Advertisement However, there are problems. She is also the author of numerous non-fiction books, including How to be a Party Girl, The Intruders, Whispers from God: A Life Beyond Imaginings, and Oh the Hell of it All. Reading about Pat's divorce and dealings with Al and Dede left me feeling disgusted. A fixture of the San Francisco social scene, Montandon made her mark as a newspaper columnist and local television host, and as wife of butter magnate Al Wilsey. Photo Pat Montandon modeling a suit dress for I.
When I got to the end, rather than face the searing disappointment that there was no more book left to be read, I immediately turned back to Page 1 and started all over again. But I like my truths with more sentences that sing. My mother was the tough-as-nails disciplinarian who showed very little to no emotion. Then, less than a decade later, Wilsey announced he was divorcing her, and Sean abandoned her as well—both for the affections of her once-close friend, Dede Traina. I desperately wanted to see Montandon as the kooky character I assumed she was: glamorous, cocky, a little bit messed up, but otherwise doing just fine. We had only one cherished family possession, a Steinway piano. That's not a good idea mom, he told her.
In her new book, Peeing on Hot Coals, Montandon takes readers back to her beginnings in Texas and Oklahoma. Before her divorce, she had been a newspaper columnist and television talk-show host; after her divorce, she led children around the world on peace missions, trying to get big-eyed kids to convince world leaders to give up the nuclear arms race. Montandon writes that when she found out she had been nominated for the Peace Prize, she put off a face-lift. Some one gave me the book, saying she couldn't think of anyone else who would want to read it. It's a real story not to be missed, especially if you like to keep up with the 'super rich'.
I love how she talked to her son at one point, saying that she loved him but that she couldn't handle the push-pull anymore, being honest to herself and to him. I love that this book shows that. I hope the publication of her upcoming book will bring more readers to this book. The women in the socialite circle I was in freaked out. Some parts were so difficult to read. Immortalized as a character in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, she lived a seemingly perfect life in a penthouse above the San Francisco Bay, complete with her marriage to multimillionaire Al Wilsey and the birth of her son, Sean.
They seemed to have it all. Going back in time was wonderful and scary at the same time. She also had a wonderful way of weaving her meditations I am not sure why, but I really enjoyed this book! I save the highest rating, 5 stars, for books that are also elegantly written. One of my sisters got so offended that she demanded a retraction. From Berlin to Beslan, she made it her life's mission to give a voice to the world's children and spread a message of hope in times of crisis. From her lavish parties to her legendary Roundtable lunches, Montandon was always the talk of the town.
Eventually, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. This book shows that the Angel on Earth is actually the same person as the Most Evil Devil. Anyway, I started reading with no prior knowledge of the people or events in the memoir. The exterior appearance is rarely the same as the interior reality. But I was fair and showcased all their faults with virtues—especially my own.
The other was my toddler sister, who died 11 months before I was born. Wikimedia Commons has media related to. Thrust into the media spotlight with her son Sean Wilsey's searing portrayal of her in his New York Times bestseller Oh the Glory of It All, the former queen of San Francisco society shares her own candid take on the fascinating events of her life. Her almost ex-husband lies to her, cheats her, and even once told her he was responsible for an attack on his second wife after she divorced him. That is the truth at the center of the book, that in every heart, even in a saint's heart, lurks a cold, hardhearted, mean-spirited doppelganger. Married three times, including a short-lived marriage to flamboyant attorney , she married butter baron Al Wilsey in 1969.
Even if embellished, what she has done with her life is beyond amazing. I identify with him a lot. What a brave lady this authoress is! I read this book 3 year ago. Pat did go through hell, and she fought for her life. Another point this memoir makes -- you never know what goes on behind locked doors.