Why I Stayed, What I Learned, And What Millions Of People Involved With Sociopaths Need To Know
On Sale: July 21, 2009
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"I think, every once in a while, about the life I
should be living, the one I fully expected to be enjoying
right about now. In the life I was supposed to have, my
husband and I would be admiring the view from our waterfront
home in the town where we were both born and raised. Good
friends and neighbors would be next door, up the street, and
all over the neighborhood. Our parents would live only
blocks away, in our childhood homes. We'd be taking our
grandchildren to the beach club on weekends, enjoying the
fruits of our labors and looking forward to a peaceful
retirement. That was the plan, anyway . . . but the whole
world knows how that turned out."
Buttafuoco's anonymous life as a suburban wife and mother in
sleepy Massapequa, New York, on Long Island, ended in May
1992, when she was shot in the head on her own front porch.
The 'Long Island Lolita' saga sparked a media frenzy that
has not died to this day. As the years passed and Mary Jo
steadfastly stood by her man while Joey Buttafuoco and Amy
Fisher continued to make headlines, one question lingered in
the minds of women everywhere: Why did she stay for so long?
In Getting It Through My Thick Skull, Mary Jo finally
answers that question fully and convincingly. The answer is
simple, yet it took almost three decades of turmoil: She was
married to a sociopath. And while Mary Jo's face and story
are known all over the world, she's just one of countless
women who have become similarly enmeshed with a partner who
wreaks utter havoc on the lives around them.
her own experiences, Mary Jo helps readers determine if they
are indeed involved with a sociopath and offers hope and
help for them through her tragic and triumphant life
lessons. In addition, readers will be inspired by Mary Jo's
comeback: A true reclamation and re-creation of her life
from the inside out. Through private details of the
resiliency and rebuilding she has forged over the past
sixteen years, Mary Jo shares with readers for the first
- Her addiction to painkillers and her
recovery through the Betty Ford Center
- Her overdue
decision to leave Joey and start over again on her own in
California—3,000 miles from her support system
control of her physical, spiritual, and emotional health and
learning to feel attractive and in control again, despite
the scars and trauma of the gunshot
- Her highly
controversial and public forgiveness of Amy Fisher
new love in her life and how she found the courage to trust,
believe, and find hope in a committed relationship once
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