By Jamie Bernstein
The oldest daughter of respected composer Leonard Bernstein deals an extraordinary examine her father at the centenary of his birth—illuminating a guy, a urban, and an period that outlined smooth culture—in a deeply intimate and extensively evocative memoir resembling Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father and Richard Ford’s Between Them.
The composer of On the Town and West part Story, leader conductor of the recent York Philharmonic, tv big name, humanitarian, good friend of the strong and influential, and inveterate partygoer Leonard Bernstein used to be an immense star in the course of one of many headiest sessions of yankee cultural existence, and maybe the main proficient musician in American history.
To his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was once all that and extra; he used to be the guy within the scratchy brown bathrobe that smelled of cigarettes, who sat past due at evening on the piano while he couldn’t sleep (he might by no means sleep). a huge jokester, an incessant instructor, he taught her to like the realm in all its good looks and complexity. In private and non-private, Lenny was once higher than life.
In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her adolescence and invitations us into her family’s deepest international. a wonderful set of characters populate the Bernsteins’ lives, together with: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall.
An intoxicating story, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a deeply advanced and infrequently guy and the gorgeous track that was once the soundtrack to his lifestyles. Deeply relocating and sometimes hilarious, Bernstein’s fantastically written memoir is superb American tale approximately one of many maximum americans of the trendy age.
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Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein by Jamie Bernstein