A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and by Mark Tabb, Alec Baldwin

By Mark Tabb, Alec Baldwin

Publish 12 months note: First released September sixteenth 2008
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“I were via many of the worst of contentious divorce litigation,” Alec Baldwin pronounces in A Promise to Ourselves. utilizing a truly own strategy, he bargains functional tips to assist others keep away from the pain he has endured.

An Academy and Tony Award nominee and a 2007 recipient of Golden Globe, SAG, and tv Critics organization Awards for most sensible actor in a comedy, Alec Baldwin is likely one of the best-known, such a lot profitable actors on the earth. His dating with Kim Basinger, the Academy Award–winning actress, lasted approximately a decade. they've got a daughter named eire, and for a time, theirs the version of a winning Hollywood marriage. yet in 2000 they separated and in 2002 divorced. Their split---specifically the custody conflict surrounding Ireland---would be the topic of media consciousness for years to come.

In his personal lifestyles and others’, Baldwin has obvious the heavy toll that divorce can take---psychologically, emotionally, and financially. He has been broadly concerned with divorce litigation, and he has witnessed the best way that noncustodial mom and dad, in particular fathers, are frequently pressured to desert hopes of equitable rights by way of their teenagers. He makes a robust case for reexamining and altering the best way divorce and baby custody is set during this nation and degrees a scathing assault at what he calls the “family legislation industry.”

When it involves his reports with judges, court-appointed therapists, and attorneys, Baldwin pulls no punches. He casts a gentle on his personal divorce and how the present relations legislation process affected him, his ex-wife, and his daughter, in addition to many different households. this is often a major, informative, and deeply felt booklet on a contentious topic that gives wish of discovering a greater manner.

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Toot’s family was respectable. Her father held a steady job all 14 D R E A M S F R O M M Y FAT H E R through the Depression, managing an oil lease for Standard Oil. Her mother had taught normal school before the children were born. The family kept their house spotless and ordered Great Books through the mail; they read the Bible but generally shunned the tent revival circuit, preferring a straight-backed form of Methodism that valued reason over passion and temperance over both. My grandfather’s station was more troublesome.

It was smooth and hairless where the skin had been singed. I asked Lolo if it had hurt. “Of course it hurt,” he said, taking a sip from the jug. “Sometimes you can’t worry about hurt. ” We fell silent, and I watched him out of the corner of my eye. I realized that I had never heard him talk about what he was feeling. I had never seen him really angry or sad. He seemed to inhabit a world of hard surfaces and well-defined thoughts. A queer notion suddenly sprang into my head. ” I asked him. He glanced down, surprised by the question.

Lolo rubbed his hand across my head and told me and my mother to go wash up before dinner. The three of us ate quietly under a dim yellow bulb—chicken stew and rice, and then a dessert of red, hairyskinned fruit so sweet at the center that only a stomachache could make me stop. Later, lying alone beneath a mosquito net canopy, I listened to the crickets chirp under the moonlight and remembered the last twitch of life that I’d witnessed a few hours before. I could barely believe my good fortune.

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