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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (November 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400098335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400098330
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this evenhanded biography of her famous father, Deana Martin acknowledges that Dean "wasn't a good father, but he was a good man." The youngest child of four from Dean Martin's marriage to his first wife, Betty MacDonald, the author recalls how her mother began drinking so heavily that Dean's new wife, Jeanne Biegger, eventually took Betty's three girls in (Betty's son was living with his grandparents) and brought them up along with the three children she had with Dean. Martin details her father's life from his teenage years as a card dealer to his first Atlantic City gig with Jerry Lewis, offering her own observations along the way ("A glass of apple juice masquerading as scotch in his hand, he perfected a role that was going to become... indistinguishable from the real Dean Martin"). Perhaps Martin forgives her emotionally detached father too quickly, as when he doesn't show up at her first live theater performance ("I guess Dad felt that with so many children, if he did it for one, he would have spent his whole life doing it for the others"). But in the end, hers is a heartfelt and honest portrait of a mysterious father.
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From Booklist

With Holden's help, the daughter of one of the most successful mid-twentieth-century entertainers makes quite a treat of her account of growing up chaotically amid A-list celebs. Of her father, his feminine namesake (her name rhymes with the queen of the jungle's) says that he wasn't a good father, but he was a good man. He left her and her siblings with his mentally deteriorating first wife, and after she abandoned them and they went to live with him and his kindly new wife, his workaholic ways made him absent a lot. Still, when he was around, he was affectionate and even indulgent, hence, a good man, and the book breezes along on a stream of happy anecdotes about him and his eventually large family (Deana got a passel of half-siblings) and their relations with the family of his famous confrere, Frank Sinatra, and scarcely lesser luminaries. Martin left wife two, too, setting a pattern his children have followed with their spouses while remaining lovingly loyal to one another. Ray Olson
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The book was very well written and loved all those pictures.
Deborah Kolakowski
I say...Thanks, Deana, for some great insight into the man, not just the legend...and for sharing your life and his with all of us.
Jimmy Monaco
Since receiving this book as a gift one month ago, I am reading it for the second time already.
Michael B. Hayes Jr.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A. Nowak on November 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Deana Martin's honesty and vulnerability about her life is what makes her book so sincere. It is a look into a world most of us never experience. The people she has met throughout her life such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles and even the frightful....Charles Manson, is an experience worth reading about. For all of us who love Dino's music, this permits us a look at his life through Deana's eyes.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By DINO4EVERFAN on October 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This has to be the best book I've every read about Dean. Written with class,love and heart - the love leaps through the pages. Sharing those stories of growing up in the Martin home was precious and touching. This book is a must for Dino fans!
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Kim Fuller on October 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who adores Dean Martin and wants to know more about what the man was really like, this is the best book ever. The other bios will have all the information and dates and stuff - this book has the HEART!

Well written, emotionally vulnerable, and honest. Dino is one of the few celebs that, the more i find out about what he was really like, the more i like him!

And the pictures are TERRIFIC!

BUY THIS BOOK!

kimmy

dinopallies@yahoo.com
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2008
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I read this book as well as That's Amore by Ricci Martin. I have written a review of both books. For me, it was often like I was reading two very different perspectives on Dean, one that was bittersweet and full of yearning for a father's love (Deana) and one that was more adoring, although still open about some of Dean's flaws and secrets (Ricci).

Of course, Deana was the daughter of Dean's first wife, a woman he left to marry Jeanne. People judged him harshly for that but even Deana notes the various emotional and other challenges faced by her mother -even before Jeanne entered the picture.

Deana was then put in the very difficult position of having to deal with her biological mother as well as try to find a place in the home of Jeanne and Dean Martin. I don't want to include too many spoilers here but I do want to add that I think she expresses the pain, confusion and anguish of a lifetime of challenges - as well as GREAT JOY AND PRIDE in being Dean Martin's daughter. This book is remarkably open and honest. It was a revelation to read.

Also, the foreword to this book is written by Jerry Lewis, a fact that is significant. I was a bit surprised by this because Deana is not always glowing when she writes of Jerry. However, Jerry is definitely very proud of her and this book (or appears to be, in his intro).

I would recommend that people read That's Amore because both books share similarities but also some significant differences about key parts of Dean's life. Two children, each going through watershed moments (the Martin divorce from Jeanne) and seeing some of them very differently. Each gives a slightly altered perspective on Dean and I do feel that Deana felt more outside the family than Ricci for a good part of her life.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By HeyJudy VINE VOICE on January 2, 2005
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Whatever one's expectations in starting this biography of Dean Martin, the only sure thing is that the reader will come away liking his daughter, author Deana Martin.

The man that she describes her father as being was not an impressive person, marvelous though he had been as an entertainer.

This is not to belittle his accomplishments as a singer, Las Vegas performer, recording artist, television star, movie star and comedian. In all cases, he broke new ground and earned record amounts of money.

Still, the human being that his daughter describes was shockingly flawed. The way that he had treated her mother, his first wife, was appalling and inexcusable. Consequently, this mistreatment had a devastating impact on the four children that the couple had had together.

Nonetheless, the book is fascinating, exactly as a reader might expect in learning about the upbringing of the children of Hollywood royalty. The names that the author drops, very legitimately, are the most prestigious in the entertainment industry, beginning with classmates named Arnaz and Bridges and, of course, Sinatra.

Still, Deana Martin pulls no punches. One gets the sense that she has accepted this mistreatment and forgiven it, that she has trained herself to move forward in life. Nonetheless, it is clear that she never will forget the inappropriate behavior that damaged her existence. In a ladylike way, she lets those who deserve a hit have it, whether the hit is directed toward her step-mother Jeanne or to Liza Minelli.

There are a few sloppy glitches in the copy which are more the editor's fault than the author's, such as referring to Pat Kennedy Lawford as Peter Lawford's sister, rather than his wife.

Ultimately, this is a fascinating book, but very sad. After finishing it, the sole fact that emerges is that Deana Martin is a very special woman.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Manfredi on March 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! A very easy to read and well-written account of the life of the great Dean Martin. Deana not only shares the stories of her father but also shares her own life in this wonderful book. I also enjoyed the book written by her brother, Ricci. It's nice to read positive books written by family members who truly loved their father. The book is funny, warm and touching. I didn't want it to end and though it is sad to see Dean age and become ill, the book ends on an upbeat note because you realize that he will always be with us through his movies, TV show, music and this book. If you like Dean Martin, you must read this book!
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