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By Christina McDowell

ISBN-10: 1476785422

ISBN-13: 9781476785424

Within the culture of latest York instances bestsellers What is still by way of Carole Radziwill and Oh the honor of all of it via Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowell’s unflinching memoir is a brutally sincere, cautionary story approximately one family’s destruction within the wake of the Wall road implosion.
Christina McDowell used to be born Christina Prousalis. She needed to switch her identify to be legally extricated from the path of chaos her father, Tom Prousalis, left within the wake of his arrest and next imprisonment as one of many in charge gamers sucked into the collateral fallout of Jordan Belfort (the “Wolf of Wall Street”). Christina worshipped her father and the doubtless ideal existence they lived…a existence she reveals out used to be equipped on lies. Christina’s kinfolk, as is usually the case, had no proposal what was once occurring. Nineteen-year-old Christina drove her father to penitentiary whereas her mom dissolved in denial.

Since then, Christina’s existence has been decimated. As her family members floundered in rehab, melancholy, homelessness, and loss, Christina succumbed to the grip of alcohol, medications, and promiscuity earlier than discovering catharsis within the very unlikely of areas. From the bucolic affluence of suburban Washington, DC, to the A-list golf equipment and seedy underbelly of l. a., this provocative memoir unflinchingly describes the cruel realities of a fall from grace. filled with nineties nostalgia and entry to the internal circles of the Washingtonian societal elite, Christina McDowell’s appealing memoir is a Blue Jasmine tale from a daughter’s standpoint.

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We sat there enjoying the harmonies and Frankie’s amazingly high voice until the kids who were out with us, sitting in the backseat, interrupted our good time. ” one of them said. ” My buddy Ciccone was one of those guys who really did not take shit, at any time, from anybody. ” There was no way we were going to let anyone talk shit. The others could have gotten out and walked for all we cared. Those two didn’t know what they were missing: The Four T O O FAT T O F I S H 9 � Crawl Like a Man Seasons easily had thirty or forty Top Ten hit records.

And to them, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were the coolest group in the world. To this day, my mother still doesn’t like any of the boomer rock associated with her generation, aside from the Beatles, of course, which transcends all. She loves Chuck Berry, all things Motown, Bobby Darin, and all of the great fifties crooners. My father loved the same stuff, though for a brief period of time he grew his hair kind of long and listened to The Doors. I remember him singing “Roadhouse Blues” and “Light My Fire” really loud in the truck on his way to work.

It’s hard for me to see myself 16 � Artie Lange Crawl Like a Man as just a cute little kid, unaffected by life, without a care in the world. I had no idea then what I would later do to myself and my body as an adult. When Jersey Boys opened in 2005, it became an instant success, taking in something like 400 grand in ticket sales in just one day. It’s still packing houses on Broadway, and it’s gone on to be a huge national touring production as well. As soon as I heard about it, I immediately got tickets to take my mother to see it for her birthday.

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