Picks and Pans Review: Out of My Mind
by Kristin Nelson Tinker
If ever there was an all-American wedding, this was it. Bride: Kristin Harmon, beautiful daughter of football legend Tom Harmon and movie actress Elyse Knox. Groom: Rick Nelson, rock-idol son of showbiz icons Ozzie and Harriet. Everything looked perfect. And then life happened, bringing divorce, Rick's death in a 1986 plane crash, family feuds, illness and rehab—all of which have been survived by this resilient woman.
Now happily married to TV producer Mark Tinker, Kristin Nelson Tinker is today a gifted artist whose moving autobiography combines intimate journal entries, favorite lyrics and poems and 105 of her vivid paintings. In one of those entries, Harriet Nelson, that neatly aproned epitome of the '50s housewife, offers a helpful hint to her daughter-in-law. "She says to knock it off with all my expectations," Tinker recorded in her diary, "and reminds me that I'll never be like her because she isn't like her." When at last Tinker did stop striving to be someone else, she became hopeful, looking to the future with "the wisdom the years have brought—and a basket of brushes and paint." (Abrams, $35)
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