I didn't know much about Anjelica Huston before reading this book except for her being the daughter of her famous father and consort of her famous ex-I didn't know much about Anjelica Huston before reading this book except for her being the daughter of her famous father and consort of her famous ex-lover. I am still not sure if I really know her much better even now. Anjelica says a lot in this book but in the end does not really reveal much of herself. But that is not to say this book is not interesting and it is certainly good to read. She does give the reader glimpses of her vulnerable human side from time to time. I especially liked the parts where she is confronted with the loss of loved ones and her reaction to Jack's final betrayal of their relationship. Well done! I finished the book with a true appreciation of Anjelica Huston with a definite respect for her talent and accomplishments. I do look forward to reading her first book since many readers say it is the better one....more
A very interesting story of a co-dependent mother/daughter relationship. I found the book unusual in the sense that it is almost a exact replicate ofA very interesting story of a co-dependent mother/daughter relationship. I found the book unusual in the sense that it is almost a exact replicate of my own relationship with an alcoholic/abusive ex-husband. Who knew? I find it pretty astounding that I have so much common with someone like Brooke Shields. I am also the adult daughter of an alcoholic father. I certainly understand why Brooke suffered from post-partum depression and wonder if she doesn't struggle with depression at other times. This book is full of parallels to my own life history. A sometimes difficult but certainly worthwhile read. I do recommend this book....more
I enjoyed this second book by Diane Keaton. It didn't quite have the charm and depth as her first book but it was very entertaining. I think the fact I enjoyed this second book by Diane Keaton. It didn't quite have the charm and depth as her first book but it was very entertaining. I think the fact that she reads her own books with her own unique style and brand of personality makes you feel more intimate and closer to her. I listened to the audiobook. Diane goes into a lot of detail about her insecurities as an aging woman which most of us over the age of 50 probably can relate to. However, the fact that she is raising two teen-aged children puts her into a different category and I can only imagine the trials and triumphs of this. But she seems to handle it well. There is a bit more information about her friendships with Jack Nicholson and Woody Allen. Her devotion and somewhat questionable loyalty to these two famous men shine through. I was most impressed by her tributes to her father and mother. Her parting words to her parents at the end of the book were heartfelt and very endearing....more
This book will make you laugh and sometimes cringe as you relate to the author's experiences from the edge of 50. You feel as if Annabelle Gurwitch (tThis book will make you laugh and sometimes cringe as you relate to the author's experiences from the edge of 50. You feel as if Annabelle Gurwitch (totally appropriate last name), is sitting across from you at a cozy table for two so close and personal are her life stories. She leaves nothing out or to the imagination about being an older actress struggling for parts to dealing with her constantly embarrassed teen-aged son. By the way, I have to say poor planning on her part to have a child who reaches his teen years at the same time you are approaching the dreaded age of 50. That is really ramping up the stress level and requires patience you suddenly don't have as a menopausal female with declining hormones. I am glad I only have to deal with an equally annoying middle-aged husband who thinks he is still a teen-ager. But seriously this book will also make you appreciate this woman's strength and determination to remain a viable person in a world that does not look very kindly upon aging women. Annabelle Gurwitch is my hero! ...more
I do not have a drinking problem or other addictions except maybe for the printed word. But after reading Claudia's life stoVery inspirational memoir!
I do not have a drinking problem or other addictions except maybe for the printed word. But after reading Claudia's life story, I am really impressed that she survived and managed to find a cure for her alcoholism. I am familiar with Naltrexone as a low-dose treatment for autoimmune diseases but didn't realize the potential for the drug to help those with serious addictions. I encourage everyone to read this book in order to not only help themselves but to inform others about The Sinclair Method for treating addiction. This little known method of treatment could save lives.
