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Friday, 12 January 2018

Barbra Streisand: On The Couch by Dr. Alma H Bond - Book Review

Barbra Streisand: On the Couch, Shares Deep Insight Into One Of America's Most Beloved Icons

Carlisle, PA, November 13, 2017 - The widely popular On the Couch series by Alma Bond, Ph.D. has given us an opportunity to discover the lives of Marilyn Monroe, Hillary Clinton, and Jackie O through the eyes of renowned New York psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcy Dale. The fictionalized biographies provided a unique and revealing perspective of their lives.

Now, readers are invited to learn about screen and recording icon Barbra Streisand. In Barbra Streisand: On the Couch, Bond captures the details found in other biographies dedicated to the life of Barbra in a way that provides deep insight into her personality and character. 

Dr. Darcy Dale―renowned, pioneering New York City psychiatrist whose expertise has been sought by such larger-than-life women as Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Hillary Clinton―is confronted by Barbra, dismayed after thirty years of minimally successful therapy. Over the course of a year, Dr. Dale conducts an intimate psychoanalysis, breaking through ego defense mechanisms, and repressions to go deep into the heart and mind of one of America's last remaining superstars. Barbra's many dimensions come alive as we hear her story in her own words. She fluctuates between self-inflation and insecurity. She cracks wise. She becomes angry. She weeps. For better or worse, Dr. Dale sees Barbra in all of her raw, most human, aspects, giving readers unprecedented access to her pain and joy. 

Barbra is funny, a bit abrasive, but very intelligent. Bond provides interesting insights into what Barbra could have been thinking during pinnacle times in her life, and her state of mind from a psychoanalyst's point of view. While this book is technically fiction, the facts themselves are all true. Only the thoughts and feelings attributed to Barbra are fictitious, along with the story of her "analysis." Dr. Bond's extensive research into the life of Barbra Streisand, along with her professional knowledge of psychology and her beautiful style of writing, give fans of Barbra's work and her persona fresh insight into a complicated woman - making this biography an enthralling and entertaining read!

"It's easy to want to get to know the essential Barbra and want to hear her story,” says Dr. Bond. "After reading pretty much everything ever written on Barbra, and then having written a book in which my alter ego, also a psychoanalyst, carries on numerous fictionalized sessions with her over the space of a year, I think I have a very good idea what and how Barbra thinks. To say that Barbra Streisand is an amazing woman is an understatement.”

About The Author
Alma H. Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She "retired" to become a full-time writer. She has written 23 books and her popular On the Couch series has received excellent reviews. Jackie O: On the Couch, the first in the Couch series, received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.  Bond also wrote the play, "Maria,” about the life of Maria Callas. The play was produced off-off Broadway, toured the South, and was produced in London.

My Review:
I received this book from Dr Alma H. Bond, the author of Barbra Streisand: On The Couch, to review and what a book it is.
I am a huge fan of Barbra Streisand so couldn't wait to start reading. It is easy to forget it's a work of fiction but Dr Bond has used Barbra's own words from Barbara's public interviews with many presenters so it's as near the truth as you will get, without actually knowing her. While reading the book I felt as though I was in the room with them, present at every session it was so real.
I have to say I now see Barbra in a very different light. I think we forget that most of what we see is the performer and not the real person. Now, I feel as though I know Barbra the person, and it's great.
I can't believe she didn't like making Meet The Fockers! It's a great film and she was amazing in it. Whether you are a fan of Barbra, or not, this book is a fantastic read.

Ellen Dean Recommends

Monday, 27 November 2017

Scoop of the Year by Tom Claver - Book Review

  • An intelligent, exhilarating and entertaining mystery about a luckless hack that you just can’t help but to cheer him on

  • A delicious satire about the media, ambition and making the most of unexpected opportunities
  • Tom Claver is a journalist, the author of the bestselling thriller Hider Seeker.

Martin, a hapless journalist on a weekly financial magazine in London, plods along in a job he can’t afford to lose. But when he misses out on promotion to the well-heeled Tom he tries his utmost to bring his rival down a peg or two. Yet nothing can stop Tom’s effortless climb to the top. As Tom’s career blossoms, Martin’s life disintegrates, personally and financially.

But when he stumbles across a scoop on a major corporate scandal, Martin has the opportunity to make a name for himself and to outshine the achievements of his rival. The only trouble is that life is not as straightforward as Martin thinks, and sometimes extreme actions are needed…

Tom Claver was a director of a publishing company and is now a freelance journalist who has worked in print and television. He was brought up in London and currently lives in Dorset with his wife. He is the author of the popular thriller, Hider Seeker, which was a top 100 bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.

My Review:
Excellent read. Loved the drama, humour and conspiracy. The characters came to life. I really felt for Martin and his family. This book has more twists than a screw. I found myself thinking the story could be non-fiction, it was so real. I was in detective mode all the way through. One thing I have to say is...I was left hanging at the end. Hope there is a sequel or I won't sleep.

Ellen Dean most definitely recommends

Monday, 20 November 2017

A Day In The Countryside by Ellen Dean EAFA Mash-Up 2017 Film Entry

My first film competition entry. I didn't win, but thoroughly enjoyed making the film.

Written, Edited and Directed by Ellen Dean Produced for the East Anglian Short Film Archive Mash-Up Competition 2017, over 18's category, on the given theme 'Today's The Day'. Using at least 50% archive footage provided by EAFA. Additional Footage: Ellen Dean Camera: Gloria Fletcher Sound Effects: Final Cut Pro X

Ellen Dean