But behind the glittering facade of Tatum's life lay heartbreak: abandonment, abuse, and neglect. Her alcoholic mother drifted in and out of her life. Her father grew increasingly punishing and distant, especially after moving in with his longtime love, Farrah Fawcett. By her late teens, Tatum had begun a perilous slide into self-destruction.
Then Tatum met the man who would become her husband: the explosive tennis great John McEnroe. They had three children in quick succession, followed by one of the messiest high-profile divorces on record. With the collapse of her marriage and no real family to turn to, Tatum succumbed to the demons of her past that would nearly kill her. Now she has emerged clean and sober, rediscovering herself as an actress, mother, and wonderfully vibrant woman in what she considers the prime of her life.
©2004 Tatum O'Neal; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"In this honest, disturbing memoir, O'Neal...reveals the behind-the-scenes story of her lonely, chaotic life." (Publishers Weekly)
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"started out strong, but ended weakly"
a little over half way through it turned into a typical "everyone is wrong" and "poor me." although i stayed with it, i found my interest waning and found myself yelling at specific comments made by Tatum. i am looking forward to reading McEnroe's book now to find out his side of the story.
the most interesting part of the book revolves around Paper Moon, and how she got there.
Tatum O'Neil's story is full of life changing events which makes it an amazing book about what it's like growing up in that environment.
listened to 80% of it in just one sitting, very compelling book, great bio and even greater reflection of the consequences of having children.
"Very easy to listen to"
A Paper Life is a fascinating story about Tatum's traumatic life. Tatum's stories are told from both memory and diary entries that paint a horrible picture of her parents and her ex-husband, John McEnroe. Since Tatum is a scorpio, I do sometimes wonder how much of her recollections are her creating drama where there is none like the scorpios I know are likely to do.
I do love Tatum's whisky voice and while sometimes it doesn't sound like a smooth read, it didn't detract from my enjoyment.
"Revealing, in many ways."
Yes, I would. I was attracted to her honesty, or at least what I perceive to be her honesty, her willingness to be real. I did not find her tone blaming, just truthful.
She paints a very clear picture of the genetics of addiction.
Her narration was very strange, as other readers have commented, but I got used to it. This in itself was revealing, I thought. It reveals the fact that these are not all Tatum's words; the book was cowritten. But it also reveals that Ms. O'Neal is not out to score points. I heard the little girl in her voice and it was earnest and endearing. I couldn't imagine anyone else narrating this book.
What happened next? But I suppose I have to read the next book!
It was a good listen. This girl's life was hard from the time she was three. You feel for her, trying to escape her "genetic" short comings. The abuse is shocking.
Tatum. Mostly from her child aged movies.
"Surprisingly poor performance. .."
Sadly,I think if the book was read by someone elso other than Tatum it would have held my interest. I feel her performance was choppyand disjointed.
There was a alot of bashing of her father and John McEnroe, but her story is sad and her own. The story itself was interesting, but the performance made it difficult to listen to.
"Interesting insight into Tatum O'Neal"
Yes this was the first audiobook I have ever bought. It was a great start. I was impressed that it was spoken by Tatum O'Neal herself. Sad story but great her story has been told.
I couldn't stop listening.
No but I will definitely be buying her other book.
Yes I felt sad for the O'Neal family that they were so dysfunctional.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be buying her other. Good luck to Tatum O'Neal
"Love the book....BUT"
No, although I loved the book.
Her story. That against all the odds she is still going strong and trying to love life and live clean. I admire her.
If it had been narrated by someone else.
Her perseverance throughout her life amazed me.
The book should not have been narrated by Tatum. It was very distracting the way she narrated. You could also tell she was reading it like a script. It would have been so much more enjoyable if narrated by someone else. I love Tatum and believe her story but she should stick to acting. Narrating a book and acting on screen are I believe two very different talents.
"Sad story, terrible narration."
Seemed like she hadn't rehearsed before doing the narration. She sounds like a student forced to stand up in class and read a text she's never seen before. Was she unable to hear how bad this sounds or does she not care? Why didn't someone say something to her during the recording process? I just can't imagine any engineer allowing this kind of thing if the narrator was a non-famous person and not the author.
It sounds like she keeps reading along, getting to the end of a line on the page, and thinking the sentence has ended, she's taking her breaths in the wrong places...it's shockingly bad for a professional actor to turn in something like this.
Not for the right reasons.
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