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Barbara's Side of the Story
on July 25, 2011
I love this type of "dish-the-dirt" book. Neither I nor anyone I know will ever live this kind of life, but I find it fascinating. This certainly is a name-dropping, party-going, jewelry-buying extravaganza. I found it really interesting, and a perfect summer read.
Now, as to Barbara... At times, I found her lack of self-awareness totally hysterical. She goes back to her hometown and revels in how far she's come, as if she actually did anything but "marry up". Well, I guess that's an accomplishment of sorts. "Gold-digger"? I suppose. That isn't always an easy lifestyle though, especially with someone like the volatile Sinatra. We all make choices in life. Barbara made hers.
When I first heard about this book, I was sure Barbara would give Hell to Tina and Nancy Sinatra, for all they've said about her. They aren't mentioned. It looks like she wants to get her side out there, and on the record, before she joins Frank. This she has done. And let's face it, she married Frank when he was 60. He wasn't dumb. He knew what she was, but at that stage of the game, she gave him the companionship and stability he was looking for. Her timing was impeccable. The animosity between the Sinatra girls and Barbara may also have to do with some deeper issues, like the daughters' reverence of their mother, Nancy Sr. and, let's be honest here, money. Their slice of the pie was smaller, thanks to the piece Frank cut for Barbara. Think that doesn't play into it? Puh-leeze!
All in all, I enjoyed this book. Take it for what it is: Lady Blue Eyes telling her story "her way".