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Heartbreaker: A Memoir of Judy Garland

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Citadel (first published 1983)
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Fallon Burner
If you're not willing to challenge yourself over your angelic conception of this mammoth idol figure, then don't read it. Judy Garland is one of my biggest idols, and I'll admit I was uncomfortable at times reading this book. But I think it's okay to see idols as regular humans, making mistakes and living in positive and negative notes. No one is a flat hero or a flat villain. We are all 3-Dimensional. I did think the book was an interesting read, and it really zooms in on those last months of h ...more
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Aug 30, 2008 Graceann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Memoir Fans, garland fans
Shelves: memoir
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He was a nobody playing in piano bars in New York, and she was already a Legend, nearing the end of her life. They spent two months together fussing and fighting, and here's his book about it. I'm glad I read it, but the grain of salt I kept by the bedside table was huge.
I am under no illusions that this is actually a good book--the phonetic mimicry of Judy's speech patterns border on unreadable, there's really no narrative tension and even less emotional insight, and the central relationship is actually obscured by the level of detail with which it is chronicled--but, darn if I didn't really like it. It was actually hard to put down. Though I doubt it would be enjoyable to anyone who isn't already interested in Judy Garland.
Apr 25, 2010 Christopher rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Garland Fans
Shelves: biography, memoir, theatre
Since I met John a couple of weeks ago, I thought I should read his book. Wow. That was some wild ride he had with Garland. I don't know how he did it...
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