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The Other Woman: My Years With O.J. Simpson Hardcover – September, 1997

2.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Here's a new O.J. angle: former girlfriend Barbieri talks about her relationship with Simpson, sharing her conviction that he was the wrong man for her.
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File this one in the ever-burgeoning folder of Women Who Love Too Much. -- Entertainment Weekly
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316651133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316651134
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is Paula Barbieri's autobiography, including her side of the O.J. Simpson saga. And although it gives the reader a great deal of "the other woman's" insight into the mind and character of O.J. -- his treachery, lies, two-timing, cheating and temper tantrums -- that eventually wrecked their relationship, it also is an honest account of what happened to her during, and in the aftermath of, the "trial of the century."

The short version of her story is that it wrecked her career, her life, and her self-confidence and drove her into the hands of Jesus. The longer version begins with her executing a carefully pre-planned breakup with O.J. -- choosing as an alternative what could have been the beginning of a new relationship in Las Vegas with the famous singer, Michael Bolton. Her first rendezvous with Bolton just coincidentally occurred on the same night that O.J. killed Nicole and Ron Goldman.

Driven back to LA in part by guilt (she had wished that her competition Nicole, dead), Paula's mother instinct also kicked in and she went back to comfort O.J. in his time of need. Her own mother counseled desperately against her going back -- fearing that somehow O.J. would maneuver the saga ending into a double suicide involving her daughter and himself. But Paula ignored her mother's advice and went back to be at O.J. side anyway. This turned out to have been a big mistake, not so much because of the threat of a double suicide, but because instead of getting away from O.J. and starting a fresh more stable love life with someone else, she ended up falling in love with O.J. all over again.

However, by the time the trial ended and O.J. was acquitted of double murder, Paula was again "in too deep" to extricate herself from O.J.
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I bought this book when it first came out and read it. Then I read it again recently and got a lot more out of it. It is well written despite some of the comments here. However, she did break up with O.J. the day that the murders were committed. And then flew to Vegas to be with Michael Bolton. The next day Paula found out about the murders and went back to L.A. to be with O.J. BIG MISTAKE! She should have said I broke up with you already and I cannot stand by you. End of story. But no. She lied on the stand and went to the jail to see O.J. all the time with periods of going back to Panama City. She lost work, lost her apartment and lost her ability to make a living all because she stood by O.J. She had to have known he was guilty. No one else had a motive to kill Nicole and poor Ron Goldman was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She went on and on and on about her religious beliefs and most of that could have been left out. What I got out of this book is how manipulative O.J. was, and is to this day I am sure, and I think a narcissistic sociopath. Any man that beats up a woman is a sick person. My opinion is that you can love a person, but walk away when you know that loving them is bad for you. Paula should have walked away from the beginning.
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Reliving the time of Nicole and Ron's horrific murders, was a bit uncomfortable, as it seemed like it happened yesterday. The author, Ms. Barbieri, was not credible quite often, and in my opinion, very naive, to the point where I felt anger at her while reliving this crime. It certainly showed another slant on OJ's character.
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This book is amazingly poorly written; Ms. Barbieri should have pursued her original plans to attend law school. Her writing perpetuates the myth that models and actresses are extremely self-centered. Never once does she mention any sorrow or remorse that a woman and man were murdered. Her pity is all for herself and how she "gave herself up" to falsely defend her lover and, in effect, to commit "perjury by silence and presence." Although it's true that nobody asked her if she'd left a "Dear OJ" e-mail on Simpson's voice mail just before she flew off to meet another man, she knew that this was crucial evidence. She also explains why she lied under oath about whether or not O.J. had ever been violent with her; she had "amnesia." What the book does provide--and that's why I read it--is a glance into the ultimate in dependency. I've always wondered why horrible killers, such as Ted Bundy, manage to attract women even after the world is pretty aware of what they've done. Paula Barbieri's book illustrates the strange magnetism that sociopaths can have when they find the right victim(s).
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This is an excellent book, im rereading it now..... Its amazing how one-sided certain situations seem and are presented...but when you take a closer look you see just how something like this affects and changes the lives of so many. This was an amazing book, I never knew, and can only say wow, what an amazing person.
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It was an ok read, Paula seems to think too much of herself, on the other hand she appears as a weak person to have turned her life over to O.J. , doing his bidding and unable to turn away from him regardless of how he acted or did. Totally smitten and weak. If O.J. said jump, she would ask how high. Totally under his control.
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