My favorite genre to read of all time? Memoirs.
There are so many interesting things in the world we live in, aren’t there? I find that there isn’t much more interesting than a person and the life he or she has lived. Everyone has a story, a unique story. I enjoy celebrity memoirs but also “plain, ordinary people” memoirs. This one is sort of a mix of both.
Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein is written by famous musician Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie. She gives a peek into the life of someone who was in the spotlight for years and years, and vividly paints how that affected life for her, her mother, and her siblings.
Again, as I do with all of my book reviews, I don’t want to spoil anything here. This book starts with Jamie’s birth and continues up past her father’s passing. You will learn of her relationship with her father, as well as her parents’ unique relationship. You’ll read more about the rumors and taboos related to Bernstein’s private life, as well as Jamie’s mother’s battle with illness. You’ll meet their friends, as well as “brush shoulders” with some of the celebrities they shared life with. You’ll read about a girl just trying to have a normal childhood, then a normal life (going to college, etc.), but who’s constantly feeling like she can’t fully do just that. A private, normal life is something that the children of most celebrities and geniuses cannot attain.
When I started out, I wasn’t sure I’d really like this book, but I devoured it in just a few short days. I know much more about Bernstein and his struggles, demons, and triumphs. I learned more about the Jewish faith and its traditions, and how all of that was woven into this particular family. I learned a bit more about music. And I simply….just enjoyed the story. Thank you, Jamie.
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