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Mary Jo Buttafuoco’s book Gets it Through Her Thick Skull

getting-it-through-buttafuocoRemember in 1992 when a scuzzy mechanic from New York had an affair with a scuzzy 17-year-old girl who then shot his wife in the face?

If you said “God, no!”, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, the sleazy story of Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher (the Long Island Lolita) that screamed all over the tabloids is unfortunately still taking up precious memory space.

The wife in question, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, didn’t die after being shot in the face. She was partially deafened and suffered some facial paralysis, but she made it through. And now, 17 years after the whole incident, she’s published a book, the horrifically titled “Getting it Through My Thick Skull” (did I mention she was shot in the face?). The book’s full title is Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know. About the book:

Mary Jo Buttafuoco’s anonymous life as a suburban wife and mother in sleepy Massapequa, New York, on Long Island, ended in May 1992, when she was shot in the head on her own front porch. The ‘Long Island Lolita’ saga sparked a media frenzy that has not died to this day. As the years passed and Mary Jo steadfastly stood by her man while Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher continued to make headlines, one question lingered in the minds of women everywhere: Why did she stay for so long? In Getting It Through My Thick Skull, Mary Jo finally answers that question fully and convincingly. The answer is simple, yet it took almost three decades of turmoil: She was married to a sociopath. And while Mary Jo’s face and story are known all over the world, she’s just one of countless women who have become similarly enmeshed with a partner who wreaks utter havoc on the lives around them.

Using her own experiences, Mary Jo helps readers determine if they are indeed involved with a sociopath and offers hope and help for them through her tragic and triumphant life lessons. In addition, readers will be inspired by Mary Jo’s comeback: A true reclamation and re-creation of her life from the inside out. Through private details of the resiliency and rebuilding she has forged over the past sixteen years, Mary Jo shares with readers for the first time:

-Her addiction to painkillers and her recovery through the Betty Ford Center

-Her overdue decision to leave Joey and start over again on her own in California—3,000 miles from her support system

-Taking control of her physical, spiritual, and emotional health and learning to feel attractive and in control again, despite the scars and trauma of the gunshot

-Her highly controversial and public forgiveness of Amy Fisher

-The new love in her life and how she found the courage to trust, believe, and find hope in a committed relationship once again

Not my cup of tea, but good for her for getting out of there and getting on with it.

Amy Fisher, now a porn star with three children, wrote a book too, called If I Knew Then…

I imagine the full title to be “If I Knew Then…. I Wouldn’t Have Slept with a Gross Friend of My Father’s, then Shot His Wife in The Face”.

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