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In a love story that shocked the world, Margaret Trudeau became the youngest First Lady when at age 22 she married Pierre Trudeau, a man almost thirty years her senior and the 15th Prime Minister of Canada. Pierre Trudeau served from 1968 to 1979 during a critical time in Canadian and international politics and during her term as First Lady, Margaret travelled internationaIn a love story that shocked the world, Margaret Trudeau became the youngest First Lady when at age 22 she married Pierre Trudeau, a man almost thirty years her senior and the 15th Prime Minister of Canada. Pierre Trudeau served from 1968 to 1979 during a critical time in Canadian and international politics and during her term as First Lady, Margaret travelled internationally on government business and met closely with U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter. Stunningly beautiful, Margaret immediately became the focus of attention in any room she entered. Just as Princess Diana refused to submit to traditional expectations to the irritation of Prince Charles and to the criticism of the media, Margaret also remained true to her independent beliefs, which often clashed with the demands of her public role, and the press flocked to her, much to Pierre Trudeau’s chagrin. In her first book in almost thirty years, Margaret looks back on a controversial life and examines the consequences of her lifelong struggle with mental illness. From flower child to self-described “hippie mother,” unpredictable Margaret Trudeau became synonymous with scandal and intrigue internationally. She was criticized for wearing an inappropriately short dress to an official White House Dinner. She acted as Fidel Castro’s photographer for a day. She burst into song at a state dinner for the President of Venezuela. And rather than celebrate her sixth wedding anniversary with her husband, she spent a legendary weekend with the Rolling Stones, leading to worldwide rumours of trysts with Mick Jagger and Ron Wood. But happiness was short-lived for Margaret, who suffered a series of tragic losses: divorce from Pierre Trudeau; the death of her youngest son in a skiing accident; and divorce from her second husband, real estate mogul Fried Kemper. Margaret spiraled through suicidal depression and undiagnosed mania. She self-medicated with marijuana and alcohol, starved herself, and engaged in manic spending sprees that left her penniless until she was finally diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder. Under intense international scrutiny, Margaret Trudeau has lived a life full of highs and lows, but has worked to regain control of her life. She is currently a national mental health advocate who has been awarded the Society of Biological Psychiatry Humanitarian Award for her efforts to help and inspire people suffering from mental illness. In this poignant memoir, Margaret Trudeau reveals her courageous lifetime struggle with mental illness and her journey of recovery, acceptance, and hope....

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Changing My Mind Reviews

  • Brenda Dolha
    2018-12-02 13:28

    Written in a straight forward manner, this is the story behind the story... and a look at bipolar disorder from the perspective of a woman whose behaviour was puzzling to most everyone who witnessed this period of Canadian history.Margaret's sharing of her story brings mental illness a little further out of the 'closet', and illuminates how society and the medical community often misunderstand, mistreat, and mis-diagnose. Having lived through a major depressive episode myself, I was able to relate to the bleak despair. I choose to talk openly about my depression and anxiety, as Margaret does in her book, in order to de-stigmatize disorders of brain chemistry. I hope that this book will do the same for you, dear reader, and will shed light and words and understanding... do you remember when it was taboo to talk about CANCER, when diabetes was spoken of in hushed tones as 'having sugar diabetes'? So do I.I urge you to read this and others like it, to recommend it, and to talk about it with intelligence, understanding, and compassion.

  • Dianne
    2018-11-30 12:16

    Margaret Trudeau has been courageous in telling this story of her life. She is a woman who has had more fame and fortune than most of us could have in our wildest dreams. She has travelled the entire world, been hosted by the heads of state as a glamorous young First Lady, has had two marriages to kind, interesting men, given birth to four healthy, handsome sons and a lovely daughter. She has been in romances with movie stars, heirs to fortunes, rock stars, an exotic surfer dude and Senator Ted Kennedy. Yet through it all she had been dealing with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. It is a most amazing life story. And to top off the roller coaster ride of Margaret's life her eldest child is now the much loved Prime Minister of Canada! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the brain chemistry disorder once called manic depression now termed bipolar disorder.

