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The Best of Friends: Martha and Me

The Best of Friends: Martha and Me

by Mariana Pasternak
The Best of Friends: Martha and Me

The Best of Friends: Martha and Me

by Mariana Pasternak


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In this poignant meditation on the strength and fragility of female friendship, Mariana Pasternak chronicles her life-defining relationship with Martha Stewart, its tragic demise, and its lessons for us all. The Best of Friends is at once an honest, personal, and never-before-seen look at Martha Stewart as a person; an inside look at the lives of the rich and famous; and an inspiring story of feminine kinship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061661280
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mariana Pasternak grew up in Romania and immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. The mother of two daughters, she has been a biomedical engineer and has held other positions involving computer-based research and development. For the past twenty years, she has been working as a realtor in Connecticut, where she lives.

Table of Contents

Prologue: August 1997 1

Part I First Encounter

1 Martha at the Gate 9

2 Coming to America 23

3 Martha, Matron of Honor 47

Part II The Best of Friends

4 A Friendship Grows in Westport 61

5 All Good Things 73

6 After Andy 91

7 Starting Over 103

8 Two Women 125

9 To the Ends of the Earth 143

10 A Queen Among the Pyramids 163

11 Skylands 191

12 Courting Danger at Machu Picchu 209

Part III Death of the Heart

13 Piranhas in the Amazon 227

14 The Barefoot Contessa 247

15 Martha Goes Public 275

16 The Queen on Her Throne 285

17 Martha Moves to Bedford and Goes Global 309

18 The Beginning of the End 325

19 Into the Quicksand 347

Part IV The End of the Affair

20 The Investigation 359

21 The Trial 377

Acknowledgments 397

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