- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US (15 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062066565
- ISBN-13: 978-0062066565
- ASIN: 0062066560
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
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In this powerful follow-up to her New York Times bestselling memoir, A Paper Life, Academy Award®-winning actress Tatum ONeal returns with an extraordinary chronicle of family, forgiveness, redemption, and commitmenta remarkable story told with honesty, humility, determination, and above all . . . love
The golden child of a glamorous Hollywood couple, Tatum ONeal had a childhood that looked, from the outside, to be fairy-tale perfect. The reality was far from perfect, and inA Paper Life, Tatum shared her poignant, painful experiences of growing up inand away froma dysfunctional show-business family. Now, inFound, she digs even deeper and explores the tough issues that resonate in most womens lives. It is a story of taking two steps forward and one step back, of learning to understand what forgiveness really meansphysically, emotionally, and spirituallyand how to live it every day. With candor and grace, Tatum chronicles the challenges and joys of being a single mother to three grown children, an ex-wife, a working actress, and a woman who has lived her life in the public eye for the better part of forty-five years. She speaks frankly about the persistence it took to beat her addictions to drugs and alcohol, and the hard work of staying clean and sober, including dealing with the deep emotional void that illicit substances falsely promise to fill.
Tatum details her ongoing efforts to negotiate friends, family, aging, money, love, loss, and Hollywood, while the specter of her past continues to lurk, a reminder of her battle and a testament to her will to survive. And she honors the people whose perseverance and courage in overcoming their own dark troubles have inspired her. Found is also a father-daughter love story: a portrait of a fragile, tentative reconciliation between a parent and a child who, as documented in the OWN television docuseriesThe ONeals: Ryan and Tatum, try to heal the hurt and pain of a lifetime.
Tatum ONeal has done the hard work necessary to get her life on track and come to terms with the person she is. Finally, she shares her whole story. Her moving and inspirational saga reminds us all that no matter what has happened in our own lives, we must keep moving forward to the light and the future, step by step, day by day. Only then may we find the true path home.
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Both books are well worth reading!
to remain clean ring true. Who would have thought that John McEnroe comes out the good guy - the responsible and
protective father? I'm glad the book doesn't end with a clear happy resolution as that would certainly seem false. Families
are complicated and messy and always evolving and this one is no different.
I also have had several close friends and loved ones swept up in substance abuse and have learned a lot about recovery from that. Over many years' time, in fact.
Tatum's first book was disappointing, if only because she wasn't ready to provide any kind of balanced view that was believable and would have garnered sympathy and respect from people have have lived life. Okay, no problem. The whiny title of that first work tells us what to expect, and that was her catharsis.
As far as this book goes, I did see the Tatum and Ryan series on OWN, and was thus surprised that this book was out there. Tatum briefly explains some of that at the end of the book. But this is really a bit sloppier than the first book, in that it seemed to hop all over the place and needed a little more work in construction. Not only that, it was a total rehash of the same stuff, just including a few updates and anecdotes.
I read mine on Kindle, and in that medium, there is a way to highlight passages for the Kindle "Universe". There was a part 80% of the way through the book that indicated that her AA sponsor recommended that the road to complete recovery would include to "Get Over it" and "Move on." That was highlighted by the maximum number of readers so I couldn't weigh in myself. Yes - the growing up part of her story is largely believable, but if everyone who had a lousy upbringing was a mess, the U.S. would just be a charred wasteland by now. And - come on - her story, in the big picture, doesn't stack up as one of the top tragedies of our times. I do concede that she needs to earn a living, and this is one of the tools to do it if you're famous.
But the contradiction in all this is that Tatum purports to want her career back. I might not be some show business insider, but it occurs to me that if you keep reminding everyone on earth that you are somehow "damaged goods", getting the right people to go to bat for you might be hard to do. Why not lay low on this subject, be "normal", stay in recovery, and then have the right people believe in you?
Is it just me or does it seem exploitive that 23 year-old Sean (who has never held a job) gets a craving out of nowhere to get to better know his lifetime-absent "grandpa" just about the same time he's bent on starting a film career? That grandpa is well-connected in the industry and lets Sean live in his Malibu beach house apparently rent-free while taking him to parties and places that no unemployed wannabe actor would ever have the opportunity for otherwise, seems the young slacker's motivation, not getting closer to granddad. When a rift occurs between the two, Sean leaves Ryan's home without a goodbye or word of thanks for the months of free room and board. So much for bonding with grandpa.
When I finished the book I just got the feeling that all of O'Neal's kids (especially the unbalanced Griffin) get quite a lot of mileage out of reminding Ryan what a terrible father he was, while using him to get jobs, or have places to live, or rescue them.
Can't wait for the inevitable future memoirs of Sean McEnroe and Redmond O'Neal.
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