  • Richard
    2018-11-18 10:18

    Mme. Trudeau's book deserves a 4-star (I liked it) for the courage taken to confess the mess in her life caused by forces beyond her control - untreated mental or brain hormone disorder, her own moderate mental acuity and the pull of a man with his own (unprobed, it seems) mental "disorder", P. Trudeau, and that under the great treatment of Ottawa's Dr. Cameron, she found healing and stability. It deserves much less (1-star, didn't like it) because she makes too many attempts to give penetrating insights from her long and painful ordeal which are not by any stretch penetrating. I found it merely confused the purpose of her book how she includes people we know something about (mainly the other Trudeaus), blurring the lines between mental health treatise, celebrity memoir and family album.Neither of the men she married are insightfully treated (or, I suspect, well understood). She relates her physical fight with Pierre Trudeau that highlights his clinical stinginess (gives only $50 to support their sons) without understanding that her ferocious objection was exactly what the bastard needed to face. She washes away her confessed ugliness to Fried Kemper as a stage two symptom of her bipolar disorder - without delving into any useful detail.Some of her story of hippy living in Morocco at age 19 or 20 seems too idealized to be entirely true, with a self-possession incongruous to later events, and I wonder if details can be independently confirmed.

  • Alexis
    2018-11-21 11:12

    Was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I liked reading about her marriage to Pierre Trudeau and some of the diplomatic things that happened during that time period. I also appreciated how she talked about her bipolar disorder, and was frank and candid about the dark periods and what happened to her. Her love for her children really came through in this book.I think that the book could have used some editing as she used the phrase "this was the happiest time in my life" about 8 times.Still, I hope lots of people read this because they'll learn a lot about bipolar disorder. One of the facts that she stated was that a man with a heart condition receives way better care than a woman with bipolar disorder and that the Canadian medical system still doesn't know how to treat mental illness.It was also weird, and scary to read about some of the really negative things that individual reporters said to her. As a journalist, I was rather appalled.

  • Rose
    2018-11-29 11:33

    A very honest account of living with bi polar illness. It was very straight forward and helpful in understanding this illness a little better. With all her ups and downs I found I really liked Margaret. A few very close people in my life suffer form this mental illness and I know every day is a struggle with the illness and with the stigma that surrounds it. It was very brave of Margaret to be so honest and to bare her soul. I am very glad that i read this book.

  • Heather
    2018-12-06 13:39

    I didn't find this a compelling read at all. Maybe she just needed to make some money, so decided to write another book. It still seems like her insight into her condition is lacking, and I found some parts contradictory. I also agree that there was too much "Name dropping", and not enough of what I could say came across as true feelings.

  • Dianna
    2018-11-14 14:31

    I enjoyed the stories about her life with Pierre and the kids. But otherwise found her to be annoying. It felt like she spent the first half of the book name dropping, and then the second half blaming Pierre for everything. Despite the fact that she repeatedly says she needs to stop blaming others for her problems. I wonder if there's a personality disorder along with the bipolar.

  • Rebecca McCaffrey
    2018-11-19 12:19

    i enjoyed this way more than i thought i would. it was candid and honest - neither glamourizing nor downplaying the ups and downs of dealing with mental illness. i appreciated how she peppered her memoir with notes about what keeps her balanced. a good reminder that balance is a verb. she speaks of health and wellness in relation to the simple, yet often overlooked, needs we could all benefit from addressing - good nutrition, med management, fostering good relationships, exercise, meditation/spiritual connections, and pursuing creative hobbies.it was really interesting to learn about some of the history she helped shape, like how husbands were not allowed in the room when women gave birth at the civic hospital until she kicked up a fuss. this was the same place i was born, and likely the same place i will birth future children. i also was surprised to learnabout her celebrity friebds and lovers - leonard cohen, mick jaggar, any warhol, and all the gang at studio 54.i loved the quote from her grandmother that opened chapter 2: "Margaret, you're one of the more delicate flowers in the garden. But you're also a perrenial" - fragile, but durable and persistent. she spoke of learning to supress her emotions as a young girl to fulfil the desires of others. one of her psychiatrists described depression as the suppression of anger - not being able to articulate (or even recognize) your feelings and having no voice. to all of this i can relate. we are told, explicitly and implicitly, how to act in this society, and as a result we become very good actresses. sometimes so good we even fool ourselves. rather than face the music, we look for ways to escape the pain. this is only natural, but pushing dirt under the rug will only result in a lumpy rug which eventually must be smoothed. this smoothing process is hard work; it's messy and involves much fluctuation through the firat four stages of grief before finally settling on acceptance of one's condition and responsibility in remedying it. only then can recovery begin. you have to "choose" sanity.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-10 10:26

