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The Best of Friends: Martha and Me

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Well Written Enjoyable Read

I loved this book and found this an enjoyable read. This well written lyrical memoir is about the friendship between two unlikely women. Through travel adventures, dinner parties and weekend antiquing, the author offers a look into the lives of the rich and famous. This...
I loved this book and found this an enjoyable read. This well written lyrical memoir is about the friendship between two unlikely women. Through travel adventures, dinner parties and weekend antiquing, the author offers a look into the lives of the rich and famous. This delightful read is loaded with entertaining adventures and private details of a two decade friendship. I would recommend this lively autobiography for anyone who is interested in the Martha Stewart mystique.

posted by 3290424 on April 1, 2010

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Shallow and poorly written. I'm inspired to write my first review, to warn others not to waste their time and money.

As many others have commented, this book is disorganized, repetitive, and BORING. The author's narcissism painfully permeates every page--a mix of grandiosity and entitlement that quickly renders her unlikeable. Wanting to persuade us that she's special, she clutters th...
As many others have commented, this book is disorganized, repetitive, and BORING. The author's narcissism painfully permeates every page--a mix of grandiosity and entitlement that quickly renders her unlikeable. Wanting to persuade us that she's special, she clutters the book with pseudo-intellectual commentary that will absolutely put you to sleep. As other readers have commented, Ms. Pasternak comes across as spoiled, parasitic, and spiteful, with a "whiny pretentiousness (that) just takes the cake." She seems to be obsessed with a need to ruin Martha Stewart's reputation but tries to disguise her vendetta with occasional "faint praise" that rings hollow. At the same time, she actually wants us to perceive her as a humble, loving, and loyal friend who unselfishly sacrificed more than she gained. Not believable. By the end, I questioned most of her perceptions. This is not an insightful book about M. Stewart or female friendships; there's nothing to learn from its 398 pages.
I expected the book to leave me with some empathy for Ms. Pasternak. Instead, I wholeheartedly regret that I've contributed to her royalties. Wish I could take it back.

posted by aConsideredOpinion on April 18, 2010

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