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Talk Softly: A Memoir Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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O'Neal is active in the New York City group "Friends In Deed", which she began in the early 1990's with close friend, Mike Nichols. The group's aim is to provide support to those diagnosed with AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. O'Neal writes about the sessions she leads to help the sick and the bereaved and how she, along with others, have helped ease the dying out of this world. There's not much - if any - "religion" in what the group does, but O'Neal and the others do the work most of us cannot bear to do. She writes lovingly of the many young men and women she helped council and comfort through their diseases.
Alongside her work at "Friends In Deed", she also was the wife of a prominent actor and the mother of two sons, as well as the part-owner of a restaurant, "The Ginger Man", located near Lincoln Center. Long a fixture in the neighborhood, the restaurant is now called "O'Neals". She also had her hands full at home; husband Patrick was an alcoholic and drug addict who lived "dry" for long periods of his life, but had relapses that were difficult for the entire family to cope with. The O'Neals lived in many apartments in New York during their long marriage, but perhaps the most notable residence was the Dakota. They were living there when John Lennon was assassinated in 1980 and she writes movingly about the aftermath of the shooting.
Cynthia O'Neal has not had an easy life, but it seems to have been highly interesting.Read more ›
I cannot imagine how somebody wouldn't receive some benefit from reading Talk Softly, by Cynthia O'Neal.
This is a small book for your day at the beach this summer.
I can't say enough about Cy, about Friends In Deed, and about the book. Just read it and give copies to friends. I have learned more about love, kindness and strength in the few years I've been coming to FID (and to the Mastery) than I learned in my whole life.
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Cathartic having lived through these experiences with my soul brother and friends. Many tears were shed in a cleansing way with painful but also tender memories full of love. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Louise
This book seems self serving, by only telling half the story - that which she wanted to remember, but there is more and I am sure it is interesting.Published on January 28, 2014 by Kate Mulligan
What a pleasure it is to be in Cynthia O'Neal's company. She is an inspiration and reading her book is a beautiful experience.Published on June 7, 2010 by David Jay