    I found Ms. Sinclair to be truly lacking in insight to her motivations and behaviours, even by the end of her story.Her dissing of the Alcoholics Anonymous and the people in it showed her snobby shallowness. It served no real purpose for her to diss the members of an organization that has saved millions of lives, except to show how thoughtless she still is. So the meetings were in a part of town she wasn't comfortable with and the people there were not up to her high and mighty standards. What a pathetic snob! It is hard to believe that her doctor referred her to A.A. She certainly didn't belong in the rooms of A.A., given that she didn't think she had a problem with alcohol or have a desire to stop drinking. To say she didn't attend N.A., because of her penchant for bad boys is beyond ridiculous. She really does show her ignorance.In the end, for her to say that she went through such a hard life, is again a reflection of what poor insight she has of herself. Personally, I don't think she has a clue what a hard life is. She admits she grew up and lived a privileged life. I got the impression that she thinks she's terribly unique and special. She says she needs to stop blaming others for her problems, yet she keeps doing it. The impaired charge and her fighting it is a good example. I don't think Ms. Sinclair was at all courageous in her "revelations." Everything was always someone else's fault. She talks as though much of her behaviour was acceptable and totally normal. I would have thought she'd stress how abnormal her thinking and behaviours were. She rarely did. The way she wrote the book made it sound as though she still thinks much of what she said and did is perfectly acceptable, when any healthy person can see it's not. Having first-had experience with bi-polar disorder, I don't think Ms. Sinclair gave an accurate account of the illness at all. There are much better books out there if one really wants to understand the condition. This book is light weight fluff for those who enjoy gossip and name-dropping. Do take it with more than a few grains of salt.

  • Jill Robertson
    2018-11-23 12:14

    Margaret Trudeau's autobiography 'Changing My Mind' was a harrowing yet utterly compelling account of her roller-coaster ride as a 60s and 70s wild child, her unconventional marriage to the Canadian Prime Minister who she married when she was 22 and he was 51, her undetected bipolar disorder, the death of a loved son and much more. It seems so honest and confronting that I assume she actually wrote the book and it was not ghost written. And of course it is written from her perspective which is sometimes romanticised and at other times contains very detailed descriptions of what living with her mental difficulties was like, what she thought of people and how they interacted with her, and the life she chose to follow. It is at once disturbing and uplifting. At the back of the book are three essays from noted mental health professionals describing bipolar and the medication and support available today. Today, at 67, Margaret Trudeau continues to speak to people across Canada on mental health issues. In another twist to her story, her eldest son Justin is the current Canadian Prime Minister - the first time a father and son have both held this position.

  • Patty
    2018-12-01 13:27

    I was looking for a quickie autobiography when I checked this out of the library but I found it quite engrossing to once again immerse myself in the life and times of the former Mrs. Trudeau. I'd read her previous book but Changing my Mind is told by someone who realizes and, most importantly, accepts that she has a mental illness. She unflinchingly acknowledges some of her past erratic behaviour and the impact it had on her husband and her family, she describes her harrowing hospitalizations, and, interestingly, does not question that Trudeau 'hit back' and once pinned her to the floor in a mutual rage. She felt that she 'deserved it,' a stance that those with mental illnesses sometimes take. While Trudeau often comes off as a sympathetic figure he is also revealed to be cold, extremely tight with money and abusive. The true heroes are Margaret's children, both by Trudeau and her second husband, who are unfailingly supportive of their mother. Her own awareness of her illness and her decision to be public about it (with the same media who could be so cruel to her in her younger years) also displays true courage.

  • Karen Stock
    2018-12-12 08:38

    Margaret Trudeau was the wife of the late Prime Minister Trudeau. I was only 11 when Trudeau married Margaret and I remember when Justin was born, and I remember that there was often scandolous talk of Margaret as the wife of the prime minister, but being so young didnt really understand or wasn't really interested. Reading it now at an age I can understand I enjoyed it.I am not into politics etc but Margaret's writing style is easy to read. I did find it a bit repetitive at times. She must say a dozen or more times that marijuana can put some bi polars into a manic phase. I sometimes found her writing to be bi polar , it dragged and then would get exciting and interesting and then there would be a lull and then go back up.I loved all the pictures in the book. She is a beautiful woman.The book also is great for getting an inside persepctive of what bi polar people go through. Although it wasn't as informative about bi polar as I had anticipated it might be. Having a mental illness is so difficult and for Margaret being in the positiion she was in as well as the "time" she suffered a great deal. I appreciate her honesty in it about her mental illness.

