Trade in your item
Get a $4.38
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A Book Library Binding – October 1, 1997


See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Library Binding
"Please retry"
$55.99 $61.00
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
$50.00

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on the current pick, "The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee" by Marja Mills.

Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568492545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568492544
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

I got this book and could not put it down!
Joan M. Overbay
I really felt as though I was sitting down having a one on one conversation with Desi Arnaz.
Miranda Chase
This book is entertaining and keeps you interested from the begining to the very end.
Tom....

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Wow! What a life Senor Arnaz led. We all love Lucy, but the man who created the most popular sitcom ever often gets overlooked. His book is thorough and eye-opening. If you love Lucy you need to read this book to hear the other side of the story. Although I did not always like how he chose to deal with life, I came away from this book with an enormous respect for the work he did. He was a great musician, producer/director, and businessman. I also believe he loved Lucy to his dying day.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Howe on July 12, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to spend the day with Desi Arnaz back in 1977 when he came to Detroit to promote his book, "A BOOK". He appeared on the local ABC afflliate WXYZ and I knew someone at the station and spent time with Mr. Arnaz, and then went to the book signing with him later in the afternoon at the local mall. I took two photos which I cherish, (wearing his Ricky Ricardo fedora). He was kind, gracious, and when I asked him if he would do a re-union show with Lucy he replied, "All she has to do is ask me." Thank you Desi for a wonderful day and your book which I have read numerous times, is the story of a young man from Cuba, who fought to get out of the communist stranglehold that was on his country, came to America, fought prejudice here, starting his own band, and meeting the girl of his dreams, and later becoming the "Brains" behind Desliu. "A Book" is an excellant read, and you will feel how much Desi Loved Lucy and life.
Robert A. Howe
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Library Binding
After reading Lucille ball'a autobiography then another book called Desliu, based on Lucy and Desi's marriage, I read Desi's 'A Book" to get another perspective of a fascinating marriage and era in television. It is an honest account of Desi's rise to fame and his business accument and the principals he followed in his life. Not that much is covered on his marriage to Lucy or his relationship with his children but it is clear that he adored his children and Lucy, and built the Desilu empire for them, even to the detriement of his marriage and his children. But you cannot blame him in doing so as with his background and upbringing, it was his way of doing things. Even after he remarried,you get the feeling that he will always love Lucy. While Lucy in her book covered more of their relationship, Desi talks of the lessons he learned and praises those who helped him. He has a great style of writing that was really enjoyable to read. He holds back no punches when he describes his life and who he is. It is ashame he did not write a sequel to "A Book", covering his life after his divorce to Lucy, and how their relationship continued till he died in 1983. A great gentleman who you have to admire for his love of his family and his talent as an actor, muscian, producer, director and businesman, who lived a full life. Worth a read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Thornton VINE VOICE on December 11, 2007
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
Throughout the pages of this book, one gets the impression that Desi really did love Lucy and she loved him, but they seemed to be one of those couples that could not live together. He was a philanderer and she had a hot temper and that (apparently) made for some rough living.

The singular most interesting fact from this book that I will probably never EVER forget is this: After Desi and Lucy were divorced, he called her every night for the rest of his life. They were more than lovers, they were best friends and it seems that the relationship continued, even after the marriage ended.

This book is really a manuscript-length tribute to Lucille Ball. Desi's love and admiration for her shines through its many pages. He is kind to her in this memoir and unlike the poison-pen style of today's celebs, it seems that Desi just wanted the world to know that Lucy really was the amazing, interesting and gifted soul she appeared to be.

It also has some fascinating insights and background about the program and its sequels. Plus, if you want to know the scoop about William Frawley and Vivian Vance (Fred and Ethel), it's all in these pages. Those two really did NOT like each other.

I bought this book (used, cheap) and my little paperback copy arrived tattered and worn , but I couldn't stop reading it. Very well written, very interesting and a real tribute to the star of "I Love Lucy."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.W on October 11, 2004
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
This is the way I feel everytime I read "A BOOK". As if I was in Cuba sitting at the hacienda and sipping on hot coffee while listening to Desi narrate his life.Much more than Lucy's husband this man has an interesting story to tell also. From the way the Cuban Revolution changed his life, to the way he revolutionized TV with the use of film and the three camera technique; every page has something that will make you laugh or cry. Desi is very open, honest and even blunt when telling his life story to the reader; getting you into the story and wanting to learn more until you reach the end. Very interesting and highly recomended!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donna Di Giacomo VINE VOICE on July 1, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I never considered myself a mega-"I Love Lucy" fan, but I do recognize and appreciate the fact that "I Love Lucy" was, and remains, the greatest situation comedy in TV history, and it was all because of the business genius of Desi Arnaz.

I feel a need to endorse what a previous reviewer wrote and say that the way Desi wrote this book it's as though he's telling you a story. I would have accused anyone else of having diarrhea of the typewriter, but you can't help but feel Desi's sitting in the room with you having a casual conversation about everything from his childhood to post-Lucy and he continues the conversation where he left off every time you pick up the book again.

There is none of this contrived wording that permeates and poisons both fiction and non-fiction nowadays about the minute details of things that no one pays attention to in the first place and couldn't be able to recall if their lives depended on it (e.g., "The water was a shimmering blue. The leaves had just turned color and were gracefully swaying as they fell to the fresh asphalt road in front of the house.") Desi complained a few times that his knowledge of English wasn't so good, but I found his way of writing much more readable than many native English-speakers.

Desi starts off by wistfully reminiscing about his privileged life in Santiago de Cuba. Either he called many people to fill in the finer, minute details or he had a hell of a memory. Either way, only he could get away with writing the way he did.

Next he delves into his new life in Miami, Florida and his start in show business. It was breathtaking to see the plethora of now legendary names that he got to work with in those days.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?