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BOOK REVIEW: THE OTHER SIDE OF ME: A MEMOIR
This is a memoir of Sidney Sheldon's life. The author tells us about the ups and downs of his career.
The opening chapter details how Sidney, a young man of seventeen, decided to commit suicide. He worked in a drugstore in Chicago and figured this was just perfect to do what he had planned. He would place a few pills in his pocket each day so the pharmacist would not get suspicious. Sidney wasn't sure how many he would need to do the job but thought about twenty should work. He planned to drink some whiskey along with the pills because he read that this was a deadly combination. Luckily, his father forgot something and was standing in the doorway as Sidney was about to carry out his plan. When his father noticed the pills he questioned what his son was doing. Sidney told him he wanted to commit suicide. His father told him "If you want to commit suicide, I understand. But I'd hate to see you close the book too soon". This made Sidney wonder. Was he closing it too soon? Something wonderful could happen tomorrow. As we all know now, did it ever!
The author tells us about the poverty in his family as he was growing up during the depression. Sidney asked his Uncle Sam for a job. Sam owned checkroom concessions at several hotels. He did give Sidney a job because he was well aware of the family's financial situation. Sidney details his many mood swings which were diagnosed as manic-depression.
Sidney Sheldon has lived a captivating life. He is a best-selling writer, a Broadway playwright, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and creator of some of televisions biggest hits.
This memoir is a compelling read. It is also very funny at times. Once you start reading this book you will feel like you are sitting on a chair right next to Sidney as he is telling you his story. The author is very frank about his life and doesn't seem to hold anything back. Sidney Sheldon is known as the world's master storyteller and you will see why when you read this fascinating book. This one is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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