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Fairy Tales Can Come True: How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny Hardcover – May 6, 2003
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In this solid memoir, Klieman, the tough, hardworking, fast-talking trial attorney and Court TV anchor, describes how she relentlessly prepared for high-profile cases, yet wasn't above wearing pretty dresses in court to soothe petulant judges. Inappropriately titled (there's little magic in Klieman's descriptions of 20-hour workdays and the chronic tension that found her routinely vomiting on Sunday nights before another week of work at the intense Boston law firm Choate, Hall), Klieman's tale isn't exactly one of a poor girl being rescued by a handsome prince. Klieman was smart enough to mix her own skills with savvy. She knew how to network, whether schmoozing with politicians or closing down the bars with fellow lawyers and cops after a day in court. Interestingly, Klieman trained as an actress before going into law, and her descriptions of the theatrics involved in trials (including her plea bargain for FBI fugitive Katherine Ann Power) are the book's strength. In 1999, Klieman married her third husband, Bill Bratton, who is now Los Angeles chief of police. The book ends as the East Coast-based Klieman follows Bratton west as he assumes his new post. "I was faced with... moving my life to another coast without a clue as to what I was going to do, with no security except the love of my husband," she writes. "How daring. What a trial. How very postfeminist." Not to worry. It appears the first thing she did is write an honest book that should appeal to women trying to have it all. Color photos not seen by PW.
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Top Customer Reviews
Minutes after her speech, I purchased her book. I couldn't put it down. Klieman's story is fascinating. She's truly the Miss Remarkable that her parents coined her, but the thing that makes her truly inspirational is her human quality. It may look like the has it all, and maybe she does, but her life has been a roller coaster that she's not afraid to share.
As a young woman in law school, Klieman's book really resonated with me. She wants her man, and her career, too. She works hard, yet doesn't stray from her morals. She is a great role model, and I look up to her immensely. I highly recommend her book to any woman, especially those hoping to enter the legal field. Sometimes I struggle with what the future holds. After reading Fairy Tales Can Come True, I feel better. I may never know what comes next, but if I work hard and am true to myself, my life can be a happy one. Thank you to Rikki Klieman for helping me realize this.
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She has been an inspiration to me -- and I am grateful that I had the opportunity of interviewing her on my radio program: Joy on Paper.
Written in crisp and elegant prose, this is a great read for anyone who wants to move forward or who is starting out or who wants to change. I always liked Rikki Klieman on CourtTV, but now that I know the complete woman, I have even more respect for her and her journey.
You can call her a slut, or a liberated woman (that's the way it was in the 70s according to her). You can call her driven, or you can call her obsessed to a fault. You can say she is focused, or you can say that she ignores what fails to progress her theme-she is a good lawyer after all.
She writes that she never wanted to be placed ahead because she was a woman. But in one part of the book she calls a judge who also happened to be her ex (they dated while she was CLERKING!!)so that he could get her an interview with someone she otherwise would have had to wait months to see. This is just one example of many sordid situations. She is appalled when she is passed up for a judgeship because, according to her, she was too pretty. Yet there is clear evidence that she uses her looks just as much as she uses her brains. She also seems to think she is a super good-looking lady. She mentions it so, so, so many times it starts to get ridiculous!!! (is it just me, or is she not really that hot?)
In the book she was an alcoholic, a workaholic, vomited involuntarily on a weekly basis, was someone who couldn't carry on a relationship, never had kids, and basically admits to cheating on her husband (and wonders why he didn't want to have anything to do with the book). She had no life outside of the law. The best years of her life went to her clients. I thought the point was work to live, not live to work. She does the latter, incessantly. If she were a man, her life wouldn't be that remarkable. She had a part to play in every major obstacle she faced in life-she did it to herself. So many people throughout the book helped her that it's hard to believe she is self-made in the true sense. But the biggest gripe is the fact that she did not find happiness until AFTER she stopped practicing law. Her life during her years of practice totally sucked-I'm not sure what message that is supposed to send. If this is how you want to get to the top, be my guest.