PositiveAirmailJones frames her book loosely around the women in John’s life, the \'formidable females\' (almost all of them older) who \'cherished or neglected, repaired or damaged, fortified or weakened him.\' With sources that range from former collaborators, rock critics, and kibitzing psychiatrists to Cynthia Lennon (who once asked Jones to collaborate on a memoir, which was later abandoned), Jones portrays a wounded artist who responded to these tragedies with a mix of insecurity and ego ... Jones, on balance, is sympathetic. \'She was the alpha female he needed, the partner he felt he deserved,\' she writes. Before Ono, Lennon could be snarky and supercilious with people he felt insecure around. After he met Ono, \'his cynicism began to melt away. He was at long last able to evolve. He would henceforth look to her for guidance and approval in most things, as a child looks to his mother.\'