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September 9, 2009
at 10:37 PM said:
hey catherine, loved your book;the ending actually made me cry! your story is so amazing it needs to be a movie (hint hint lol)thanks for sharing your unique story with the world!
September 8, 2009
at 5:19 PM said:
WHAT A BOOK, WHAT A WOMAN, WHAT A WEBSITE. AM I IN LUCK OR WHAT? BEIJOS E ABRACOS DE RIO DE JANEIRO...
September 1, 2009
at 5:23 PM said:
Your story was so compelling...I read it in one sit. I literally could not put it down. You are a woman of strength; faith; love and courage. Your family is blessed to have you. Thank you, for sharing your life with strangers/fans. Best of luck to you in your next chapters in Life!
September 1, 2009
at 2:17 PM said:
Loved the book.
September 1, 2009
at 1:25 PM said:
Very intriguing book. You had me from the first line. Can't wait to read more by you.
August 24, 2009
at 5:50 PM said:
Great book! I read it in two days. What a great story of struggles and love for oneself and one's family. Thank you for such a great story.
August 4, 2009
at 1:49 PM said:
I loved this book it tought me that from bad can always be good.It was such a wellwritten book that the story came off the pages. It was a beautiful novel that I could read over and over agian
July 31, 2009
at 1:05 PM said:
I loved Dandelion! Thank you for writing in such a gentle, polite and inoffensive style with no harsh
or vulgar language. Honestly, the gentle sweetness of your writing as well as the tactful way of
phrasing things is just so rare and it is truly appreciated ....as it takes the harsh edge off of
I knew your were the "real deal" when you said you liked either Catholic School or Catholicism
since it is now so common to hear people bash the Catholic experience. I also went to a
Catholic School and thought it was, frankly, wonderful and the people who are Catholics
to be the nicest I have ever met. Very civilized and the religious rites are exceptionally beautiful!
I am now an agnostic but always speak well of my Catholic experience and still implement
much of the wonderful morality in my daily life that was taught to me by the nuns and priests.
When you said about your relatives deaths, "how could they leave" me.....I was there myself.
It is so hard to see it all "gone with the wind" ....the houses, the people, the craziness.....when
they are gone, you just can't believe it. Thank you for writing that as I identified with that
statement and have felt that way myself after losing my family and the established family home.
Thank you for the book. Since I am your age (b l951) and a native Californian who had
lived once in L.A. it meant a great deal! I really related to the book.
Please note..... a good Biography is very healing and does a great public service! You did GOOD! Thank You!
July 29, 2009
at 6:38 PM said:
Ms. James, your book was recommended to me veteran "close" fans of Led Zeppelin. In couple of months, I have read this book twice - Your journey is so real, so full of hope, regardless of fame/fortune, the idea of Oneness in humanity, is truly spiritual beyond words...Sorry, I am not to up-to-date on movie rights...Can you please update about your Movie?
July 9, 2009
at 9:20 PM said:
One of the very best bios i have ever read. i wish i could give you a big hug. right on.
July 9, 2009
at 12:12 PM said:
I was waiting for months to purchase this book, as I befriended Catherine through my Groovy Times and Pattie Boyd Myspace pages. I had no idea what a life this woman has lived so far and when I read excerpts, I couldn't contain myself! I got a hold of it and only put it down to take care of my cat and to watch the Memorial for Micheal. I remember glimpses of her modeling photo's, as I was coming up I always aspired to be a fashion model. But as you know I was told I was "too petite". I was into fashion, models and music since I was a child. so it seemd only fitting I'd want to read Catherine's book after I read Cynthia Lennon's "John" and Pattie Boyd's "Wonderful Tonight". For some reason I had forgotten the term "Dollyrocker" through the years but the resurgence and interest in the 60's and 70s era, it has fondly resurfaced and young girls once again are romantizing like we did as young ones.
Like watching a good movie, I couldn't stop thinking of what I read in this book. It has everything that would interest me, the old Hollywood hey-days and it's actors/performers, how the times were growing up with abusers getting away with every injustice under the sun, and even though we were still innocent, what we were forced to deal with then is so much different from nowadays. Music icons, mod England, it was wonderful reading every passage for me, as Catherine is only about 5 years my senior, I can only visualize her life in my head.
I can smell the incense and weed wafting, the colorful "threads",vintage delights, how it felt to be high and have free love. How it was to explore whatever you wanted to, being free to roam from place to place at a moments whim. I never got bored, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had asked her "when is the movie?" version coming out.
Catherine is candid and writes so many things like a young romantic girl thinks, I could relate to so many instances in her life, but enjoyed the other bits of her times with rock gods like Mick and Jimmy. There are twists and turns that are so riveting, I really didn't want it to end.
I wrote her a couple of emails telling her what I thought of it. And at the end I likened it to hearing Joni Mitchell's songs, but one in particular, as the book ended, the lyrics to "Hejira", it moved me so much that I literally cried tears at the end. This book is worth reading and savoring. Find a quiet corner, and once you start, you will not be able to put it down. The following is part of the lyrics to Joni's song Hejira;
".......Well I looked at the granite markers
Those tribute to finality - to eternity
And then I looked at myself here
Chicken scratching for my immortality
In the church they light the candles
And the wax rolls down like tears
There's the hope and the hopelessness
I've witnessed thirty years
We're only particles of change I know, I know
Orbiting around the sun
But how can I have that point of view
When I'm always bound and tied to someone
White flags of winter chimneys
Waving truce against the moon
In the mirrors of a modern bank
From the window of a hotel room
I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
Until love sucks me back that way...."
July 6, 2009
at 11:30 AM said:
Catherine, Just finished your book over the holiday weekend. It was moving, and inspirational. What a stong soul! You have given hope to this ever-struggling free spirit.
Debra Zenter aka "Chica Z"
July 2, 2009
at 11:00 AM said:
I just wrote you an email to let you know how this is fast becoming my favorite book! You're a nice lady and a strong one too. I wish you the best, always.
June 26, 2009
at 4:07 PM said:
I purchased your book last week and just finished reading it. It was excellent and I am proud of all you overcame in your life. Unfortunately, and unlike many readers of your book, I was not shocked by the abuse you suffered at the hands of your mother...I had a similar one. Unlike you, I have never found it within me to forgive...when she died, it affected me less than it would have had I seen a stranger die. Catherine, I wish you many years of peace and happiness with your family. N.
Jade Nirvana Ingmire
May 7, 2009
at 12:36 PM said:
Your book was so beautiful and inspiring. It came at exactly the right time in my life and reminded me to never settle for a comfort zone, and always be true to yourself. Thank you for writing it.
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