The Rainbow Comes and Goes

The Rainbow Comes and Goes

A Mother and Son Talk About Life, Love, and Loss

eBook - 2016
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"A charming, intimate and fascinating collection of correspondence between broadcaster and #1 New York Times bestselling author Anderson Cooper and his mother, the celebrated Gloria Vanderbilt"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
ISBN: 9780062454966
Characteristics: text file
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QnVz
Nov 27, 2017

I'm glad I came across this book. Lovely insight on the relationship of a family well known but unknown in their dynamics.

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emiliab31
Oct 12, 2017

Comforting, insightful, and genuine. A conversation between 2 generations holding very different perspectives on life, reading this book satisfies one's longing for home and all the wonderful memories it holds.

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Lynstars
Feb 21, 2017

Really interesting listen about mother and son Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper discussing their similarities, differences, and lives as a whole.

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pamspearls
Jan 11, 2017

Beautifully written and very touching. A book for every one's list.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 27, 2016

For almost a year, Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, had an email conversation where they discussed Vanderbilt's childhood, her marriages, and their family life together, including Cooper's struggle to come out to her as being gay. As Cooper was growing up, his mother never talked about her life, so this was his opportunity to ask her about some things they'd never discussed before. It was strange to me some of the things he never knew about - the custody battle between Vanderbilt's mother and aunt; her marriage to conductor Leopold Stokowski; her flings with Howard Hughes and Frank Sinatra (among others). The custody battle was termed the "trial of the century" when it was held in the 1930s, and Vanderbilt has been a favorite subject of paparazzi and gossip columnists for most of her adult life. It seems a bit naive of Cooper to not have some knowledge of his mother's past.
Having recently read George Hodgman's Bettyville, another mother/son memoir, it seems only right to compare the two. While Hodgman's book is narrative in style, a story of Betty's life, Cooper's and Vanderbilt's book is epistolary in nature - a back-and-forth of email messages, with an occasional explanatory note by Cooper. For a mother and son writing to each other, the language seems incredibly formal and stilted, but I imagine part of that is due to Vanderbilt's age, her reserved nature, and (possibly) the fact that these are, after all, members of the "upper crust" of society. (They're Vanderbilts, for crying out loud!) Nevertheless, the language style led me to wonder if the correspondents knew at the onset of their little email project that the result would be turned into a book; Vanderbilt especially sometimes seems as though she's making a speech at some charity event or seminar.
It was interesting to learn some new things about this family, and the Vanderbilts as a whole, and Gloria Vanderbilt seems like a genuinely nice person. And I've always liked Anderson Cooper. I did find interesting his comments on his own personal life - his financial frugality, and his comparison of his realistic view versus Vanderbilt's more optimistic one.

AL_MARIYA Nov 02, 2016

I picked up this book because I have always had a fascination with Anderson Cooper and follow him on CNN.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic conversation between him and his mother through e-mails. I associated the name Vanderbilt only with jeans, but not with great wealth and lavish life style. Details in her life and relationship with her son Anderson Cooper is so different, particularly when it came to life choices, family, and philosophy.
This is a deeply personal book and I read it in almost in one setting. Highly recommended.

Kyra_Audiophile Oct 18, 2016

Great audiobook narrated by the authors, Gloria Vanderbilt (mom) and Anderson Cooper (son) asking the personal questions via email about family for better understanding of each other and themselves.

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claire1953
Oct 16, 2016

It was only a few years ago that I discovered that Anderson Cooper was Gloria Vandebilt's youngest son. Because I follow Anderson on CNN, I had to read this "conversation " between a son and his mother. Through serious reflection on her life and pertinent comments and questions on the part of Anderson, the reader sees an already close relationship grow closer. One also understands what made this "Poor little rich girl" tick. Although born in a rich family, Gloria eventually understood that money is far from everything. A good, quick read.

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chloecat
Oct 16, 2016

Very good read......presents as a very honest discussion of their lives......I learned a lot more from her side of "the poor little rich girl" trial and spectacle of her youth . I have a great deal of admiration for them both......all the money in the world does not liberate you from life's tragedies, and they have had more than their share. Highly recommend .

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Butterfly121761
Sep 26, 2016

I couldn't get into it.

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