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I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway: A Memoir
     

I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway: A Memoir

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by Tracy McMillan
 

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I love You

Television writer Tracy McMillan managed to work her way into a killer Hollywood career—a privileged world of pool houses, premieres, and big-time producer deals—despite being the daughter of a fur-coat-wearing, El Dorado–driving, smooth-talking pimp named Freddie. But success couldn't save her from the pattern of self-destructive

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I love You

Television writer Tracy McMillan managed to work her way into a killer Hollywood career—a privileged world of pool houses, premieres, and big-time producer deals—despite being the daughter of a fur-coat-wearing, El Dorado–driving, smooth-talking pimp named Freddie. But success couldn't save her from the pattern of self-destructive choices—stemming from her history with her father—that would shape all of her romantic relationships. I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway is her comic, tragic, and ultimately victorious story, the riveting true tale of how having a father obsessed with women made her a woman obsessed with men.

And I'm Leaving You

Blessed with beauty and brains, Tracy had no problem attracting men. Marrying her first husband (a kind, stable MBA) before she was out of her teens, she quickly discovered the romantic contradiction that so many women face: the "right" kind of men feel wrong. And the wrong ones feel so, so right. Alternating between the nice guys she knew she should want, and the unavailable men who were compelling, Tracy found herself repeating the hurt that began when the man who loved her the most, her father, left her for prison when she was just three years old. Freddie's absence meant a childhood filled with foster homes, a temperamental stepmother, and near constant upheaval. It took three marriages, the birth of a son, and, most important, resolving her relationship with her dad for Tracy to discover the truth about herself—a truth that finally set her free.

Anyway

This provocative, insightful, and humorous memoir isn't a "woe is me" story of what went wrong. I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway is a story of what's gone right—one woman's journey to creating a fulfilling life and raising a son who taught her everything she needed to know about men, love, and, of course, herself. Heartwarming, funny, and unflinchingly real, it is an inspiring testament to the power of change that proves we can all grow from even our most flawed relationships.

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Publishers Weekly
McMillan acknowledges conventional wisdom in this oddly paced memoir: "any chick old enough to have acquired a Diet Coke habit has heard that your relationships with men will be based - one way or another - on the one you had with your father." The film and TV writer (The United States of Tara) believes that her failed marriages are a reflection of the connections, however imperfect, she has tried to forge with her father, a pimp, drug dealer, and convicted felon incarcerated most of her life. McMillan's relationship attempts dominate the discussion: there's Scott, her first boyfriend in high school, who already has a girlfriend. There's her third ex-husband, Paul, a Harvard grad from an affluent family, and "a lot like my dad. They both loved me and left me anyway. Then, once they were gone, they refused to let me go." Only when McMillan manages to accept her father for who he is does she get beyond her past and look to the future. But by the time she realizes that her young son, about whom she talks not nearly enough, is the true love of her life, the story comes to an abrupt end.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061724657
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Tracy McMillan is a film and television writer, most recently on AMC's Emmy Award-and Golden Globe-winning series Mad Men, and before that on Showtime's Emmy Award-winning series The United States of Tara, the ABC drama Life on Mars, and the NBC drama Journeyman. She lives in Los Angeles with her fourteen-year-old son.

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I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway: A Memoir 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The page says it all. Love this book.
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It was like getting a peak into someone's diary, a very interesting diary.
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Lynie More than 1 year ago
Television writer Tracy McMillan's life story is amazing and enthralling. The daughter of a pimp and one of his prostitutes, Ms. McMillan invites us along on her journey to find herself; through foster care, prison visits, multiple marriages and into adulthood. Despite her horrific childhood, her humor makes it possible for us to read her story without having our hearts broken, although I must admit she brought me to tears more than once. Despite her many difficulties, Ms. McMillan meets wonderful people along the way who love her. But it's the things she learns about herself that are the most insightful. Anyone reading this book will find something that touches their heart, no matter how good or bad their own childhood was. This book was truly awesome; bravo to Ms. McMillan for overcoming so much and creating a happy, stable life for herself and her son. Lynn Kimmerle
MidwestmomMN More than 1 year ago
For women who were kids of the '60s and '70s and spent the '80s growing up; this will be a little trip down memory lane, regardless of where you grew up. If you are from the Twin Cities in MN, you will feel nostalgic for Dayton's and the old Met Stadium (or at least it's parking lot). Though the "story" could have been a tragedy, McMillan turns her life into a page turning comedy with life lessons inserted that would benefit any woman with "Daddy Issues". It's not preachy nor is it braggy or traumatic, it's just McMillan's life (thus far) told in present tense, interspersed with flashbacks. You look forward to McMillan triumphing over the predicaments life hands her...what a ride it takes to get her there!