Publisher: Bancroft Press (Oct 1, 2017)
Category: Literary Fiction, Celebrities, Barbra Streisand
Tour dates: Oct/Nov, 2017
Available in Print, 308 pages
We all know Barbra, the star, but how well do we know Barbra, the woman? In the latest installment of my On the Couch series, Dr. Darcy Dale, a renowned, pioneering Manhattan psychiatrist, is confronted by Barbra, who is dismayed after thirty years of minimally successful therapy. Over the course of a year, Dr. Dale conducts an intimate psychoanalysis, breaking through Barbra’s defense mechanisms and repressions to delve deep into the heart and mind of one of America’s last remaining superstars.
Published at the same time as Streisand’s own, long awaited memoir, Barbra Streisand: On the Couch is an essential companion, a sensitive, objective, pitch-perfect opportunity to look behind the voice and image, and to understand and fully appreciate Barbra Streisand, the human being.
Book Review by Sal B.
I have been waiting for Barbra Streisand to write her autobiography for a long time. Sure, there are biographies about her but I like to read more personalized accounts. Though ‘Barbra Streisand: on the Couch’ is not a biography or autobiography, it does tell the reader about Barbra Streisand from her perspective, as imagined by the author, Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
It is clear that Ms. Bond has done her research! As the book reveals, Barbra lost her father as a young girl and possibly as a result, has been pretty insecure her entire life. We learn of her emotional baggage as well as so many of her successes. Of course, there is some juicy gossipy stuff thrown in about her sex life and affairs.
The book reads like a “tell all” from Barbra Streisand herself. It is deep but also playful. Sure, I still want to read her autobiography when it comes out but in the mean time, ‘Barbra Streisand: on the Couch’ has satisfied my craving. Thanks to Alma H. Bond for her insights and creativity. I highly recommend ‘Barbra Streisand: on the Couch’!
Praise Barbra Streisand: on the Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
“Thoroughly enjoyable.”—Kitty Kelley, author of mega bestselling biographies on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family, and Oprah Winfrey
“Absolutely delightful … and wonderful … with fabulous insight … Fans of Barbra Streisand [will] love this book . . . It’s impossible to come away from [it] with anything but a warm, fuzzy feeling for this . . . adored songbird… Underneath is [an] . . . insecure little girl who lost her daddy . . . and never truly got over it.”—Readers Favorite
“This will appeal to anyone who enjoys discovering information about such a celebrity, how she feels about the ups and downs of her life, and other juicy details of her storied sex life and stellar career. […] The book has a can’t-put-it-down quality; the juiciness of the gossip, the emotional insights into her joy and pain, and the remarkable triumphs and failures of her long career are completely fascinating. Although the book is fiction, the author lists in a bibliography the numerous books and articles from which she garnered the very factual events and many of Miss Streisand’s own words from interviews that she used to create the sessions…”-Midwest Book Review
I’ve been a fan of Bond’s On the Couch series for years, but this one is absolutely her best. Barbra Streisand–with all her foibles and charms–comes alive on the pages of this book. Bond digs deep into Streisand’s psyche to give the reader a close-up look at a mega-star.
Instead of a tell-all novel that dishes out the dirt on her many costars, we follow along with Streisand as she herself recounts her many projects, affairs, and early history. Instead of a public relations–approved biography that glosses over Streisand’s need to be in control of her projects, this book revels in it, explores the reasons for a demanding actor/musician/director to behave as she does, shows the reader just how dedicated to her craft Streisand is.
If you’re a fan of her acting, her music, her career, or her activism, this is definitely a book you should read. Even if you’re not a fan, chances are you will be by the time you finish the book.”- Ann Beardsley
Award winning author, Alma Halbert Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She “retired” to become a full-time writer. Barbra Streisand: On the Couch is currently in production with Bancroft Press, who publish the On the Couch series.
Hillary Clinton: On the Couch was published a few months ago, and received a Best Books Award Finalist book award. Jackie O: On the Couch, the first of her On the Couch series to be published by Bancroft Press, was published on August 15, 2011, and received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Best Books Award Finalist USA Book News, and International Book Awards Finalist. . Margaret Mahler, a Biography of the Psychoanalyst was published by McFarland Press in 2008. It received two awards, Best Books Award Finalist USA Book News and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist.
Michelle Obama, a Biography, was recently published by Greenwood Press. Dr. Bond has had 20 other books published.
Among other organizations, Dr. Bond is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dramatists Guild, PEN, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychological Association. She taught psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is a fellow, and also has been a faculty member of WritersSchool, where she taught Psychology and Literature.
Buy Barbra Streisand: on the Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
Follow Barbra Streisand: on the Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D. Tour
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Oct 19 Giveaway
Gayle Books Reviews Etc Oct 20 Review
Dawn Bound 2 Escape Oct 24 Excerpt & Giveaway
Sal Bound 4 Escape Oct 24 Review
Patricia Reviews by Room With Books Oct 27 Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
Katy Amazon Review Oct 30 Review
Lisa I Feel So Unnecessary Nov 1 Review
Kristin Second Book to the Right Nov 7 Review & Excerpt
Vicki I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach Nov 13 Review & Giveaway
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Nov 22 Review
Greg Amazon Review Nov 30 Review
*This schedule is subject to change.
The Amazon purchase link in this post is an affiliate link. Purchasing through it helps sustain Bound 4 Escape.