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Thing of Beauty Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1994
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I bought the book because of that memory, to see if I couldn't learn something about the woman beyond the image on the glossy cover of the magazine and I found myself mourning for a girl who was lost and had no chance of finding her way out the darkness she was mired in.
The book introduces you to Gia's mother, father, her siblings,and the people she loved most in her life. It was amazing to me that someone so gifted at birth with beauty saw nothing beautiful in herself and spent her life trying to escape the world she created around herself. I got a sense that her mother never realized the damage she did to her daughter by abandoning her children to her ex-husband and she would never accept the responsibility for the pain she inflicted on her daughter. She manipulated her daughter whenever she could. She wanted to live through Gia and in doing so she sucked the joy from her daughter's life.
Having lived the life of an manipulated, stifled child, I could clearly see where the darkness began to seal around Gia. I think that she would have been able to traverse the pitfalls alot better if she had had a friend or two who had wanted only her best interests to be served and not grab a piece of Gia for themselves.
She was a fractured young woman in need of stability and it was only offered to her in segments and at a very high cost. The people around her only brokered the bits and pieces they knew about her.Read more ›
Given the wide range of choices in characterizing Gia's personality, Mr. Fried could easily have written her off as a hopeless, nut-case, junkie who just happened to be beautiful ... or as an impertinent teenager who never grew up ... or even as an overnight sensation who couldn't handle fame. He didn't. Instead of clinging to demeaning stereotypes, the author brings the reader closer to Gia through countless hours of interviews with friends, family, fellow artists and noteworthy modeling industry personnel. Along with the excellent documentation of Gia's life, how the modeling business took shape during the time when her life was unfolding adds a fantastic complement to this tragic story. For each marker that Mr. Fried plants during Gia's story, I couldn't help but think back to what I was doing at exactly those times from the mid-70's to Gia's death in 1986.
Some say Gia would have self-destructed no matter what; others say that a BS job in a superficial industry wore her down. Far be it for me to judge, but you don't have to be a fashion/model fanatic to enjoy this book. It's simply a fascinating, moving biography.
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Had a hard time finishing. A lot of repeat, and never really got a feel for who Giants was.Published 2 months ago by Nancy wisemove
Wonderfully written biography about supermodel Gia Carangi. It's a lot more detailed than the movie made about her. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brendan Goad
I'm short and fat but feel beautiful and comfortable in my skin. It always amazes me when beautiful, extraordinary women have so little self esteem. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ALMRX1995
love the book, my second copy as the first one got left in the rain by the pool and I've read it through the years a few times. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michigan Girl
came very fast, great book! This company is very honest. I love it!Published 8 months ago by skylar t.
Just got this. Love the movie based on her life story GIA played by Angelina JoliePublished 8 months ago by Armando Covarrubias