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Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption
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Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption

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by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
 

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The firstborn child of famed Rat Pack actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy, sister to John F. Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy Lawford grew up with presidents, senators, and movie stars as close relatives and personal friends. When he was a toddler, Marilyn Monroe taught him how to dance the twist. He recalls being awakened late at night to hear his uncle Jack

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Symptoms of Withdrawal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone who needs it. Also its interesting to read about history and the Kennedy's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is worthwhile; despite all the advantages of personal wealth and family connections, Lawford manages to waste much, misbehaves as a youth, and still achieves some success; he seems to realize some of his own callow shallowness, but his shortcomings are those any young man could fall prey to; it is just that others might suffer much more. Even though the Kennedys have suffered very public losses they seem to bounce back well. Lawford's father and mother provided him with a dysfunctional upbringing. The opening chapters are the best. When he just tells a family story the book reads well, when he tries to explain his recovery it reads less well. The book might have more depth if he suffered even more. He escapes too easily; hard time or a knife attack might have helped him and his story. His cousin RFK Jr.is depicted here too; the Kennedys endure some pressure and expectations and don't always measure up; the "character" RFK Jr. extols to Lawford seems not thoroughly present in either man's present life; these guys go from wife to wife to girlfriend with such ease; earning a living is never too difficult; attracting Hollywood actresses their forte. O well. Tough luck, sort of, but not really for them, it almost seems. Just keeping on keeping on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest self-appraisal. The charm and wit of both his famous father and uncle permeate this thoughtful bio.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was ok i didnt really like how it was writtin. Lawford was out of place with snapshots, and some what repititve with some sayings. It was entertaining when it came to his familys history. It seemed as though he was descripitve with his writting during the more boring memorys in his life compared to the exciting ones. I think the title of the book should have been Life as a Kennedy rather than Syptoms of Withdrawal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sure that the Lawford book is very interesting, full of interesting stories, and jucy tidbits' however, THIS Lawford is not that much different from his sleezy father, Peter. I know that Peter was pretty much a 'pimp' for the Kennedys, and Marilyn was, just 'another piece of meat' for the Kennedy boys, thanx to Peter- that is why I will not spend my money on this book.