Shaken, Not Stirred (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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His dad became J. Edgar Hoover's ghostwriter and "was responsible for Hoover's speeches, correspondence, articles, and books." I found this to be a well-written, fast-paced single.It's easy to see where the author got his sense of style. This is a personal look into his life. As a child of the fifties, he offers a unique perspective on a very special time in America and at a most unusual and, yet, quite typical family of the fifties.
This is a brief bio of a very interesting man and well worth the read.
-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
In sharing the life of rituals and worries he observed in his father, he is honest and open about how these things influenced his development and even his mental health as he became an adult. He's brave enough to admit his concerns that the OCD and Alzheimer's Disease his father was so restricted and imprisoned by looms large in his conscience as he ages. In the end, he is realistic and genuine in his admission that letting go - even in the most ironic of circumstances - is a victory. He is - as always - the marvelous Tim Gunn we have come to know and love.
That is Gunn's story in this Kindle Single, a memoir of growing up in the 1950s in a family dominated by his father George William "Bill" Gunn, a tall, handsome, athletic man who could step right out of a "Mad Men" episode. Gunn the Elder was a G-Man who worked in the inner circles of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI where he was Hoover's ghostwriter and confidant.
Gunn's father was successful, polished and a person of habits - excessively, obsessively so. "His life was an amalgam of routines, or perhaps `rituals' is a more appropriate word. The way in which he ordered his life went beyond establishing a rhythm and cadence; it was what we would now almost certainly diagnose as obsessive-compulsive."
He was a person who was always right, and always things were done his way and on his schedule. When he got lost on his way to a restaurant and his wife correctly suggested turning right instead of left, Gunn's father insisted that the restaurant had moved since their last visit. Instead of a leaky roof causing upstairs water damage, Gunn's father pronounced that the spots on the ceiling were caused by squirrels in the attic, peeing. End of discussion.
In the memoir Gunn describes a series of increasing peculiar instances of his father's obsessive behavior which over time followed a trajectory that led from strange to deranged to demented. Eventually his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and confined to a nursing home.Read more ›
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WOW if you are a Tim Gunn fan and can't get enough then this little story is for you. It's about his dad who was high up in Hoover's FBI. Sad and interesting and unusual. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sharlene
When you see celebrities on T.V. you often assume that their lives are magical. Tim Gunn lifts that curtain and shares a powerful personal story - sad but inspirational. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Quail Lady
All of have our own family secrets or troublesome problems, that we look at as being the only stressor in the world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leslie A. Bienz
I love Tim Gunn from Project Runaway. I like how he is, classy, elegant and not afraid to be emotional yet appropriate and deeply caring. I would love to have him as a friend. Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. Mansur
Loved this book. I think Tim Gunn is a fantastic teacher and just a good person and it was very interesting to read.Published 11 months ago by Marina
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