However, I also highly recommend reading this book for the sheer entertainment value alone. Claudia's story has many twists and turns. Her experiences as an actress are plain fascinating. The other famous and not so famous people she meets are interesting to say the least. Never a dull moment....more
If you suffer from anxiety like the author, you will certainly appreciate this book. Being an anxiety sufferer myself, I could really relate to everytIf you suffer from anxiety like the author, you will certainly appreciate this book. Being an anxiety sufferer myself, I could really relate to everything Scott writes about. Well, almost... I have never had a fear of throwing-up although I have felt a lot of nausea and queasiness as a physical symptom of anxiety. The overriding impact of this book is that you realize you are not alone and that many others struggle just as much as you do in their daily life with anxiety in some form or another. I was also impressed with the wealth of detail Scott provides to the reader about his lifetime of anxiety and the history of anxiety treatments in general. This is a very honest and raw book about the effect of anxiety on one man and his efforts to conquer or at least cope with it. I think this book should be required reading for college students majoring in psychology. I don't think dry textbooks give enough insight to the awful problem of anxiety. ...more
Very good bio of Natalie Wood. After recently reading Lana Wood's book about her famous older sister, I was curious to know more about the lovely filmVery good bio of Natalie Wood. After recently reading Lana Wood's book about her famous older sister, I was curious to know more about the lovely film star. This book gives a detailed description of Natalie's childhood with her strange, overbearing stage mother and her inadequate, alcoholic father. It is quite obvious Natalie was denied a proper childhood since she was pushed into acting by her overbearing mother at a very young age. Natalie or (Natasha, her birth name), was a very bright and adorable child who quickly absorbed the lessons of being a movie star. However, the problem was that she was unable to shed the Natalie Wood persona and suffered in her adult life the constraints of not being her real self. The book goes in a lot of detail about her relationships and marriages. She married Robert Wagner twice, the first marriage ended due to Natalie catching Robert in a very compromising position with another man. Her second marriage to Richard Gregson also ended when she discovered he was having an affair with another woman. Natalie then remarries Robert Wagner and seemingly has a happy third marriage until her sudden death. But there is much mystery and speculation about the real nature of Natalie's death and this book does throw some light upon the sad circumstances surrounding the tragic event. After finishing the book I still have some questions and feel the real story has not yet been revealed. I was also surprised to learn Natalie had been raped by an unnamed very successful movie actor when she was just sixteen. The identity of this nameless person may come out in time and I hope to know the truth about this too. Overall, a book well worth reading if you are a Natalie Wood fan. ...more
Very good book about shyness! Mr. Conrad's theory of shyness is different from any other book I have read on the subject and I have read quite a few.Very good book about shyness! Mr. Conrad's theory of shyness is different from any other book I have read on the subject and I have read quite a few. He feels that shyness is a evolutionary defense mechanism left over from our hunter-gatherer past not compatible with today's modern socialized world. He sees shyness as part of a larger picture that includes social phobia, highly sensitive people, autism and Aspergers, mutism and Avoidant Personality. He suggests accepting your shyness as positive and not an abberation of nature as others more sociable label it. Lot of good advice to shy people struggling to live, love and work within the confines of an incompatible and stressful environment. The Shy Highway (www.shyhighway.com). ...more
I laughed a lot while reading, "Wow Your Mom Really is Crazy." This short ebook is humor-filled and oh so true about the trials and tribulations of haI laughed a lot while reading, "Wow Your Mom Really is Crazy." This short ebook is humor-filled and oh so true about the trials and tribulations of having an autoimmune thyroid disease. In Ms. Gray's case, she had a really bad case of Graves Disease where the thyroid is overactive which her doctors fixed to the point of her becoming hypothyroid where the thyroid is underactive. While it is certainly better to be hypothyroid than hyperthyroid. I agree with the author of this little book neither state of illness is desirable and can make life pretty miserable each in its own distinct way. But a dose of laughter is good medicine and this book is a prescription for that and much more. We need more books like this for thyroid sufferers. ...more
I was surprised to learn the true story of Jean Harlow's short and tragic life . I had seen the 1970's movie with Carol Baker portraiting Harlow, butI was surprised to learn the true story of Jean Harlow's short and tragic life . I had seen the 1970's movie with Carol Baker portraiting Harlow, but there were no specific details like in this book. While Jean Harlow was regarded in her day as the platinum blonde bombshell sex symbol, she was in reality nothing of the kind. Harlow was unfortunate enough to become the victim of several people in her personal life she was close to. These intimate relationships ultimately led to her untimely demise in a most sad and horrible way. The few people who impacted her life in a positive and caring manner could not save her even though they tried. I think most people who read this book will be saddened by this tragedy played out in the brief life of one of Hollywood's most famous film stars. ...more