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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    The work of a man who is looking to heal...

    I chose to read Della: A Memoir of My Daughter after seeing Chuck Barris interviewed on the Today Show. My father LOVED the Gong Show, I remember watching it as a kid, and I too have a son who is battling drug/alcohol issues. I found this book interesting and enlightening, it clearly showed the choices Mr. Barris made in parenting his daughter and his remorse for not doing things differently. I hope Mr. Barris found some healing in writing this a parent it is incredibly challenging to watch your child battle this disease. I believe Mr. Barris did what he felt was right at the time and I am certain his daughter loved him and would be proud of the fact that he is trying, through this work, to help other parents in a similar situation. I would recommend it to other parents whose children have addiction issues.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010


    Aside from self-aggrandizement and egomania, this poorly written account of his daughter's demise contains little else. The "author" refers to this as a "memoir" when in fact it is testament to his disdain and vindictiveness for anyone or anything that differs from his twisted world view. Much of this - let's call it what it truly is - novella - is pure fabrication and serves as rationalization for Charles Barris's self-absorbed behavior that might have contributed to his daughter's demise. Slogging through this drivel, one is hard-pressed to find any heart or soul. Perhaps because the "author" has none to draw from. I strongly suggest before wasting precious time, money and energy in purchasing this treatise on how not to be a decent human being, I would recommend donating to an AIDS charity. Further lining the pockets of this has-been wannabe writer would, in my opinion, be a crime. Shame on you, Simon and Shuster, for giving this a public forum.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

    Never Say Never....

    I read with interest one of the reviews about Mr. Barris just "padding his pockets" with sales of this book. Perception of the wealthy is that they have no problems or worries because they have money. Actually, the ratio of money to worry is proportional and has nothing to do with raising a child.
    Many before have stated that children do not come with a owner's manual. Everyone has not been equipped with the ability to deal with emotional issues that arise after life events, such as Mr. Barris' divorce from Della's mom. I can personally relate to losing a child to drugs and general mayhem. My son is also smart, soulful, and trying to find something that I haven't been able to provide. I HAVE provided private school, cars, insurance, room and board, rehab, legal fees, every techno device available, and any style of clothing that he felt he needed to define his 'style'. Because I did not have a great deal of emotional support from parents who were trying to earn a living at a time when acquiring the American dream was actually possible, I have nothing to reference action that would help him find peace.
    I chose Mr. Barris's book after I saw him talk about it on a morning television program. While the book did not reveal any shocking information about drug abuse and addiction, I felt a connection to Mr. Barris's frustration, anger, love, and heartache. The book made me feel that while I do have much more to learn, I am not alone. The horror of drug abuse in this country touches everyone. Just ask your may be surprised at what you find out.

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    Posted October 16, 2010

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