By Craig Wilson, USA TODAY
What does actress Tatum O'Neal have left to say?
In her best-selling debut memoir, A Paper Life (2004), she told of her rough-and-tumble childhood, her drug addictions and her highly dysfunctional relationship with her father, actor Ryan O'Neal.
Now she's back with Found: A Daughter's Journey Home, to complete the tale ? or at least update the story. The second memoir is timed to coincide with the docu-series Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals, which has its premiere Sunday night on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. Do we feel a reconciliation coming on?
Confessing that her first memoir "wasn't remotely healing" and that she was "still too broken," O'Neal says this second memoir, and the reality series, were done in hopes of reclaiming a father/daughter relationship after a nearly quarter-century of estrangement.
"This book is about rebuilding a life," she writes.
Found: A Daughter?s Journey Home
By Tatum O?Neal
William Morrow, 202 pp., $25.99
* * out of four
Really? Or is Tatum, the youngest actress to win an Oscar for her performance in Paper Moon, turning her addictions and turbulent family life into a cottage industry? Will there be a third memoir? A trilogy perhaps? Is the book-buying public paying for her therapy? One wonders.
Do we even care anymore? Does she? Evidently.
"I am telling everything," she writes. "The truth. The struggle. The hope. The love. I believe it is the right thing to do."
So, let's see. She starts with her infamous 2008 drug arrest on the streets of New York, an arrest she now calls a blessing in disguise, a "wakeup call." She moves on from there: her three kids, her gay friends ? "I do best with gay men" ? her years of warring with ex-husband John McEnroe, her childhood habit of stealing, her heroin addiction and of course, her relationship, or non-relationship, with her father.
As she said, she's telling everything. She's on a journey.
And as for filming the docu-series? "My dad and I were both antsy," she confesses. The back- and-forth continues on the small screen: Ryan wasn't invited to Tatum and John's wedding; Ryan's anger and rage; Tatum's insecurity over the women in her father's life, including Farrah Fawcett. And so it goes.
Will people buy this book? Who knows? Will people tune in to watch this family drama play out in front of the camera? Perhaps. Celebrity dysfunction makes good TV.