  • Stéphanie
    2018-11-26 07:32

    The book was definitely a page-turner, even though I am not fascinated with Pierre Elliott Trudeau's life and entourage nor have I ever been. There's something about Margaret Trudeau that made me want to know more. She always seems so upbeat, yet was a PM's wife. She married P.E.T yet partied with some of the Rolling Stones and had an affair with Ted Kennedy. Her life was full of contrasts. For a big part of her life, she was lost and this is clearly explained and well detailed throughout the book. As for her life-struggle with bipolar disorder, I thought she could have given a more in-depth view. Yes she does mention when she was depressed and when she was manic but it's mostly up, down, up, down without a lot of description. The doctors in the afterword reveal more than she does, saying that she was once so paranoid that she thought her second son, Sacha, was going to kill her. Overall, I'd say it was a good memoir.

  • Elaine Wakely
    2018-11-27 13:17

    This was definitely not my favourite book... not even close. I really disliked all the name dropping and little remorse for essentially abandoning her kiddies with her husband and being a pretty crappy wife... and I'm from Alberta so one would think anything trashing Pierre Trudeau in the slightest would make me happy. This book did pretty much the opposite - I think maybe he was kinda cool (sorry - still can't forgive the NEP though). In the last two or three chapters I my rating of this book increased. I think I just liked the happy ending, seeing her get her life together finally and become a little more accountable for her options. I didn't learn too much more about bi-polar, but I did come away with an understanding of mental illness, helping to see shed some of the stigma and gain a bit of an understanding that mental illness can affect someone as much as a chronic physical illness... so I guess that was good. I don't think I'll ever read another of her books though.

  • Heather(Gibby)
    2018-11-22 14:24

    I was really young when Margaret Trudeau was frequently in the news, so I am glad read this book as an adult with a bit of life experience. I found the book gave in intimate look at the private life of Margaret Trudeau and her life before and after her marriage to Pierre Elliot Trudeau, but mostly the book is a frank first person perspectimve of the struggle of life with bipolar disease. I am sure this was a very difficult bbok for Ms. Trudeau to write, laying her deepest emotions for public consumption, but I applaud her for her couraeousness is sharing this very personal journey with us all. She indicates that she wrote the book to help others struggling to understand themselves and lvoe ones with bilar disorder, and I appreciated sharing her story.

  • Kristine Scarrow
    2018-12-11 15:29

    This book was a quick and engrossing read. That being said, I was conflicted about it. While she is endearing in many aspects, I did feel that there was a lot of blame put on others rather than personal responsibility for her actions. At times I felt that there was little remorse for her erratic behavior and the effects it would have had on her children. As well, there were moments when I felt that she came across as snobbish and self-entitled. That being said, I give her credit for being so candid about her illness and her struggles throughout the years. I appreciated the glimpse into her life as the prime minister's wife--the pressures and societal expectations, as well as the difficulties of being in a high profile marriage.

  • Sheri
    2018-11-23 09:29

    This book has some of the predictable elements that come with a memoir of a spouse of a famous person...state visits, meetings with very influential people, the feeling of being in someone's shadow, but I felt it was handled well. I also gleamed more history about Pierre Trudeau, a fascinating Prime Minister. The description of Margaret's experience living with her bi-polar was also interesting and a positive example of putting a face to this disorder.

  • Erin Patterson
    2018-11-19 09:15

    Having someone close to me that suffers from Bipolar Disorder I found Margaret's journey to be a real eye opener. I hope going forward it helps me to be more patient and understanding to the plight of those inflicted with Bipolar Disorder. I enjoyed the content of the book but found it to be rather repetitive.

  • Holly
    2018-12-03 12:35

    Simply astonishing! I experienced so many emotions while reading this biography. Margaret Trudeau was honest, open and unselfish in this book. I can't stop thinking about her and her life experiences.

