- Hardcover: 250 pages
- Publisher: Playboy Press; 1st edition (1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671169769
- ISBN-13: 978-0671169763
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This for Remembrance: The Autobiography of Rosemary Clooney, an Irish-American Singer Hardcover – 1977
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This book is an intimate portrayal of her life as a person and as a singer. Both aspects are skillfully combined. Beginning with a dramatic point in her life, she uses an excellent transition to begin the biography. After her life story, she transcends back into the dramatic episode. There were many interesting facts about other celebrities of her day as well.
This book is great for anyone who loves her songs. After reading it, you feel a greater appreciation for the songs and will want to listen to them more than ever. This book only left me wanting one thing: to read her new autobiography which came out last year!
Still this book has an interesting hook in that it devotes the first 100 pages to describing her breakdown in 1968 when her boyfriend left her and she divorced Jose Ferrer. She confesses to making crazy demands at two in morning, thinking that Robert Kennedy faked his death and getting locked up in an asylum.
It's an interesting hook but then it goes back to the rest of her life which follows the standard rags to riches life story that these books like to follow.
For me, the most fascinating part is her marriage in which she admits to putting her life on hold to be a wife and a mother. Even as Jose Ferrer is putting his career first, traveling the country and having affairs, she defines herself as a wife and a mother. Despite all of her achievements in music, she still had absorbed that 1950s belief that a woman was only fulfilled by making and raising babies. So it's no wonder that she had a breakdown in the 1960s when she reached her 40th birthday and realized that she had failed at being the perfect woman as defined in the time period.
There's not much else to the book. She does devote a few chapters to her post breakdown career including a nice memorial to Bing Crosby but it doesn't make for much compelling narrative.
So buy this book if you are a fan of Rosemary Clooney or you want to read about the kind of gender relations that you see on Mad Men accepted non-critically.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A BIG fan of Rosemary Clooney's,this is beautifully written in her own style that I could hear every word as if she were speaking it personally.Published on January 5, 2013 by Jaryl K. Day