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Oh the Hell of It All: A Memoir

Oh the Hell of It All A Memoir Thrust into the media spotlight with her son Sean Wilsey s searing portrayal of her in his New York Times bestseller Oh the Glory of It All the former queen of San Francisco society shares her own ca

  • Title: Oh the Hell of It All: A Memoir
  • Author: Pat Montandon
  • ISBN: 9780061146060
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thrust into the media spotlight with her son Sean Wilsey s searing portrayal of her in his New York Times bestseller Oh the Glory of It All, the former queen of San Francisco society shares her own candid take on the fascinating events of her life.Once dubbed San Francisco s Golden Girl, Montandon socialized with the cream of San Francisco society, including Danielle SteThrust into the media spotlight with her son Sean Wilsey s searing portrayal of her in his New York Times bestseller Oh the Glory of It All, the former queen of San Francisco society shares her own candid take on the fascinating events of her life.Once dubbed San Francisco s Golden Girl, Montandon socialized with the cream of San Francisco society, including Danielle Steel, Alex Haley, and the Gettys Immortalized as a character in Armistead Maupin s Tales of the City, she lived a seemingly perfect life in a penthouse above the San Francisco Bay, complete with her marriage to multimillionaire Al Wilsey and the birth of her son, Sean From her lavish parties to her legendary Roundtable lunches, Montandon was always the talk of the town.Then, less than a decade later, Wilsey announced he was divorcing her, and Sean abandoned her as well both for the affections of her once close friend, Dede Traina Left penniless and virtually suicidal, Montandon once again had to reinvent herself, this time as a humanitarian for peace From Berlin to Beslan, she made it her life s mission to give a voice to the world s children and spread a message of hope in times of crisis Oh the Hell of It All is a rich feast of a story that of a poor girl turned rich turned poor again, in and out of love and betrayed by those closest to her, who has achieved peace in her life through devotion to something outside herself.

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    1. I am not sure why, but I really enjoyed this book! I loved hearing the story of Pat's ascent and then descent and ascent again. Pat did go through hell, and she fought for her life. I loved how composed she came across in the end, the understandings she came to, the resolve she had. I love how she talked to her son at one point, saying that she loved him but that she couldn't handle the push-pull anymore, being honest to herself and to him. She also had a wonderful way of weaving her meditations [...]

    2. fantastic! i highly recommend it IF you've read 'oh the glory of it all'. she does a really good job providing her own memoir but also mirroring many of the events in 'oh the glory'. both books stand on there own, but they are better together.

    3. I loved Oh The Glory of it All by Sean Wilsey, so I was looking forward to reading his mother's "response" in this book. Too bad this book is just a rehash of the same events by a lesser writer. Not terrible, but no need to read after reading the better book, Oh the Glory of it All.

    4. Not a good book. Her writing style is iffy and her life history just isn't that interesting. She writes like she wants you to feel bad for her but you don't because you just don't care.

    5. this is sean wilsey's (who wrote "oh the glory of it all," a memoir about growing up in one of san francisco's most well-known and controversial families) mom's memoir which begins with her super conservative rural upbringing and takes you through her many marriages, her climb to socialite status and the bitter divorce that spurned sean's book. her last husband (sean's father) left her for her best friend, who is truly one of the worst villians to ever appear on paper. but this book is mostly ab [...]

    6. This is totally the guilty pleasure read And if you live(d) in SF in a certain area & went to certain schools, it's like a real life tellanovella that shows you just how messed up your neighbors happen to be. If you've not read Sean Wilsey's book, 'Oh the Glory of It All,' I suggest starting there & then coming back to this one. Sean's mother, Pat Montandon fills in the blanks where Sean left off and/or lacked the information. Best part? The mother/son book reading. Nope, you don't alway [...]

    7. I just finished Sean Wilsey's "Oh the Glory of It All", which has made me come back to this book and write a brief summary of my impressions. I read this book 3 year ago. Some one gave me the book, saying she couldn't think of anyone else who would want to read it. Hmmm. Anyway, I started reading with no prior knowledge of the people or events in the memoir. As I was reading, I felt like a looky-loo driving by a horrible car accident. Some parts were so difficult to read. I wanted to scream at t [...]

    8. I liked this book. I first read OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL. Then six months later I was in the library with my friend and OH THE HELL OF IT ALL was right there on display! I was elated! My strange obsession with this family would continue on -and in another perspective! I liked it a lot. Reading from Pats POV, and knowing the moments that Sean was present in made me feel like I know the both of them. Reading about Pat's divorce and dealings with Al and Dede left me feeling disgusted. I don't, and di [...]

    9. if you read oh the glory of it all, you need to read this book, it was fascinating to see the mom's perspective and crazy to hear about all the stuff that she did i cant decide if she is absolutely insane or just really really eccentric. I'm thinking its absolutely insane.

    10. Worthwhile to compare to Oh the Glory of it All, by this author's son, about many of the same events. But not such a good book on its own.

    11. I read this after reading Wilsey's book, which I enjoyed much more. It was interesting to read it from her point of view though.

    12. I had no idea who this woman was when I began reading this book. I chose it because of the title. It was pretty entertaining though.

    13. This is a new memoir by Pat Montadon, the columnist and former San Franciso socialite turned peace activist. It's a response to her son's book "Oh the Glory of it All," which I haven't yet read.

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