Mary Jo Buttafuoco attempts to answer the question on millions of minds: What took her so long to leave Joey? She answers it. Kind of. Still not sureMary Jo Buttafuoco attempts to answer the question on millions of minds: What took her so long to leave Joey? She answers it. Kind of. Still not sure what took her soooo long and why she believed all the shit Joey shoveled for so many years. But Mary Jo has come a long way. She's finally gotten on with her life. Her story is fascinating; I could not put this book down.
I've read many reviews of this book. Not everyone is convinced Joey is a sociopath. From what Mary Jo says, I believe he is. A sociopath can waltz right in, destroy your life, and not give a fuck. My life was almost destroyed by one. I knew her only a couple of years and she wasn't a significant other. That Mary Jo put up with this for 30 years from her husband is staggering. At the very least, if not a sociopath, Joey is toxic. And what should we do with toxic people? Get them the hell out of our lives.
While I wouldn't go so far as to say this book is uplifting, it does give one hope. It's a story of a woman who was plucked out of her idyllic life and thrown into years of pain, anger, and a media shitstorm. ...more
I get just as much a kick out of reading other reviews of this book as I did reading it. Most people don’t believe Dustin Diamond’s exploits, foul mou I get just as much a kick out of reading other reviews of this book as I did reading it. Most people don’t believe Dustin Diamond’s exploits, foul mouth, big dong, strong dislike for his fellow SBTB cast mates, copious use of the word “douchebag”, the fact that he picked up chicks at Disneyland, or the fact that he banged 2,000 women. I have no problem believing any of this. I find Dustin obnoxious, yes, but I also find him refreshingly real. He is one bitter dude. I can feel it jump off the page like so many teen girls off his fingers at Disneyland. This is hilarious stuff. From the aimless ranting, topic switching, disorganized randomness to the horrific editing and many, many typos and typesetting problems to the fact that this is SCREECH we’re talking about!
Dustin spends most of the book condemning the actions of others while defending his own. It’s like he really doesn’t see that he was just as bad as he’s claiming Mark-Paul, Mario, and Tiffani Amber were. Even the few people Dustin claims to like (rather, not totally hate) he throws under the bus. There’s an odd section of the book where Dustin names other celebrities and talks about their level of douchiness. Kevin from The Wonder Years = douche. Gary Coleman = bitter (no duh). Neil Patrick Harris = gay (again, no duh). It’s such a random part of the book and has no reason being there; it’s just filler between calling Mario and Mark-Paul douchebags and calling Tiffani a whore. He also glosses over things you want to hear more about yet spends chapters and chapters on how many women he slept with and how he got high. I enjoyed hearing about the inner workings of making a TV show and wish he spent more time on that and less on trashing people which he honestly could have condensed into one or two chapters.
You know, I like Dustin’s sense of humor. His sense of entitlement… now that’s not for us to judge. It sounds like he has the right to be a little angry and it’s no wonder he carries animosity to this day. You don’t have to like SBTB to find this hilarious. That is if you enjoy train wrecks and aren’t easily offended by naughty words. This guys sounds like a trip. ...more
Many people will read Gut Feelings hoping to gain some insight into weight loss surgery and they will receive exactly that, but they should be aware tMany people will read Gut Feelings hoping to gain some insight into weight loss surgery and they will receive exactly that, but they should be aware this is an autobiography more than an informative tome on gastric bypass. This is the story of Carnie Wilson’s journey: from fat acceptance advocate to the poster child for weight loss surgery; from daughter of a famous person to becoming famous for her own talents; from an insecure, troubled childhood to a more well-adjusted but still insecure adulthood.
As a woman who has been at the same weight as Carnie at her heaviest, I can certainly relate to a lot of what she has to say. But her life experience is as different as can be from my own. I cannot imagine being in the spotlight and having my weight on public display. It’s bad enough being discriminated against for your weight and I can’t imagine the added burden of constant public ridicule and I admire Carnie’s strength in getting through it. Where she stood up to people like Howard Stern, I would have broken down in tears. I hear Carnie’s bitterness, though, seeping through the pages. She seems to be a kind, loving soul but the repetitive language and constant complaining speaks volumes. Not that I blame her, mind you, but it’s obvious she carries a lot of pain.
Reading about Carnie’s life was fascinating and I like her honest and informal way of writing. I learned a lot about weight loss surgery and Carnie did lose a lot of weight (although, years after the book was written, she did gain a potion of it back) and looks so happy in all the pictures. I’m not convinced, however, that weight loss surgery is the way to go. In the end, you still have to maintain your weight like everyone else, through diet and exercise. ...more
Kevin Weeks’s account of his years spent as Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger’s right-hand man is the most fascinating kind of True Crime. It makes sense that theKevin Weeks’s account of his years spent as Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger’s right-hand man is the most fascinating kind of True Crime. It makes sense that these guys eluded the law for so long. His story rings of truth and although you know you can’t trust a criminal 100% you eagerly gulp every inch of crap he shovels. The writing is sprinkled with colloquialisms; this is a dude from Southie just shootin’ the shit. There’s also a disturbing detachment and blatant unapologetic tone. This is a guy who at a book signing said he would have gone back to being a criminal once he was out of prison, if it weren't for the book. ''Now I can't. Everybody knows my face." Yeah, he’s not sorry and it amazes me how little time he actually spent in jail. Makes me wonder who the real brain is; one is doing life, the other is on the lam (honestly, I think he’s dead but that’s just me…). Kevin is free and living in Massachusetts.
