Love, Pamela

Dey Street. Jan. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780063226562. $28.99. MEMOIR
While best known as a Playboy cover model and star of Baywatch and Barb Wire, Anderson reveals the woman behind the iconic image in this intimate and well-written journey of self-discovery, uncovering the layers that make up her complicated past and sharing her lifelong thirst for knowledge. As a child, Anderson learned Finnish to converse with her beloved grandfather, begged her father to stop hunting as she became a staunch animal-rights activist, and overcame her chaotic home life, abusive babysitter, and cruel boyfriends by moving out at 17. Discovered at a football game, Anderson fell into a career of modeling and acting, stating “fame just happens.” Claiming men are her downfall, Anderson recounts her passionate and turbulent relationship with Tommy Lee, her friendship with Julian Assange, and brief engagement to Kid Rock, while revealing the major influences in her life—the poets, artists, and writers who inspired her own artistic endeavors. Anderson shares her poetry throughout, providing insight into a woman hounded for years by the paparazzi, yet who managed to remain an enigma.
VERDICT Anderson fully takes control of her own story, addressing the salacious aspects but also sharing inspiring tales of survival, motherhood, and activism.
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