And All the Queen's Men (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/7/23
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AND ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN is a frank, poignant reading experience, an ambitious memoir that explores the psychological profile of a woman throughout her life with husbands, boyfriends and acquaintances. It is a story of promiscuity and forgiveness, of the secrets she keeps and the situations in which she finds herself over the course of five decades. Sessa speaks to the hearts and lives of women of all ages in conflict with a controlling father. She puts a face to women in relationships that have become scarred by sexual domination or verbal abuse or to those smothered by a soundless partner who refuses to communicate, all of which she has experienced and chosen to share in her debut book. For this author, there has always been the muddling chasm between anticipation and reality in all of her relationships. She falls in love serially with the prospect of a man rather than with the man himself, holding on for long stretches of time waiting for these men to fulfill her expectations. However, each liaison is more complicated than the one that came before. As the author writes, every step forward begins with a foot firmly planted in the past. She returns to her roots to investigate what went so terribly wrong.
This memoir is Sessa's debut book, although she has written several teleplays and screenplays. Her most recent career was as owner of a design/interior architecture firm, DesignWorks. In the 70's and 80's, she was recognized as the first woman to own her own international TV production company, D. Productions, Inc. with offices in LA, NYC and Chicago. Sessa is an alumnus of UCLA, on the boards of Cedars-Sinai, City of Hope and the Library Foundation of LA. She lives with her husband in LA
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To her credit, the author writes unflinchingly of experimenting with drugs, her own sexual awakening and, movingly, about caring for a friend dying of AIDS. In some ways And All the Queen’s Men is a companion piece to the late Paul Monette’s excellent Becoming a Man, but seasoned with a savory dash of Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying. I imagine that most women and a good number of men who came of age during the '60s and '70s will find Engelson Sessa's story not only riveting but completely relatable. It's well worth reading.
book is a real page turner. Her incredible interesting life's journey had me laughing out loud,
even chuckle from time to time. I have to admit more than once I shed a tear. I had goose bumps
on many occasions.
To me that's a sign of a great book. Dale's book moved me. Most importantly
it gives you hope that as humans we can overcome any obstacles the universe puts in front of us.
After all it all comes down to love. We must learn how to love and be kind to ourselves before we
can love others fully. And.....we are never to old to fall in love. A beautifully written book for any gender.
Told with a directness and candor that's sometimes jarring, the author's tumultuous life journey has been laid bare. There are tempestuous marriages, sultry love affairs, successful businesses, and heart aching losses all rolled into one fascinating life.
There's not a woman reading 'And All the Queen's Men; A Memoir', who will not see herself buried somewhere in these exquisitely written chapters. This is a book you will want to read many times over. I loved it.
survey of a life that seems to have been lived without conscience or empathy.