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Oh the Hell of It All

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Oh the Hell of It All, Pat Montandon’s breezy, score-settling memoir shamelessly piggybacks on the success (and title, and jacket design) of her son Sean Wilsey’s ’05 book, Oh the Glory of It All. The daughter of a poor Oklahoma preacher, she went on to manage a fancy San Francisco department store and host a radio show before marrying millionaire Al Wilsey. It was a ”grand life with grand friends and grand parties,” she gushes — until Wilsey dumped her for her best friend. Heartache and money troubles followed, and then her son’s somewhat unflattering tell-all. Montandon’s book reinforces Wilsey’s portrait of a self-absorbed, lovable-despite-it-all woman. B