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Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know Hardcover – July 21, 2009
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Since 1992, when Buttafuoco found herself at the center of a senseless tragedy, her last name has become an easy (and surprisingly long-lived) punchline. While most everyone knows the story of her ex-husband, Joey, his relationship with teenaged Amy Fisher, and Fisher's violent attack on Mary Jo, no one knows the former Mrs. Buttafuoco's side. In this revealing memoir, Buttafuoco examines the sociopathic manipulation perpetrated by her husband, how he kept her tied to him, and how she finally found the strength to leave. Readers looking for a scandalous rehashing of the Joey-Fisher affair will find surprisingly little (it is, after all, a well-covered 17-year-old story), but Buttafuoco bares her soul in a detailed account of her life, from the high school roots of her relationship with Joey to the healthy, rewarding relationship she currently enjoys. Buttafuoco's goal is to alert readers to the dangers of sociopathic personalities, as well as to inspire in them the strength to leave and the patience to heal (a mission only slightly undermined by her admission that she does keep in contact with Joey).
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About the Author
After a five-year courtship and a twenty-two-year marriage to Joey Buttafuoco, Mary Jo Buttafuoco now lives quietly in Ventura County, California, with her fiancé, Stu, and their "Brady Bunch" blended family. Visit the blog at http://maryjobuttafuoco.hcibooks.com
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Mary Jo Buttafuoco is to be commended for writing this book and for being so brutally frank and honest as to why she stayed in this marriage, it's effects on her children and her own shortcomings as well. Kudos also to her co-writer, Julia McCarron, who weaves cohesion to this tale and gives us an exacting timeframe of the events in the lives of the Buttafuoco family.
Any one of us, can be married to or have a partner who is a sociopath, and there is no cure except to run. Mary Jo does not ask for sympathy in this book, nor to drum up animosity for Joey or Amy; but rather, she chooses to relate a life story, with life lessons for us all. Please read this book, I highly recommend it, as it could happen to anybody - male or female.
Well, it's good to see that she was able to get on with her life, while Amy and Joey lost all semblance of respectability.