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Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Grant
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Book Description

Jennifer Grant is the only child of Cary Grant, who was, and continues to be, the epitome of all that is elegant, sophisticated, and deft. Almost half a century after Cary Grant’s retirement from the screen, he remains the quintessential romantic comic movie star. He stopped making movies when his daughter was born so that he could be with her and raise her, which is just what he did.

Good Stuff
is an enchanting portrait of the profound and loving relationship between a daughter and her father, who just happens to be one of America’s most iconic male movie stars.

Cary Grant’s own personal childhood archives were burned in World War I, and he took painstaking care to ensure that his daughter would have an accurate record of her early life. In Good Stuff, Jennifer Grant writes of their life together through her high school and college years until Grant’s death at the age of eighty-two.

Cary Grant had a happy way of living, and he gave that to his daughter. He invented the phrase “good stuff” to mean happiness. For the last twenty years of his life, his daughter experienced the full vital passion of her father’s heart, and she now—delightfully—gives us a taste of it.

She writes of the lessons he taught her; of the love he showed her; of his childhood as well as her own . . . Here are letters, notes, and funny cards written from father to daughter and those written from her to him . . . as well as bits of conversation between them (Cary Grant kept a tape recorder going for most of their time together).

She writes of their life at 9966 Beverly Grove Drive, living in a farmhouse in the midst of Beverly Hills, playing, laughing, dining, and dancing through the thick and thin of Jennifer's growing up; the years of his work, his travels, his friendships with “old Hollywood royalty” (the Sinatras, the Pecks, the Poitiers, et al.) and with just plain-old royalty (the Rainiers) . . .

We see Grant the playful dad; Grant the clown, sharing his gifts of laughter through his warm spirit; Grant teaching his daughter about life, about love, about boys, about manners and money, about acting and living.

Cary Grant was given the indefinable incandescence of charm. He was a pip . . .

Good Stuff
captures his special quality. It gives us the magic of a father’s devotion (and goofball-ness) as it reveals a daughter’s special odyssey and education of loving, and being loved, by a dad who was Cary Grant.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

Photographs from Good Stuff
Après ski on one of our rare trips to the snow. Dad didn't ski but filmed me making a mess of it. Here we're stuck on some Rubik's Cube–type game. Vail, Colorado, circa 1976. Cary Grant and Jennifer, circa 1969. A restaurant in New York, 1969. One of my favorite pictures of Mom (Dyan Cannon), circa 1967. The summer hat, the dignified gaze . . . gorgeous.

From Publishers Weekly

While Cary Grant's private life has always been open to wide speculation, as a father he kept a thorough family archive for his only child. Grant's daughter pays loving tribute to her father in a memoir interspersed with intimate photos, notes, and endearing transcripts of a parent dedicated to love and learning; along the way she gives insight into Cary Grant as caregiver, friend, teacher ("Dad ÿhomeschooled' me in life seven days a week"), traveler, style icon, businessman, and husband to his last wife, Barbara Harris. She fondly notes his favorite pursuits like the racetrack and Dodger games, but she also addresses being the daughter of a star ("inherent fame left me entirely ill-prepared for the realities of the world), money matters (one Christmas Grant gave his seven-year-old stock shares), and even addresses the gay rumors. She writes sparingly here of her mother, Dyan Cannon (she and Grant divorced when Jennifer was one), but records her feelings as Grant remarries and a new family emerges as the octogenarian Grant struggles to father another child. Grant nicely chronicles for her father's fans the life behind the legend and the authentic image of parental love off the screen. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 2002 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (May 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DEPF0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up Close And Personal With Cary May 22, 2011
What I liked about this affectionate love letter that Jennifer Grant has created to her father's memory is that it gives its reader a glimpse into the very private life of Cary Grant. While Grant was no doubt one of those bigger than life personalities that romanced his way across the screen when most of his contemporaries eyed retirement, there was a totally different person who turned to jelly when in the hands of his only child who was for certain the great love of his life.
For me, this book brought back memories. I remember reading about him having a kid when he was in his sixties. I was a kid myself and wondered if he knew what he was letting himself in for. Apparently he knew only too well and he made the time he had with his daughter count. Grant was a superb and doting dad who probably gave more of himself because he was exiting a full time movie career and he realized the importance of what probably really was his greatest work. I also remember hearing that he died suddenly in Iowa. I wondered what recollections his daughter would have to carry her through the years.
This book is crammed with anecdotes that only a daughter could tell. There are tender moments, adventures, mementos, and memories shared that put a new light on Cary Grant. The many pictures in this book speak volumes of the bond they shared and that couldn't be broken by death. While this book may peripherally provide insight into the life of a celebity's child such as dining with royalty and globe hopping, the real message here is what a wonderful and unforgettable parent Cary Grant was.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A daughters love Good Stuff indeed. June 4, 2011
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Thank you so much for sharing, Jennifer. As a father of an eight yr old daughter and only a few years younger than you, I took away far more from your book than I anticipated. I read the book the first night of the release and finished same day. I truly re-examined myself as a father. Welling up when pride and loss, thinking about your dad sitting in his car just waiting to catch a glimpse of you on the bus on the way to school. Knowing that as a father myself, I go the extra mile for my daughter and wife.

