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My "Secret Love" Affair with Doris Day Paperback – July 11, 2012
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As other reviewers have mentioned, the author successfully employs an interesting writing structure that weaves his life story and Doris Day's, openly discussing their respective successes and failures--and ultimately their hard won strengths in making beautiful music in each of their lives. For a good read, for Latin lovers or not, I can't recommend this book highly enough!
In everyone's life, there are people who have a positive influence during one's formative years (and sometimes later) and that's what brings me to this review. Mr DeVita was my homeroom, English and Journalism teacher in middle school, and to this day, I can recall things that I learned from him - and there were things that I put to good use during my working career that came right out of his classroom. All of us knew that Mr DeVita was really into popular music of all types, but to be honest, I had no idea of his devotion to Doris Day until this book came along. Well, I enjoyed her singing and acting, and to think there is a book written by a favorite teacher made it a natural Amazon purchase for me.
I'm glad I bought it. I've read it and enjoyed it quite a lot. It turns out that Mr DeVita (try as I might, and he has asked that his former students call him "Mike," but my respect for him makes that impossible) has maintained a friendly correspondence with Ms Day since they met at one of her appearances in Atlantic City when he was a young man. They still stay in touch, and the way this book is written is interesting. He weaves his story of college and a long teaching career along with Ms Day's story of triumph and occasional sadness, personal and professional.
One doesn't have to know Mr DeVita as I do, or Doris Day as he does, to enjoy this book. One merely needs to like to read about two fascinating people and one fascinating friendship. The "Secret Love" affair is in the open now, and here's my strong recommendation that you come along for the ride of two lifetimes!
For those of us who were movie fans, more attention needed to be directed toward this great career. The comments about her co-stars are particularly entertaining and for the most part, right-on. I only wish they could have been coupled with Doris' reactions to the roles, themselves. How about a sequel with Doris where she "Pillow Talks" about her films. No one loves everyone and everything.
The biggest surprise, however, is the projection of a time (40's/50's'60's) as Mike chronicles his own life story with insight and honesty. This makes the read very personal and captures the reader's interest even more.
In today's world, Mike would probably be arrested or, at the least, labeled a stalker. For Doris' fans, though, he's recorded a fascinating account that's thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks, Mike, for sharing your "secret."
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Mr. DeVita is a devoted fan after my own heart.