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The Other Woman: My Years With O.J. Simpson Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316651133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316651134
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,232 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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19 of 25 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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. V. Sanchez on September 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, im rereading it now..... Its amazing how one-sided certain situations seem and are presented...but when you take a closer look you see just how something like this affects and changes the lives of so many. This was an amazing book, I never knew, and can only say wow, what an amazing person.
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11 of 16 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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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A reader on August 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
THE OTHER WOMAN is an important contribution to all of the O.J. Simpson books...I would rank it right up there with Raging Heart and Faye Resnick's book as far as revealing what was going on BEHIND the scenes.
I am so thankful to Paula for writing this book. It helped me understand so much, not only about O.J. and why he may have committed the murders, but also about a woman's heart, and how important the little choices are that we make in life...Paula doesn't hide the mistakes she has made in her life on her journey toward self-awareness...
I do wish that Paula would have been MORE specific about the "Dear John" phone message she left O.J. on the night of the murders...Did she mention Nicole's name in the message? Why was Paula feeling so guilty, then?
Also, Paula relates an interesting recurring dream, and it makes me wonder if she actually felt guilty for "provoking" O.J.'s rage, and therefore felt that she was responsible for "CAUSING" O.J. TO LOSE HIS BELOVED NICOLE...
Paula is a wonderful and spiritual lady, and I hope she finds the happiness she deserves in life.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Barbieri unfortunately tells us almost nothing that was not already known about Simpson or the murders. In fact, her comments are mostly pop psychology, vapid, nonsense: for example, she is the sort of woman who sees philosophical wisdom in the lyrics of Michael Bolton songs. She is the sort who recommends Biblical morality while going against it. It's too bad. There's no real discussion as to why she can't say whether or not Simpson killed two people. Sure, he lied to the author of this book repeatedly and was angry if she challenged him. Sure, he became almost violent with her--of course, she wasn't married to him yet. But the writer (assuming she wrote a single word of it) just can't make up her mind. Instead she favors us with blather. Stick with modeling, Miss Barbieri. It's apparently your only talent
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