood versus his memories of her childhood. We all have different realities and it was good to see maybe they can meet on commmon ground and move forward. It was nice to see her finally get to a hopeful sober point of view. It followed the reality series pretty closely. I love tv what can I say....
Meredith
Dec 22, 2011 Meredith rated it it was ok
This is the sequel to A Paper Life and it's just not all that interesting . Tatum repeats a lot of the stories from her first book; which I'm sure is to fill in readers who didn't read the first one.

I do find her and her story intersting, and I feel for her for what she's been through. It just seemed like this book was a lot more general. It seems like she doesn't want to disrupt the fragile peace she's working on with her father. I understand that, but not sure if we needed book #2.
Sue
Sep 09, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
I read Tatum's first book, which was more interesting. This one reads like she's talking to her therapist. I got the feeling it was a way of telling her side of the story, about the relationship with her dad, her brother, and ex-husband John McEnroe (the latter two were barely mentioned.) Would be interesting to see what their opinions are, of the book. I applaud that she owns up to being a recovering addict.
Swhe641200
Aug 02, 2011 Swhe641200 rated it liked it
8/2011 From Davis County Library. This was a lot easier to read than A Paper Life. She wrote this more as a more healthy prospect as a Mother which meant the world to her. Her children have turned out well, how her relationship with her father, she is seeing his side, his prospective of all the drama of her life. She is clean by the end of the book and it has a better out look on her life she is happy and you can feel it in her book.
Emily
Dec 22, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
Okay, I probably shouldn't have read a book so focused on "recovery" while doped up on Vicodin. But I have to say, it really was the perfect thing. I had a little mishap with my foot, which explains the painkillers. I watched their reality show, and found it engrossing -- even more than Celebrity Rehab.

Okay so she repeats herself, and its about 30 pages too long.

But it's fun, and great if you're mental capacity is not 100%. Sorry Tatum, I don't mean that as a slam against you.
Stacy
Oct 17, 2011 Stacy rated it it was ok
I like tatum Oneal. She is a very interesting person and I like to read about her success. This book, a follow up to her autobiography is okay. Its an easy read and takes off where she was arrested in 2008. It starts to detail her relationship with her father and her past...I wanted to hear more about her relationship but it ended a bit abruptly.
Rain
Sep 11, 2011 Rain rated it liked it
If you watched the OWN series about the O'Neals, this is a good companion piece. But I can't see it really standing on its own (no pun intended). A lot of what she covered in her first book is brought up here, and there's more resolution on the show itself than in this book. But, if you read the first book and saw the show, this is worth reading.
Peggy
Oct 26, 2014 Peggy rated it liked it
I don't know what possessed me to pick up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a tragic story of abandonment and addiction, so if you are looking for a light, fluffy read then this is not the book for you.
EMP
Jun 19, 2012 EMP rated it it was ok
She didn't have enough new to say to write another book. Should have waited a while. I want to shake her and tell her to give up on having a fulfilling relationship with her dad. He sounds like a jerk and completely self centered.
Carla
Apr 03, 2013 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read A Paper Life, but I did see her's and her Dad's show on OWN network. I thought the series very heartfelt, and this came out in her book as well. I will say however that there is nothing in the book that wasn't presented or stated in the show already. For this reason, I only gave it 3 stars. She's a determined lady, and had a pretty screwed up life during her formative years. She's been the round of "blaming" though, and seems able to own up to her own faults, and is trying to reco ...more
Bonni Sweet
Apr 15, 2016 Bonni Sweet rated it did not like it
I enjoyed her book "A Paper Life" but this book, not so much. A lot of whining and rehashing what she wrote about in her first book. It makes you wonder if she wrote the book only because maybe she needed some money and thought maybe a 2nd book might fulfill that. Although the deeper into the book I got the more bored I became I continued to read until I finished it hoping to come across something that maybe would perk it up. Nothing did. Luckily I only paid 3.00 for the book because it wasn't w ...more
Andrea
Dec 13, 2013 Andrea rated it it was ok
Compared to her book, "A Paper Life", Tatum O'Neal's description of her life as an adult was tedious and uninteresting. Apparently having appeared on a reality tv show with her father, Ryan O'Neal, Tatum described in detail her struggles with substance abuse, addiction, and a challenging family. I ended up skimming through the end of the book and its seemingly therapy-induced confessions.
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Tatum Beatrice O'Neal is an American actress best known for her film work as a child actress in the 1970s. She is the youngest to win a competitive Academy Award, at the age of 10.
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