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The Other Woman: My Years With O.J. Simpson Hardcover – September, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316651133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316651134
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's a new O.J. angle: former girlfriend Barbieri talks about her relationship with Simpson, sharing her conviction that he was the wrong man for her.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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File this one in the ever-burgeoning folder of Women Who Love Too Much. -- Entertainment Weekly

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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1997
Format: Hardcover
In portraying herself to be the victim of numerous betrayals by O.J Simpson, rather than evoke sympathy and understanding from her readers, the author merely succeeds in proving herself to be weak, materialistic, and as morally bereft as her lover. Given the amount of money made from the sale of this book, it is impossible to conjure up any sympathy for how this relationship "cost her everything." Because of her willing involvement in the events following the murders, I found her many references to faith, spirituality, and strong religious beliefs to be hollow and meaningless. Fortunately, her readers will not be as blind or easily misled as the jurors who acquitted O.J.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kirie Pedersen on May 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazingly poorly written; Ms. Barbieri should have pursued her original plans to attend law school. Her writing perpetuates the myth that models and actresses are extremely self-centered. Never once does she mention any sorrow or remorse that a woman and man were murdered. Her pity is all for herself and how she "gave herself up" to falsely defend her lover and, in effect, to commit "perjury by silence and presence." Although it's true that nobody asked her if she'd left a "Dear OJ" e-mail on Simpson's voice mail just before she flew off to meet another man, she knew that this was crucial evidence. She also explains why she lied under oath about whether or not O.J. had ever been violent with her; she had "amnesia." What the book does provide--and that's why I read it--is a glance into the ultimate in dependency. I've always wondered why horrible killers, such as Ted Bundy, manage to attract women even after the world is pretty aware of what they've done. Paula Barbieri's book illustrates the strange magnetism that sociopaths can have when they find the right victim(s).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Berry on October 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when it first came out and read it. Then I read it again recently and got a lot more out of it. It is well written despite some of the comments here. However, she did break up with O.J. the day that the murders were committed. And then flew to Vegas to be with Michael Bolton. The next day Paula found out about the murders and went back to L.A. to be with O.J. BIG MISTAKE! She should have said I broke up with you already and I cannot stand by you. End of story. But no. She lied on the stand and went to the jail to see O.J. all the time with periods of going back to Panama City. She lost work, lost her apartment and lost her ability to make a living all because she stood by O.J. She had to have known he was guilty. No one else had a motive to kill Nicole and poor Ron Goldman was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She went on and on and on about her religious beliefs and most of that could have been left out. What I got out of this book is how manipulative O.J. was, and is to this day I am sure, and I think a narcissistic sociopath. Any man that beats up a woman is a sick person. My opinion is that you can love a person, but walk away when you know that loving them is bad for you. Paula should have walked away from the beginning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is Paula Barbieri's autobiography, including her side of the O.J. Simpson saga. And although it gives the reader a great deal of "the other woman's" insight into the mind and character of O.J. -- his treachery, lies, two-timing, cheating and temper tantrums -- that eventually wrecked their relationship, it also is an honest account of what happened to her during, and in the aftermath of, the "trial of the century."

The short version of her story is that it wrecked her career, her life, and her self-confidence and drove her into the hands of Jesus. The longer version begins with her executing a carefully pre-planned breakup with O.J. -- choosing as an alternative what could have been the beginning of a new relationship in Las Vegas with the famous singer, Michael Bolton. Her first rendezvous with Bolton just coincidentally occurred on the same night that O.J. killed Nicole and Ron Goldman.

Driven back to LA in part by guilt (she had wished that her competition Nicole, dead), Paula's mother instinct also kicked in and she went back to comfort O.J. in his time of need. Her own mother counseled desperately against her going back -- fearing that somehow O.J. would maneuver the saga ending into a double suicide involving her daughter and himself. But Paula ignored her mother's advice and went back to be at O.J. side anyway. This turned out to have been a big mistake, not so much because of the threat of a double suicide, but because instead of getting away from O.J. and starting a fresh more stable love life with someone else, she ended up falling in love with O.J. all over again.

However, by the time the trial ended and O.J. was acquitted of double murder, Paula was again "in too deep" to extricate herself from O.J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oneinamillion on December 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book on a shelf at Goodwill last month. I followed the O.J. trial like everyone else, but I had no recollection of Paula Barbieri. For that reason, I read the book. I thought it was honestly written. I liked the insight she gave into the lives of the rich and famous. Even tho I believe OJ to be guilty of these crimes, I can understand how she had to believe in his innocence to keep her sanity. It floors me to no end that she allowed this relationship to ruin her career, her health, her finances, and she details all of that in the book. It's sad that so many people sold her out, including some of her own family members; everyone looking to make a quick buck. Paula presents her perspective and her story in this tragic saga and she has every right to do so. It would be interesting to hear how the years have shaped her opinions about OJ, the murders and the trial. That said, I sincerely hope that she is doing well these days and wish her all the best.
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