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The End of Innocence: A Memoir Hardcover – June 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Advocate Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555836208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555836207
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

If Bono's story doesn't end up as a Lifetime TV movie, it will at least merit an episode of E! Hollywood True Story. The lesbian daughter of Sonny and Cher follows up her excellent coming out guide, Family Outing (1998), with a slim, honest memoir covering her turbulent life in the years between 1988 and '93. Bono and her girlfriend, Rachel, formed a band, hoping that performing together would revitalize their waning relationship but things didn't work out that way. The Star tabloid outed Bono shortly after she and Rachel signed a record deal with Geffen Records. The two novices stayed closeted while they tried to record a CD and deal with Rachel's alcoholism and the fact that Bono had fallen in love with Joan, a beautiful, 40-something friend of the family who had just been diagnosed with cancer. Bono's fear of confrontation drags out the misery for this love triangle (and the reader) during the book's middle section, which sometimes plays like an overwrought episode of MTV's Real World. Oddly, the recording-studio scenes lack passion, and with no discussion of lyrics or orchestrations, Bono seems like an outsider in her own musical group; it's hard for the reader to feel much empathy when their single tanks. The last half of the book, when Bono commits to Joan just as her health begins to deteriorate, packs an emotional punch with brutally frank depictions of loving and living with a person with a terminal illness. Bono spares no one, including herself, with a wrenching and exhausting finish.
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From Booklist

This is no Mommie Dearest. It's not even a biography ofChastity Bono, daughter of Sonny and Cher. Rather, this is a memoir ofthe time Chastity spent with her lover Joan Stephens, a friend ofCher's, someone Chastity had been attracted to since she was13. Chastity, in her early twenties, and Joan got together after Joanwas diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As the duo got closer, theillness progressed, until Joan died after a long, painful battle withcancer. Unlike's Drescher's Cancer Shmancer (see below), there'sno upbeat tone here. Bono's chronicle of Stephens' illness is detailedand depressing. The uberstory, Bono's coming-of-age saga, alsoencompasses her coming out, career problems, and other relationships,but the focus is on what it's like to be a caregiver to a dying lovedone. Bono (and writer Kort) offer a vivid piece although readers maywonder how she kicks the prescription drug habit she acquired duringStephens' illness. Chastity will be on the talk-show circuit, so maybethat question will be answered there. Ilene Cooper
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Duke Marine on August 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
I think the only thing that could ruin this book is wrong expectations. I came into it thinking "Ooh a book by Cher's daughter! Cher is God so I should read it!" and when I found out it was about her lover Joan's battle with cancer I was like, "Aw, sad! This is gonna be depressing!"
neither expectation proved true!
By the end of the book I not only did I have a deep respect for Chastity Bono as her own person, not just Cher's daughter, but I was deeply inspired by the story and life of Joan! The book is really a very inspiring tale of love and life and everday, universal struggles (despite the fact its mainly about fame, the music industry, battles with cancer, and the struggles of lesbians). Its really a very triumphant book whose only fault is the fact that it was written by someone so young so the ending comes all too soon. I hope for a sequel!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
No better way to find out who Chastity Bono is than to read her story in her own words, written in her own way. It's not sugar coated and painted as a pretty picture. It doesn't focus on her Mother, and her life wasn't a fairy tail sort of life. Hers was a life full of struggles. A major one her relationship with Joan. Anyone else ever take care of someone with a terminal ilness? All when she was very young. The cancer patient gets the Morphine to dull their pain, and the shot to help them sleep, but their friend in the cot next to them gets nothing to dull their pain and fears, and nothing to help them through their many sleepless nights. At home, they give the shots and clean the bed sheets. The sad part is many do not get so much as a thank you, and the patient gets the flowers. That is not meant to take away from the patients suffering. But, what her book brings out is the fact that many times the care takers and loved ones are suffering because it is a hard and emotionally draining job, and for them there is no relief.

How else to give you a sense of who she was, other than to tell exactly what she was going through and how she felt, and ultimatly how she dealt with it all. It is not a feel good book. It's just an honest story and a quick read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The End Of Innocence is the personal memoir of Chastity Bono, the daughter of the famous entertainment celebrities Cher and Sonny Bono. With the literary assistance of Journalist Michele Kort, Chastity Bono recounts her lesbian love and partnership with Joan Stephens, as well as the horror of watching the woman she loved succumb to non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The End Of Innocence is strongly recommended reading as deeply personal autobiography of great love, loss, grief, courage, and the will to live one's own life on one's own terms.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is moving, honest, and real. I was suprised at how candid Chastity Bono was about her affair with Joan, who was 20-some-odd years her senior, and how she dealt with her lover's cancer diagnosis and eventual death. The book is filled with information about her "dyke dramas," as she calls them, and about the roller-coaster relationship she had with one of her female bandmates. Chastity Bono comes off as smart, funny, and warm in this heartwarming memoir that will leave you wanting more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allison L. Sledge on July 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Chastity Bono reveals and describes a love story that is so beautiful, we can only wish we had such a love like that in our own lives. For those of us who have had that deep and profound love, her book is a reminder of those beautiful, intimate times. With raw honesty and eloquent expression, Chastity shows her readers her true inner nature - that of a selfless woman who honors her lover unconditionally and totally. I was very moved by her book "The End of Innocence" and highly recommend it to all those who want to see what inner beauty truly means...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Lovell on November 18, 2011
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What a wonderful book. It was so straight forward with the sharing of time in her young life. Parts were funny and others tearful. She certainly is a strong person, very talented and very mature. This is a must read for all.
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