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That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin Hardcover – December 17, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (December 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878332723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878332724
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Celebrity-watchers keep tabloids in business hoping to catch a glimpse of the "real" side of favorite movie stars. This scattershot memoir by Dean Martin's youngest son proves that sometimes the image on the screen is a lot more colorful than the father who comes home and enjoys a slice of bread before dinner. Martin's affectionate, innocuous and slightly dull book of memories will be a treat only for true Dino fans, affording them an intimate look at the performer at home. The anecdotes have an "I guess you had to be there" flavor ("One of Dad's favorite jokes, which he would pull when we went out to dinner, was to be having a conversation and absent-mindedly butter his big hands as if they were pieces of bread") that should appeal to those who enjoy the humor in Reader's Digest. The younger Martin's focus is strictly Dino-as-Dad, with very few peeks into his father's work on screen or in the recording studio. Life at 601 Mountain Drive was pretty idyllic, with parents who didn't mind their kids shooting guns inside the house and who were blas‚ when older son Dean Paul bought a tank. The latter part of the book is sparked to life by a too-close-for-comfort association with Charles Manson and the tragic fatal plane crash of Dean Paul, which precipitated Dino's health deterioration. More than 100 b&w photos. (Feb.)Forecast: Those looking for a companion to Nick Tosches's definitive Dino: High Living in the Dirty Business of Dreams (1992) won't find much juice here.

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Review

I love this book...First part choked me up. (Regis Philbin)

I cried, I laughed as I read the real story of Deano-the-Dad recorded so lovingly by his son Ricci; a heart-warming legend. (Phyllis Diller)

This book is too good. (Tony Curtis)

The book brought back wonderful memories of those magical happy times; well done. (Janet Leigh)

Martin sang, danced, and joked his way past the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis routine into the Rat Pack and starring roles in a number of movies. His son reminisces about their home life and his father's career in this illustrated memoir. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Ricci Martin invites readers into his Beverly Hills childhood home... (Los Angeles Times)

...a warm, affectionate portrait of the popular performer... (The Orange County Register)

Ricci, an entertainer himself, chronicles life at home in That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin. The book reveals the true Martin: the Beverly Hills family man. (Tv Guide)

The son of the Rat Pack's most mysterious member creates a complete, honest protrait of his father, bringing to life his childhood and revealing the trials, tribulations, and exploits that colored the life of this legend. (The Lima News)

...proves that sometimes the image on the screen is a lot more colorful than the father who comes home and enjoys a slice of bread before dinner ... an intimate look at the performer at home. (Publishers Weekly)

"That's Amore" reveals the triumphs, tradgedies and escapades that colored Ricci's childhood. (Cedar City Daily News) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The stories touched me so much that I almost cried.
Helena Libis
I actually put the book down and stopped reading it to make it last longer.
bon
Dean was a man who loved to golf and loved his family.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Merritt Andrews on March 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ever since I can remember, I have been a fan of Dean Martin, and after reading this book I no longer wonder why. Ricci tells us what I always suspected, that Dean was real, he was a loving person, a good Dad and his son reports he didn't put himself above anyone else. I like that in a person. I remember seeing the lovely Olympic Ice Skater Dorothy Hamill interviewed on TV, shortly after Dean's death several years ago and she said he was one of the kindest people she ever met. Dorothy had been married at one time to Dean's son, Dino, of the 1960's Rock'N Roll Band, Dino, Desi & Billy. There are some wonderful photos in the book, heart-warming memories from his son and an insight to life must have felt like having a super star for a father, although I got the impression Dean was very much a regular guy once he arrived home after work. The book has some great (funny!)stories about Ricci and his brother, Dean Paul (Dino). How I wish I could have seen Dean in Vegas with his buddies on stage. This book could have been a few hundred pages longer! Good job, Ricci, thanks for sharing memories of your father and your family with us. Funny I could write this review without mentioning Dean's wonderful singing voice, and who in the world didn't love to listen to Dean!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dolores t. petersen on February 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I always felt he was a loving father and husband even though many bios on Dean portrayed him as a cold, unfeeling human being. Ricci Martin finally allowed the world to know what a sensitive, loving man he really was. My heart went out to the family when Dean Paul was killed and it appears that that was the beginning of the end for Dean. How heart breaking it must have been for all of the Martin family. I would recommend this book not only for the good reading, but its always nice to read a beautiful tribute from a son to his father. I just wish it could have been a much longer book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bon on January 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you love Dean Martin this is definetly the book for you!! I actually put the book down and stopped reading it to make it last longer. It was wonderful! Ricci takes you to their home and places you right there to watch their life unfold. I laughed at the good times and cried with the sad times. Makes me want to turn back the clock of time. This book is well written. The love of a son for his father & family is apparent. Now that I have read it, I will definetly read it again. This is a must read!!!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Neil T. Daniels on February 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have book! Whether you are a big fan or have just happened to be around in the last half century... you'll certainly enjoy what this book has to offer. Only a handful few people are known worldwide by just their first name ... "Dino" was (and still is) one of those.

The tabloids (both on the newsstands and on TV) and even other "so-called" biographies have had their field day. Most of what has been written has been pure speculation, and sensationalized beyond belief... UNTIL NOW. This is the VERY FIRST TIME that someone who actually knew Dean (with the one exception of Lee Hale's wonderful book) has written an accurate accounting about the man everyone 'thinks' they know. To top it off, this is an accounting from Dean Martin's OWN son, Ricci Martin. How much closer can you get?
We get a look into what life was like growing up in Beverly Hills at 601 Mountain (the most stopped at house by all the tour buses), to what it was like being the son of one of the greatest entertainers of all time. We also get a peek at life with a houseful of brothers and sisters, to the tragic shock of losing one of them so suddenly, and how it affected the whole family.
Dean Martin was the only personality in show business to have conquered all five major fields, and Ricci gives us his views on each of these (Radio, TV, Stage, Motion Pictures, and Records). Ricci not only discusses his feelings about his father, and the breakup with Jerry Lewis, but also his views on the Rat Pack years, and his top-rated television series (which Ricci worked as a photographer, taking pictures that he saw from a son's point of view).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Corn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2008
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I'll start out by confessing that I don't know if I can write a wholly objective review of this one. I wanted to love it. I DID love it. Even after noting that, I have to add that Ricci Martin did not sugar coat this memoir and he revealed plenty of his father's flaws, including the pain and confusion during Dean's divorce from Jeanne Martin (there is an incident with a policeman during that time that reveals much of the pain Ricci was possibly going through).

I am trying to be very careful not to reveal anything that would spoil this for readers. The photo section is wonderful. Also, there are some facts about racial relationships that I found very revealing in this book, especially since Sammy Davis, Jr was a part of the notorious "Rat Pack". I found Ricci's insights and childhood experiences to be very revealing about that side of things.

There are also some secrets revealed, ones that might not surprise those who already know every detail of Dean's life that can be found at various fan sites but I honestly did not know some of the information about Shirley Maclaine that was included in the book. If your imagination is going wild about that, let me add that you'll probably be surprised and perhaps intrigued by the info included but it probably won't be what you expect. Enough said about that. Yes, I'm really, really against lurid details and spoilers so if you're finding that disappointing, I'm sure someone here has written a more explicit review. If you want spoilers, just post a comment to me and I'll fill in any details for you, gladly. But not in this review.

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