In fact, I can't keep thinking that you could keep writing. Its been weeks since i read the book and my mind keeps drifting back about how much i just enjoyed the writing style and flow of the book. please do write more! Doesn't have to be about Cary, I really enjoyed the style. I also think u should write a set of children's books! Call it the "good stuff" series maybe starring a boy named archie... between your personal experience as a parent plus all the amazing source material your father left for you. Just updating, translating or sharing the early 19th century childhood memories, songs and poems that Cary taught you could fill series based on what you've shared in this book. I'd be first in line to buy it!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dad Good Stuff May 17, 2011
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After reading this book, I wished I could have rented out Cary Grant as a dad! Growing up without a father, I wished I could have stopped along Benedict Canyon on the way home from school to see what Jennifer and her dad were up to! This book is a very enjoyable read - a loving portrait of the private side of a well-loved public figure. I didn't want it to end! P.S.: I would haved tried to make him buy me a pair of Kork-Ease shoes from the Country Mart!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love letter to an amazing father... May 4, 2011
A delightful glimpse into the life of a beloved actor and an even more beloved father. The love between Jennifer and her father quietly fills the book to create a beautiful example of the special relationship between fathers and daughters. The stories, notes and anecdotes are simply fun. Would make a great gift for Father's Day.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I'm only 32 so I watched many of Grant's films after his death but he always struck me as a very suave sophisticated man. A gentleman. He adored and doted on his only child Jennifer. I do remember seeing her on 90210 as Steve's girlfriend and always thought she was beautiful. She recalls memories of her father with love, happiness and gratitude. Not many daughters have this type of relationship with their fathers and it's unfortunate. Was it because he was 66 when she was born and had decided to retire from show business? That's not important, but every daughter deserved the type of father he was. Jennifer is a very lucky woman.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and sweet May 11, 2011
By Amy
I just got this book today and read it in one sitting. I have been a Cary Grant fan since I was a young child and my mother introduced me to the movie, Topper. When I saw this book, I knew it was going to be a must-read for me. I loved how Jennifer described life with her father. It was such a unique look at someone I have admired for so long and her memories made me fall for him even more. I find it so sweet that he went to such great lengths to preserve their time together. It made me look differently at how I will preserve memories for my own children. Thank you, Jennifer, for this wonderful look into such a precious part of your life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Stuff! August 21, 2011
It was very nice to read a book from a child of celebrities that doesn't rip them to shreds. The book is about her Dad, she doesn't ignore her mother. I agree with Ms Grant that her Dad was a wonderful father. The lengths he went to to document her life is amazing. More importantly he taught her some very practical things, unique to a celebrity child. Not only how to manage money, but her life. He taught how lucky she was to have what she had & that others are not so lucky. He instilled great values in her, so it's no wonder he loved her so much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary
Well written story and enjoyable read about a private Cary Grant. He loved his only child tremendously.
Published 13 days ago by Carolyn A. Ziede
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Cary Grant fan, this book ...
If you are a Cary Grant fan,this book is very touching and filled with unknown tidbits from his only child.
Published 1 month ago by donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good book
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly pleasurable read on every level.
I was never a Cary Grant fan in particular. I was aware of him, sure, and knew him to be one of the most famous men in Hollywood history -- but all those years of 'growing up with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars and I truly enjoyed reading about him through the eyes of his daughter...
I am a fan of Cary Grant, and I truly enjoyed reading about him through the eyes of his daughter - who seems to have inherited the best qualities of both her parents. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Raymonda Bried
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Ken Stradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan!!!
Loves that she lets the world know he was a great father. When most children of movie stars tell a different story.
Published 1 month ago by K. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly Uplifting
Executive summary, affecting Bristol accent: "Archie Leach was a right good sod and he doted on his only child - a precocious darling - sometin' awful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tai Chi
4.0 out of 5 stars WORTH A SECOND READ..
I loved this book! As a matter of fact, I am re reading it the second time. It is a poignant memory of a happy childhood and a tribute to Cary Grant, who's maybe best 'starring... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandra S Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Best remembered
Jennifer tells an honest recollection of the year's spent with her amazing father, Cary Grant. None of the salacious stuff of hints and slander. Just his love for her, his child.
Published 3 months ago by Kate Brougham
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