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Sally : unconventional success
Raphael, Sally Jessy.
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New York : Morrow, [1990]

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237 pages ; 25 cm
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PN1992.4.R37 A3 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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With her usual candor and sense of humor, Raphael describes how reckless optimism and a sense of adventure guided her along a bumpy road to success. The warmhearted woman with the red glasses who was fired 18 times recalls the "funny, crazy" experiences that have accompanied her unique rise to fame. Photographs.

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Booklist Review

Is TV and radio talk-show hostess Sally Jessy Raphael a first namer like Oprah? The title of her biography says "Yes," but there are probably millions out there still asking, "Who?" Those who do tune in Raphael's show may be surprised at how she comes across here. Though warm and self-assured on the air, the woman in these pages is scattered, irresponsible, and distinctly unlikable. Whether leaving her daughters in the care of their grandmother while climbing the career ladder, or cavalierly agreeing to adopt a child only to let the boy become a latchkey child while she commuted from St. Louis to New York, or allowing her devoted mother to languish in a city-run nursing home, the real Raphael hardly conforms to her image as the sensitive version of Geraldo. Usually it's biographers who dig up the dirt on their subjects. It seems odd that Raphael would so blithely help heap the shovel, but, who knows, that very self-incrimination may be what draws this odd book an audience. Buy as demand dictates. --Ilene Cooper