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At age 10, O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in Paper Moon. In this honest, disturbing memoir, O'Neal, now 41, reveals the behind-the-scenes story of her lonely, chaotic life—one dominated by struggles with drugs and damaging relationships. O'Neal portrays her divorced parents (actors Joanna Moore and Ryan O'Neal) as neglectful and abusive, with drug problems of their own. Though O'Neal appeared in such kid-fodder movies as The Bad News Bears and Little Darlings, she says that during the '70s and early '80s she battled depression and attempted suicide. "I found that coke made me feel so much better," she recounts in the straightforward though unoriginal language that characterizes the narrative. Much of the book's second half covers her fraught marriage to volatile tennis champ John McEnroe; these passages alternate between recollections of the pleasure of being in love and having children and the pain of living with McEnroe, whom she depicts as controlling and demeaning. Ten years and three children later, O'Neal and McEnroe divorced. She resumed using drugs, fought child custody battles and watched her mother die of cancer. Although O'Neal speeds through the details, she addresses her addictions: "I wanted to take my own life but... instead... I started doing drugs 24/7. I couldn't stop." She also zips through her recovery, abruptly claiming "rebirth" in the final chapter. Writing this memoir seems to have been cathartic for O'Neal. Perhaps reading it will provide inspiration to other abuse victims and addicts.
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“A Paper Life, her slash-and-burn family album about…oh, go read it. You know you want to.” (Janet Maslin, New York Times)
“I know memoirs are always described as ‘explosive,’ but this one really is.” (Liz Smith)
“In her red-hot tome, O’Neal dishes on the...Hollywood of the 1970s - in all its raunchiness.” (Daily News)
“If an Academy Award were handed out for the most scorching family drama, it could certainly go to Tatum O’Neal...” (USA Today)
“In her bombshell autobiography...Tatum O’Neal...names names...while telling, for the first time, an eye-popping story...” (People)
“Forget ‘Mommie Dearest;’...it looks as if Tatum O’Neal’s A PAPER LIFE...might be the new classic. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
“In this honest, disturbing memoir, O’Neal...reveals the behind-the-scenes story of her lonely, chaotic life... (Publishers Weekly)
This is a brilliant book by a child prodigy. So what does happen to child prodigies when they grew up? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr. Smoker
Good gravy, what a life! These people are nuts! Her parents make Joan Crawford look like a saint!Published 7 months ago by Taylor Hastings
Wow! Hard to even imagine the abuse and neglect this girl/woman endured - but yes I do believe her. I was madly in love with Ryan O'Neal as a kid. Madly!! So disappointing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mela
TATUM TELLS HER SHOCKING STORY HERE. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL AND VERY TALENTED, LIKE HER FAMOUS PARENTS. GREAT BOOK!Published 10 months ago by Griselda
I JUST LOVED BOTH OF HER BOOKS AND THIS ONE AS WELL. MY ERA AND SHE IS TRULY A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN INSIDE/OUT AND HOPE SHE DOES WELL IN LIFE:)GREAT BIOGRAPHY.Published 11 months ago by Pugzpugzpugz
I just purchased "Paper Life, and "Found". Also, I bought "Farah & Me" wriiten by Ryan. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TERESA
Tatum has written such an open and familiar account of what it's like to grow up in a dysfunctional family. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Linda Paige
A beautiful, talented woman, Tatum was on a roller coaster from the day she was born, through no fault of her own.... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Montana