This book is awesome!! Got me hooked on historical biographies and wanting to get my hands on anything about the Romanovs. Lush descriptions, richly detailed. I could go on but I won't. This is a must read.
This is one of my all time favorite books! I have read it many times. Nancy Spungen was a profoundly disturbed child who got NO help at all from the medical community. I'm not sure if was the times (she was born in 1958) or what but my heart abolutely breaks for this family and what they endured with her. As a child she tried to stab a sitter with scissors and attacked her mother with a hammer. Doctor's response? Just a phase, normal, etc. Absolutely NUTS!! Many years later Mrs. Spungen saw a doctors report that mentioned the possiblity of schizophrenia but this same doctor did not share his thoughts with the Spungens and in fact quit seeing her after that. Once again, not sure if it was the times but it appeared that doctors just kept passing her off to be rid of her as they really didn't know what was wrong or what to do with her. She was born cyanotic (cord wrapped around her neck)and try as she might, Mrs. Spungen could not get any doctor to consider that maybe this had something to do with her problems. Evidently now days doctors do think there is a connection between traumatic births and emotional problems in children and parents get the support and follow up needed. To late for Nancy as she was stabbed to death by Sid Vicious of Sex Pistols fame at the age of 20. Absolutley tragic.
I LOVED this book. It made me want to pack my bags and book a flight to Bhutan. And I am not a world traveler. I like all the comforts of home, running water, electricity, etc. But her writing made me want to experience a third world country. I will be keeping this book and rereading.
OMG. I could not put this book down. I read it in one day. I'm sorry, but I just can not believe the gullibility of some people. I feel truly sorry for this woman and what she went through but the red flags were all but slapping her in the face! I just don't understand it. This book is fascinating though.
This is the book that got me hooked on true crime. Carlton Stowers is a master story teller and I will read anything he writes. This true story is about a random, savage killing of three teen-agers in a park in Waco, TX.
I was surprised to find myself really liking this book. The computer detail was a little over my head and I thought the bad guy was pretty obvious from the start. Still suspenseful and there was a slight twist I didn't see coming at the end.
This was an excellent book. Barbara Bentley was married to a con man for 10 years. He ruined her credit, forged her names on legal documents, impersonated a naval officer and much more. I had a hard time believing what she put up with but I understand that her husband was the type that knew how to prey on her weakness and she was just completely conned by him. When he eventually tried to kill her for financial gain, she realized what was going on. He was prosecuted and convicted of attempted murder. He served only 14 months in jail. She was than victimized again when she filed for divorce. Since they lived in California he was entitled to half of everything she owned. Didn't matter he had tried to kill her!!! She than single handedly had a bill passed so that if a spouse was convicted of trying to kill the other one, they could not gain anything in the divorce. A remarkable woman.