- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Citadel; 1st edition (May 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806527544
- ISBN-13: 978-0806527543
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heartbreaker: A Memoir of Judy Garland Hardcover – April 25, 2006
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I bought it again for the CD, of course (and read it yet again). Sure, it's not a studio recording but I didn't expect a clear recording and it is better quality than I expected. I found myself smiling broadly after listening to 'I'd like to hate myself in the morning' (I love the way she "corrects" the line 'somehow that something' to 'that somehow something'!). She also talks a little and it's always a pleasure. Made me rush back to the recordings of the Jack Paar interviews.
It's a happy recording and as always it's good to hear her. It's rare to get new stuff and just for that it would be worth 5 stars. But it is more than that, she sounds good. Thank you Mr Meyer - but why did you wait so long!
I believe that through all of Judy's laughter and humor there was a lot of constant emotional pain and disappointment. But she kept on and kept on and kept on as best she could. And John Meyer knew all this all too well. Although he enjoyed her company most of the time he was under a lot of frustration dealing with Judy. Can you imagine! Judy living in his house with his parents and Judy not knowing how to act in someone else's home. Because she had no place of her OWN.Read more ›
But what people must realize and take into account is that this was not Judy Garland. This was a monster created by addiction. And it's easy as an outsider to say that John Meyer was an enabler, but addiction was not yet fully understood in 1968. They didn't have TV shows like "Intervention," and it was still almost 15 years until the Betty Ford Center would be established. Even with these resources, there are still so many addicts and sad cases like this, because dealing with an addict is not easy, especially when you care for them so much. John Meyer seemed to be receiving "push-back" from everyone from the start of their relationship, so he was feeling defeated before it the going even got tough.
Overall, I could not put this book down, and would recommend it to anyone who can deal with a description of Judy Garland that is not all Dorothy in "Wizard of Oz." I thought that Meyer's quotes of Judy were DEAD ON & I could practically hear her speaking the words. His pauses and emphasis were all perfectly placed, and I especially loved how he expressed the Boston & Irish accents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read so many books on Judy, that I could actually write one myself. I can't seem to get enough of her.She was phenomanal. and was extremely talented with an ascerbic wit. Read morePublished 14 months ago by sandra baird
I haven't finished reading the book yet but so far I find it to be compelling reading and full of great information about Judy Garland and the author, the excellent songwriter John... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Notes 88
All went fine. Very pleased with this purchase. Seller is recommened.Published 18 months ago by Terry
This book gave me the creeps from chapter one. It's one thing to share too much information. After all, that's why we read these books. Read morePublished 18 months ago by literarycat
Honestly written, John Meyer gives us his experiences and perspective of the late great Judy Garland.Published 20 months ago by ThreeGentsand4Ladies
The author should leave some things unsaid. There's so little discretion left in the world. People, like the author, who have talent and skills, should also strive to develop some... Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by bd