  • Elaine
    2018-12-04 14:32

    I had given this book to my mom as a gift many years ago and since she was purging her bookshelf, I took it home. I was too young to remember when Margaret and Pierre were married but I vaguely recall tidbits of her wild behaviour. A friend of mine's dad was also manic/depressive and was treated with lithium. I remember the stories he told me of his father's up and down behaviour but not really understanding it. This book helps me understand more fully what a person with bipolar deals with every day.Pg 276 - "the root cause is emotional. The lower back, the neck are often places where this referred pain expresses itself, but the pain really starts in the brain. Her family doctor asked, "Margaret, what's really pinching you?" He knew that my pain had a source."Pg 291 - "Getting over it" was not the issue; but "getting on with it" was. There is no alternative to learning how to live with sadness and sorrow. What you need are the tools to help you do that.Pg 328 - Low self-esteem is the biggest disabler of people with mental illness, so volunteer work or paid work can help a person both gain confidence and get started. You need obligations and responsibilities.I enjoyed reading about Margaret's life, her marriage to the prime minister (he made her sign a prenup, telling her the papers were something else, and left her with nothing when he died), understanding the treatment options of bipolar, seeing what her son Justin's life was like (it's hard to see how he could truly understand a hardworking Canadian's day to day life). What is so sad is that she does not know the Lord God, will never have that peace that passes all understanding. She doesn't even pretend to want to know who God truly is. To me, that is the saddest part.

  • Lise Pomerleau
    2018-12-06 08:30

    A brave woman telling of her past as an iconic figure in Canadian history. She made me Change My Mind about bi-polar disorder. I enjoyed reading about her past with Pierre Trudeau, as I was a child when it was all happening. I remember seeing her wedding dress in photos and thinking how beautiful she was. Hard to believe she made it herself. She and I both married at 19 and I chose a very similar wedding dress to hers. I also didn't realize that there was such an age gap between them, as Pierre seemed so young back in the day. Doomed from the start. The public scrutiny would have been hard on anyone, let alone someone of her age and mental anguish. Today it would be even worse. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a family member or friend whom they suspect of having this illness. The symptoms, consequences and treatments are very clearly described.

  • Katy
    2018-12-09 15:41

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this. While I give the author credit for telling her story, I found it to be far too much name dropping, and not enough substance. It seemed to be more about her life of privilege and provided little in the way of understanding her disease. Also I did not find her writing style to be very compelling but rather very superficial. Maybe three stars is a bit of a stretch.I don’t mean to diminish her struggles but I was really hoping to gain some insight into the part of her life for which the book is named.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-19 15:21

    As someone living with Bipolar II, Margaret Trudeau's book resonates with me. I was never married to a prime minister nor have I hung out with the Rolling Stones or partied at Studio 54, but so much of what she describes in her memoir echoes my own experience with the illness. This book is inspiring and I recommend it to anyone who is either themselves struggling with mental illness or has a loved one who is. Thank you, Mrs. Trudeau, for speaking out and for your courage.

  • Maureen
    2018-11-13 11:36

    Enjoyed this.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2018-11-23 08:21

    Changing My Mind: a Memoir, by Margaret Trudeau, Narrated by Maureen McAdams, Produced by Harper Collins Canada, downloaded from audible.com.Margaret Sinclair and Pierre Trudeau met in unlikely circumstances and spent hours talking. Margaret was barely through highschool and Pierre was in Canadian government and nearing 50 years of age. He became Canada’s Prime Minister, and he and Margaret began dating. Finally, when she was about 21, they married. There was almost a 30-year gap in age between them. Pierre was a dignified and charismatic prime minister. Margaret was fun-loving, a flower child of the ‘60’s. This caused them much trouble as a couple. She was involved in many things that brought embarrassment to Pierre. They had three sons together, and finally Margaret left Pierre. For several years, Pierre had custody of the boys and Margaret spent time with them. During this time many embarrassing things happened. Finally, after over 20 years, Margaret was finally correctly diagnosed as bipolar. By this time she and Pierre were divorced, she had married another man, and had borne two more children. Only after she started seeing psychiatrists and neurologists who understood her mental condition did she begin to get better. This is the book of the lessons she learned, namely, that she had to “change her mind” by giving it adequate nutrition, exercise, and supportive friends and family members. The worst of her depression occurred when one of her sons was killed in a skiing accident. She learned that it was important to find the right medications, (lithium didn’t work well for her) and to seek positive support for herself from friends and family. She learned that she had to go through similar stages of grief as do those who are facing dying. In her case, the denial phase lasted quite a while and she blamed everyone else for her problems. But Margaret came out of all of this a balanced and strong and articulate person with a lot of things to say about mental illness. The major thing, she explained, in a few words. An author writing a book on bipolarism wanted her to endorse the book; its cover said “Depressed: get over it.” She told the woman this was wrong. That you don’t ever get over your pain, but you move on. So it isn’t “get over it”, it’s “get on with it.” An excellent book with three essays at the end by doctors she knew who worked with her on her bipolar condition.

