Found: A Daughter's Journey Home

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In this powerful follow-up to her New York Times bestselling memoir, A Paper Life, Academy Award®-winning actress Tatum O’Neal returns with an extraordinary chronicle of family, forgiveness, redemption, and commitment—a remarkable story told with honesty, humility, determination, and above all . . . love

The golden child of a glamorous Hollywood couple, Tatum O’Neal had a childhood that looked, from the outside, to be fairy-tale perfect. The reality was far from perfect, and in ...

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Overview

In this powerful follow-up to her New York Times bestselling memoir, A Paper Life, Academy Award®-winning actress Tatum O’Neal returns with an extraordinary chronicle of family, forgiveness, redemption, and commitment—a remarkable story told with honesty, humility, determination, and above all . . . love

The golden child of a glamorous Hollywood couple, Tatum O’Neal had a childhood that looked, from the outside, to be fairy-tale perfect. The reality was far from perfect, and in A Paper Life, Tatum shared her poignant, painful experiences of growing up in—and away from—a dysfunctional show-business family. Now, in Found, she digs even deeper and explores the tough issues that resonate in most women’s lives. It is a story of taking two steps forward and one step back, of learning to understand what forgiveness really means—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—and how to live it every day. With candor and grace, Tatum chronicles the challenges and joys of being a single mother to three grown children, an ex-wife, a working actress, and a woman who has lived her life in the public eye for the better part of forty-five years. She speaks frankly about the persistence it took to beat her addictions to drugs and alcohol, and the hard work of staying clean and sober, including dealing with the deep emotional void that illicit substances falsely promise to fill.

Tatum details her ongoing efforts to negotiate friends, family, aging, money, love, loss, and Hollywood, while the specter of her past continues to lurk, a reminder of her battle and a testament to her will to survive. And she honors the people whose perseverance and courage in overcoming their own dark troubles have inspired her. Found is also a father-daughter love story: a portrait of a fragile, tentative reconciliation between a parent and a child who, as documented in the OWN television docuseries The O’Neals: Ryan and Tatum, try to heal the hurt and pain of a lifetime.

Tatum O’Neal has done the hard work necessary to get her life on track and come to terms with the person she is. Finally, she shares her whole story. Her moving and inspirational saga reminds us all that no matter what has happened in our own lives, we must keep moving forward to the light and the future, step by step, day by day. Only then may we find the true path home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062066572
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 381,269
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The youngest actress ever to win an Academy Award®, Tatum O'Neal has been a public figure for the last three decades. An actress, author, and the mother of three children, she makes her home in Los Angeles, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Fractures 15

Chapter 1 Outside and In 17

Chapter 2 Home Again 25

Chapter 3 Father and Son 31

Chapter 4 Is That You? 37

Chapter 5 Reconciliation 46

Chapter 6 The New O'Neals 56

Chapter 7 The Storm After the Calm 65

Chapter 8 Down to the Wire 70

Chapter 9 Cold Feet 77

Chapter 10 How Can You Do This to Me? 84

Chapter 11 Cause and Effect 89

Chapter 12 Two Nights 95

Chapter 13 On Again 104

Chapter 14 Beautiful Creatures 109

Chapter 15 Wild-goose Chase 117

Part II Regret and Hope 123

Chapter 16 The Man Behind the Curtain 125

Chapter 17 Better Late Than Never 129

Chapter 18 Regret 136

Chapter 19 An Unrepentant Ghost 144

Chapter 20 Disconnect 148

Chapter 21 The New Generation 157

Chapter 22 Ryan's Eyes 162

Part III Grace 171

Chapter 23 Everything's Perfect 173

Chapter 24 My Own 181

Chapter 25 Christmas Rain Date 186

Afterword Found 193

Acknowledgments 203

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Interesting but self-indulgent

