Della: A Memoir of My Daughter
• A father’s tragic loss: Della Barris, the only child of Chuck Barris, died from an accidental overdose in 1998. She was thirty-six years old, addicted to cocaine and alcohol, and she was HIV positive. In Della, Chuck Barris vividly remembers his daughter, piecing together the moments of their lives, both the good and the bad, to reconstruct for himself and readers his failings as a father, his grief of losing his only child, and poignant memories of his beloved child.
• A cautionary tale: Chuck candidly recounts his life with Delia in attempt to understand their relationship, recreate the beautiful, funny, and sharp-witted daughter he loved so dearly, and to share his doubts, unanswered questions, tremendous heartache, and especially his tender memories of fatherhood.