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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hard-core fans of John Belushi, the pop-comic icon who died in 1982 after a drug binge, may find his widow's tear-filled memoir frustrating for its focus and tone. Chronicling her ``emotional progression and subsequent evolution'' during the seven years that followed the death of her husband, whom she met when the two were attending the same high school, the author ( Titters ) offers little more than defensive posturing and a somewhat overly self-indulgent look at what it's like to lose a loved one. Glossing over difficult issues, such as the couple's mutual substance abuse, she is more generous when she writes of the sympathy she received from her family and famous friends, and with details of her sexual reawakening and renewed sense of self-confidence. With the exception of 24 love letters, a gripping description of Belushi's funeral and memorial service, and hints that Cathy Smith, who confessed that she injected the comic with a fatal mix of cocaine and heroin, was a police informant, not much new is revealed in this long-awaited book, which was expected to be the widow's revisionistic response to Wired , Bob Woodward's biography of the late Blues Brother. 100,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour. (June)
Library Journal
Wired ( LJ 8/84), Bob Woodward's detailed biography of the late comic actor John Belushi, had the cooperation of Belushi's wife and friends. Nevertheless, it was an imbalanced treatment, much to the anger of most concerned. Woodward failed to show the man so many loved behind the druggy, maniacal facade, or to explore why Belushi ended as he did. Now Belushi's wife, Judith, gives the more intimate portrait needed to understand this complex, troubled man. Using her own diaries and letters, and anecdotes from famous friends, she recalls her life with John from their meeting in sophomore year of high school. But more than that, this is a memoir of Judith herself, as she tries to understand what happened, to come to grips with her widowhood, and to find happiness again. The style is occasionally difficult (she switches back and forth in time), but this is an essential purchase for a balanced view of John Belushi, and publicity will be extensive.-- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Seaside, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881845754
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1990
  • Edition description: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
  • Pages: 427

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