    After watching the tv show about Ryan and Tatem, and now reading the book, I have to say that Ms. O'neil seems to be impressed with herself and talking the talk of recovery while she actually shows quite vividly what an angry, unforgiving individual she really is. She completely blames Ryan for all her own mistakes and considers herself an excellent mother after all she has put her own kids through, while being incapable of forgiving her own father for his mistakes. For all her talk, she seems to refuse to forgive him. She is the only one who can truly do that for herself. All she needs to do is forgive him, like her kids have done with her. It is not Ryan's problem, it is hers alone. She acts like a jilted lover, not a daughter who loves her father. She blames Ryan, attacks Ryan and doesn't hear what he is saying when he apologizes at all. She doesn't see her dad as being a human being with flaws and feelings, but cannot forgive him for not being the super-hero she thought he was wwhen she was a child. There are thousands of people who have had many more severe traumas growing up than she did and this book seemed not so much as her journey to improve herself, but a focused effort to make her father feel guilty for not being perfect and for having loved Farrah Fawcett. I don't see how she thinks this book is an inspiration to people when the end result is that she still has not forgiven her father. I will only be impressed when she has honestly done that. I feel sorry for Ryan having to deal with such public animosity from his fully grown daughter! Especially with years of AA under her belt, because this is not a story of forgiveness, it seems to be an attempt to point fingers at Ryan and make herself look so much better than him. I found it extremely irritating to listen to her congratulate herself when the truth is she has not learned what the true meaning of forgivness is! If she forgave Ryan truly, she would have a loving relationship with him. Period. She WON'T let it go, not that she can't but she won't. And I for one don't find that inspiring at all. She needs to hang on to this stuff because it would be just too scary to believe that some of the pain and insanity that happened all those years ago may have been caused by her own actions too. Time to grow up and act like an adult and let the past go, like a big girl Tatum!

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    Hhhhhhmmmm.....

    I would bet $100 that Ryan O'neals publicist or current girlfriend wrote that first anonymous review, because it sounds a lot more like that than a review of a book! Heck, he may have written it himself.
    I think HE has a lot of apologizing to do. NO PARENT should leave a child for a girlfriend, especially a fifteen year old that doesn't have a sober mom and one who is living alone. Ryan is an arrogant Hollywood narcissist and he needs to ask for his own forgiveness instead of having his "people" do all his dirty work.
    You are on the right path, Tatum. Keep going forward, with or without the arrogant, aging actor.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    Release a paper life

    I first watched the o`neils with tatum and ryan. I kind of thought it was time to give up the past? First, i had a very hard time finding her first book. Finally i found one copy in paper back. In the show ryan wont even admit that he was and still is abusive. Look at redmond that was raised by ryan, and farrah. I would love to read his childhood story. I would say just as bad as hers. Hes just not a movie star, just a very bad drug problem???????? Surely an abusive father and a mother that allowed the abuse. Truely i adored farrah. But what was she thinking when she allowed ryan to leave two MINOR children alone to come live with her.
    TATUM you tell your stories in your own time, if the money helps take care of you and your children? I will buy them.
    I truly hope you get a big break in a great movie, I will go see it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Wonderful story with a great ending......A must read!!

    This story is a a must if you have read the first book by her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2011

    good lord tatum

    when is tatum going to stop blaming Ryan?? when is she going to be able to move on from her god damn childhood already???? I and Im sure most you u out there are SOO sick of hearing her whining about how daddy didnt pay enough attention. I believe she was very mean to Farrah for no good reason and just to be mean cause she loved her dad too..Tatum please get over yourself already and move on!!!!!!!!!!!!! already..but i have a feeling u need to write these books for the paycheck..i know u married someone who could careless about ur "demons"... JUST MOVE ON PLEASE!!!!!

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Not What I Thought

    The "O" documentary was much better than this book. The bio started off so promisingly and then sadly it felt edited down and censored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is the perfect autobiographical sequel to "A Paper Life". Both books give a compelling, vivid glimpse into the darkest nights of Tatum's soul. "Found" is the light of her new dawn, and her insightful self-discovery and journey toward forgiveness and self-healing. I enjoyed this book immensely, and recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2011

    Highly recommended

    What an awesome book.It made me think about my universe.thanks Tatum.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Good read

    I bought her first book and enjoyed that so i decided to give this a try. Im a big fan and this book did not disappoint. She has a way with words that draws you in and keeps you interested. Very interesting read of a true survivor!!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    a tad boring...

    I think Tatum glossed over a lot of things, and she constantly referred to her previous book, "A Paper Life". You can sense that Tatum is remorseful but focuses on building a relationship with her Dad. I just dont know why.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Good for Tatum

    Great story of a daughter fighting her demons and trying to build a relationship with a father she loves but is so angry with. As a daughter with a difficult relationship with my own father, i could relate to her struggle. If you grew up watching tatum as i did you will enjoy reading about her journey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    Read it...especially if you know someone who struggles with addiction.

    An honest account of her difficult and tumultous life. I think the previous reviewer does not understand how childhood traumas can manifest themselves in adulthood. Tatum is humble and sincere...and this is an interesting and thought provoking read.

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