  • Llana Bruggemann
    2018-11-13 12:21

    Such raw honesty and wonderful storytelling from Canadian Royalty. So glad to re-read this one!!!

  • Ashley D--
    2018-11-19 07:35

    I picked up this book looking for information on what life was like when she was the prime minister's wife, so I did go into it with a different curiosity than other readers. Even though I was initially just scouring the book for generic details, I got caught up in it and read it the whole way through. The story arc of the memoir is pretty clear, and chronological for the most part, and the writing is pretty decent memoir fare. She certainly has a lot of interesting life stories, compelling enough for someone not particularly interested in her life to keep reading past what I initially found relevant to my research. What I really enjoyed about the book was the candid way she speaks about mental illness. She writes about bipolar disorder as a medical condition akin to heart disease. She describes the stigma attached to it as it was decades ago, and speaks about it now as though there is less stigma than I perceive there to actually be. I think this is a really responsible way to go about it, and I think this book would actually be a great gift for someone who is affected by fears about the stigma of mental illness. Trudeau also talks about the life changes she's made, including safe water initiatives. I wasn't sure if this memoir was going to be an ego trip or maybe even a well-timed political nudge for Justin, but it was neither of those things at all. Some of the book came across as a salad of a lot of famous names, but overall I felt like it was more about shedding light on mental illness, with a little promo for the Water Can charity put in at the end. I think she did nice work with the memoir format, and I respect where she chose to go with it. It was an enjoyable read.

  • Sarshu
    2018-11-14 08:27

    While there were certain things I really liked about this memoir, I felt disconnected from the story throughout by a general sense that the author wasn't able to totally detach from a long history of seeing herself reflected in the public eye. It was interesting to read this from the perspective of someone who was vaguely familiar with some elements of the story, but not extensively - Canadians older than me watched the events portrayed, but I was too young to know much more than the outline. Overall, I wish there was more focus on the mental health dynamics, especially early in life. I wanted to read it because the cover and blurbs depict that as the theme, but in fact there was a lot more, especially in the chapters on her childhood and marriage to Trudeau, about the experiences of being a political daughter and wife. The main challenge I had was the sense that the author didn't really fully recognize the impact of her privileged position, and presented the story in a way that she assumed might be relatable, but really was not for someone outside of a very wealthy, very famous segment of society. This is not to diminish the struggles she went through in dealing with mental illness, a difficult and highly public marriage, and the death of a child...I just find that when reading memoirs of famous and powerful people, it's best if they clearly understand how different their lives and perspectives can be because of that, which helps make their experiences of pain and struggle rise to the surface more easily.

  • Renee
    2018-11-27 13:37

    Margaret has led a very interesting, political, affluent life in Canada, but this memoir focuses on her family and her lifetime of struggles with being bipolar. It's well-written, engaging, honest, and upbeat. I really admire how she tries to avoid making anyone look bad and often leaves out names of people in stories that were negative (but critical to her path, or she wouldn't include them at all). This is not an airing of grievances. Instead, she takes responsibility for her own choices, reflects on how others affected her and how she reacted, and takes time to recognize those who helped her and made her life better. I look up to this attitude a lot. My only criticism is the feeling that she's unaware of how easy money has been for her, with conflicting messages about how she needed money or couldn't afford things or couldn't ask her husband for money, but then there's casual reference of having her $20,000 fur coat stolen, as an example. She also talks about the challenges of wanting a job, due to boredom and lack of purpose, but she is easily given titles (like honorary president) and roles in companies or organizations due to her name. Normal people don't get those kinds of opportunities. I'm not sure she can relate well to those without money and easy high connections, but she still seems like a kind, genuine person who has survived great challenges and inspires many other people. The extra insights into Canada were educational, too! I'd like to read more by her.

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-18 10:33

    I found this an easy and interesting read as I was to young to remember Trudeau-Mania and perhaps, was born to far west to have been caught up in it! But I was very disappointed/unimpressed with a lot of things... I thought the book had a lot of contradictions in it (finally started dating again in 1980 after what appeared to be a lot of dating...), she abandoned two families, and the name dropping... ugh. I was very disappointed and disgusted when she is pleased that after 'one trial and two appeals' the original verdict on her drunk driving arrest had been overturned. She was 'slightly over the limit' and actually says that 'there was no accident and no one was hurt' and she believes that the only reason she was arrested was because of who she is. Her arrest over the marijauna possession was a set up?? I am, though, happy that she has forgiven herself for mistakes and seems to have her bi-polar under control, and am happy that I read the book.