Kevin was basically Bulger’s muscle. His main job was to intimidate and beat the crap out of people. He freely admits to crimes such as extortion but places himself as merely a witness in multiple murders. He was in the other room, he dug a hole, he got the body bag. He never admits to doing the deed. Yet there is one part where he describes enthusiastically volunteering to kill someone, on his own too, but that murder ended up not taking place. It’s moments like this when I was questioning just how true of an account I was reading. So, he volunteered for a murder that never happened, but with all the ones that did occur, he was simply a witness? Hmmm…
I’m not fully buying Kevin’s claim that he was shocked that Whitey and Flemmi were FBI informants. Did he really think that an FBI agent was freely passing on information and not getting anything in return? Plus with all the time Whitey and Flemmi spent without Kevin, vacationing together and such, wouldn’t it be safe to assume they had something to hide? I can’t imagine that with his self-proclaimed genius IQ, Kevin really had no idea they were rats. Overall, a fascinating tale of Kevin’s life from his childhood up until his decision to cooperate with the authorities against Jimmy Bulger and Stevie Flemmi. (Hey, you can’t rat on a rat, right?) ...more
Cynthia is an old-school class act. She hasn’t written an ex-husband bashing tell-all, although she’d be perfectly justified in doing so. With warmthCynthia is an old-school class act. She hasn’t written an ex-husband bashing tell-all, although she’d be perfectly justified in doing so. With warmth and honesty she revisits her relationship with John Lennon from their pre-Beatle whirlwind romance through their marriage and divorce, until his death in 1980. It was no surprise to me to read about John’s dark side. I’ve been a Beatle fan for many years. John is my favorite Beatle and after years of reading anything about the Beatles I could get my hands on, I long ago became disillusioned with my hero-worshiping of John- he was far from perfect. John was emotionally flawed at the best of times; a cruel, hurtful bastard at his worst. Cynthia’s book is insightful and even the most ardent Lennon fan will find something new here. This woman must be unusually observational or she kept extensive diaries because the detail found here is amazing, from what outfit she wore on a date with John 50 years ago to snarky remarks from Mimi. It’s absolutely fascinating. Her writing style is of the unpolished sort but the stories she has to tell make up for that fact. Cynthia put up with a lot being John’s wife and she still does to this day. I don’t know how she did it. Even more shocking is how she has kept her side of the story secret for so long. Her forgiving nature and habit of letting John get away with all that he did is infuriating but you feel such sympathy for her and Julian. Hers is the voice of a dear friend. Even though I already knew the story of her walking in on John and Yoko, to hear it from her voice it was like I just walked in and found Yoko sitting on my floor wearing my bathrobe. I was one of the few Beatles fans that liked Yoko Ono; after all, John loved her so she couldn’t be that bad, I thought. After reading this my opinion has totally changed. ...more
Only for the hard core Larry Bird, Celtics, and/or sports fan. Has some biographical information on Larry Bird but mostly covers his domination of theOnly for the hard core Larry Bird, Celtics, and/or sports fan. Has some biographical information on Larry Bird but mostly covers his domination of the basketball world in the mid 80s. Has a lot of numbers and statistics that most younger readers probably wouldn't care about. We all know that the only number worth mentioning is the number Bird wore while on the Celtics, #33. Took me back to my pre-teen Celtics fan days. I'm so happy I had the opportunity to see Bird play at the old Boston Garden-- those were the days....more
Chewing Gum in Holy water is a fascinating coming-of-age story that is laced with humorous, heart-warming life lessons of an adventurous boy growing uChewing Gum in Holy water is a fascinating coming-of-age story that is laced with humorous, heart-warming life lessons of an adventurous boy growing up Catholic in post WWII Italy. His struggling mother sends four year old Mario to live with his uncle, a traveling priest, and his spinster aunt. The book covers Mario's life from 4 years old until his teen years. Each chapter is a scene from his life; the tales center around Mario's experiences with religion and his wild times with friends. From switching toys during Epiphany to hiding cigarettes and gum behind church statues and touching a bull for love; Mario's childhood was certainly unique. Every few years he moved to a new village and had to make new friends. Along the way his life was shaped by an elderly painter, the bickering Friar and Jesuit, the priest-eating Communist, two very different girls, equally adventurous friends and his beloved uncle. I would love it if a movie was made based on this book, it's a really sweet story....more