By Mark Tabb, Alec Baldwin
Publish yr note: First released September sixteenth 2008
“I were via many of the worst of contentious divorce litigation,” Alec Baldwin announces in A Promise to Ourselves. utilizing a truly own method, he deals useful counsel to assist others keep away from the agony he has endured.
An Academy and Tony Award nominee and a 2007 recipient of Golden Globe, SAG, and tv Critics organization Awards for most sensible actor in a comedy, Alec Baldwin is among the best-known, such a lot profitable actors on this planet. His dating with Kim Basinger, the Academy Award–winning actress, lasted approximately a decade. they've got a daughter named eire, and for a time, theirs appeared to be the version of a winning Hollywood marriage. yet in 2000 they separated and in 2002 divorced. Their split---specifically the custody conflict surrounding Ireland---would be the topic of media awareness for years to come.
In his personal existence and others’, Baldwin has noticeable the heavy toll that divorce can take---psychologically, emotionally, and financially. He has been generally interested by divorce litigation, and he has witnessed the best way that noncustodial mom and dad, in particular fathers, are usually pressured to desert hopes of equitable rights in terms of their childrens. He makes a robust case for reexamining and altering the way in which divorce and baby custody is determined during this kingdom and degrees a scathing assault at what he calls the “family legislation industry.”
When it involves his studies with judges, court-appointed therapists, and legal professionals, Baldwin pulls no punches. He casts a gentle on his personal divorce and how the present family members legislations process affected him, his ex-wife, and his daughter, in addition to many different households. this is often a big, informative, and deeply felt ebook on a contentious topic that provides wish of discovering a greater method.
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Dad told us we were having something special for dessert—a flaming ice-cream cake. The waiter wheeled out a tray with the cake on it, and the woman with the gloves lit it with a taper. Everyone stopped eating to watch. The flames had a slow, watery movement, rolling up into the air like ribbons. Everyone started clapping, and Dad jumped up and raised the waiter’s hand above his head as if he’d won first prize. A few days later, Mom and Dad went off to the blackjack table and then almost immediately came looking for us.
Then Grandma would make a snide comment about Dad being shiftless. Dad would say something about selfish old crones with more money than they knew what to do with, and soon enough they’d be face-to-face in what amounted to a full-fledged cussing contest. ” Grandma would scream. ” Dad would shout back. ” Dad had the more inventive vocabulary, but Grandma Smith could outshout him; plus, she had the home-court advantage. A time would come when Dad had had enough and he’d tell us kids to get in the car.
Mom, however, told us that the FBI wasn’t really after Dad; he just liked to say they were because it was more fun having the FBI on your tail than bill collectors. We moved around like nomads. We lived in dusty little mining towns in Nevada, Arizona, and California. They were usually nothing but a tiny cluster of sad, sunken shacks, a gas station, a dry-goods store, and a bar or two. They had names like Needles and Bouse, Pie, Goffs, and Why, and they were near places like the Superstition Mountains, the dried-up Soda Lake, and the Old Woman Mountain.