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- Print Length: 309 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 5, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013PKIRTW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“A beautiful book that will resonate for all generations, especially mothers and their sons . . . riveting, touching, dishy, funny, and surprising.” (Andy Cohen)
“Fascinating, forthright, philosophical, and inspiring, these mother-and-son musings on family, life, death, forgiveness, fame, and perseverance are at once uniquely personal and deeply human.” (Booklist (starred review))
“[A] touching story. . . . Through greater openness, Cooper and Vanderbilt achieve a new closeness, demonstrating in this intimate and lively read that it’s never too late to have a rich relationship with family.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A layered mix of reminiscences, heart-rending revelations and apologia, all captured with unsparing candor. . . . Rainbows may in fact come and go, but this revealing take on the forces that shaped two dynamic lives promises to have real staying power.” (AARP Magazine)
“A remarkably frank and tender undertaking.” (New York Times)
“Meaningful, revealing...” (Wall Street Journal)
“This is a book like no other I have ever read…if any two people have lived through way more than their share of crises, singly and collectively, it is Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. Their brave engagement with what they confront so staunchly in this extraordinary dialogue leaves me quite simply awestruck.” (Washington Times)
“Memoir readers (and Hollywood fans) will appreciate this book, especially those interested in relationships between mothers and sons. A perfect Mother’s Day read.” (Library Journal)
“Entertaining and thoughtful moments exchanged between a mother and son who have spent much of their lives in the spotlight.” (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Anderson Cooper is the anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN and a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. He has won numerous journalism awards and nine Emmys, and his first book, Dispatches from the Edge, was a number one New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York City.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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It is a conversation, but done in the style of Anderson Cooper, almost being his own investigative journalist regarding his own family. However, unlike situations in which Cooper simply asks questions and keeps moving, he discusses his own responses, his own feelings, and explores elements from his own background and experiences. A great example is Cooper mentioning how he was afraid to tell his mom he was gay because of being afraid of how she would react because of the rumors that her own mother was gay. Instead the mother essentially responds with, “Yeah, I knew, all your friends were gay,” and does the motherly thing of refocusing on the question of her son regarding her own mother and discusses her mother’s sexuality and her own views on sexuality, which have changed over the years and views that it is fluid.
There is also some really unique insights into the different family members, providing a history of each one as Anderson asks, going so far as to describe houses and ways that money was made. There is also a slight element of mother’s give a damn being broken at 91 and even letting her son know about sex and the firs time she no longer had to fake an orgasm, which was one of the attractive aspects of who she dated. This is also couched in the context on reflections of her own insecurities being a young girl and growing up, as well as why she stayed in some horrible marriages.
The writing style of this book is easy and fluid. There are interjections in-between conversations that give a quick and easy reference to the backstory of a particular family member or some occasions of the family in general. There are also points where Cooper mentions that he watches a YouTube video that has a family member, or his mother, and it’s actually quite easy to look up that information and follow along. The responses of Cooper are often shorter, but pull in normal colloquialisms, something that shows a bit of a generational divide the two, such as YouTube; whereas his mother may respond with a quote, or just simply go off of the comment mentioned.
Vanderbilt’s responses are much more elaborate, detailed, and a bit of a train of thought around an initial point Cooper asks and that his mother makes a winding way in telling a story, but this is for the best because it is in this portion you can see a lot of recollections about her life, where she has been, and her understanding in hindsight. There is a lot of brutal honesty as well, such as her own insecurities early in life, acknowledgement she probably was not the best parent, recognition that she and Cooper probably would have been closer if he was a daughter, the death of her husband (Cooper's father), and later the death of Coopers brother, Carter (her son).
A great book all around, it gives insight into the family’s meeting of one another, Coopers’ own father, and clarifications on his own understanding of family gossip from years of growing up. There is a lot that may mirror experiences that some adults have been fortunate enough to have snippets of with a family member, but is the extended version of insight into a family that probably has a lot more gossip and rumors surrounding it than one’s own and a few more trips to Europe on whims than most people experience in a lifetime.
Ray M. Smythe
I thought that the strongest part of the book was the life of Gloria from the time she was born until her first marriage. Considering that she had a childhood and teen years that were bereft of actual "family" -- as in -- a mother and father from whom she could receive love, care, guidance etc. it's amazing that her later life wasn't more messy than it was. It was definitely interesting to learn her feelings on the "trial of the century" and being known as the "poor little rich girl." It was equally interesting and I thought, quite honest of her, to admit that when she grew older and attempted to "connect" with her mother that she found it impossible to do it because they literally did not know one another and could not find a way to discuss what had happened between them when the trial occurred and she was a child of ten caught in the middle of the situation between her mother and her aunt.
I felt that the last section of the book was less compelling because it went away from actions and instead was more about philosophy of life, love etc on the part of Gloria. I thought that Anderson Cooper, too, was quite brave to step forward and speak about his own life considering that he is in the middle of living his life as a public figure on television whereas his mother is nearing the end of hers and it's not as difficult to speak about painful experiences once they have passed as opposed to when you are younger and still facing them each day.
Overall it is an interesting book and I think that both parties tried to be as honest as possible in their responses and comments.
Overall, I enjoyed the book
My first recollection of Anderson Cooper was when he reported from the Hurricane Katrina devastation.
I read his book (Dispatches from the Edge...) and was impressed at how he took off as an independent reporter and just started sending his reports. Love watching him on CNN, at Times Square on New Year’s Eve (can’t say the two Andys in 2017 was as funny as watching him squirm at his previous co-hosts antics but she went too far in another incident and things must change), and I REALLY laugh when he giggles.
I’m the mother of a gay son so could easily identify with many issues but never with the tragedies that Gloria and then Gloria and Anderson experienced. I applaud them for sharing. Exposing yourself to the world takes guts. My mother is 96 and although her mind is quite sharp her memory isn’t. Just as well because I couldn’t handle the type of interaction between these two admirable people.
I’ve added the DVD to my Amazon basket and will re-read Dispatches.
Top international reviews
I does not disappoint from the point of someone that respects Cooper as a reporter, a son and a hot silver daddy!
Gloria was a celebrity from the day of her birth. she hasn't know any other life.
Gloria is so frank in her truth to her son, its touching. While Anderson said in interviews he read things that he didn't know before about his mother. So glad the book as the medium to have that conversation. Son's, gay son's need to have a relationship with both parents that is unique.
If you had asked me 5 years ago what the relationship with my parents was like, I would have said "the best". As of late, I know, its not the case. We older we get the more we move apart.