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Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Must read!

I read this book over the father's day weekend. What a beautiful tribute to a father from a daughter. What a lucky girl to have such a wonderful father who loved her so much. This is a great read!

posted by katePA on June 20, 2011

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Not such good stuff...

While Jennifer clearly loved her high profile father and went on and on about her elite education and college at Stanford - this book would have been better served if she had majored in literature and possibly writing. Why she needed to mention, several times, that her ...
While Jennifer clearly loved her high profile father and went on and on about her elite education and college at Stanford - this book would have been better served if she had majored in literature and possibly writing. Why she needed to mention, several times, that her financial legacy from her father might be lacking because he remarried, I can't figure out. But clearly she intended to add to her financial situation by throwing together what memories she had and slamming them onto paper. I think his memory would have been better served if she had used a ghost writer, the book would certainly have been more interesting and in some kind of coherent order instead of the haphazard ramblings, interspersed with pleasant thoughts and extremely idealized recollections of her father. I'm sure he was a lovely guy, but really, he was just a human being. Not the god she describes. Don't look for any insights or anything new. This is just the way most daughters feel about their dads. Pure fluff.

posted by 7804698 on July 25, 2011

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    A bit disappointing but expected

    Ms. Grant definitely wrote from her heart. However, this book is more for herself than for Mr. Grant's many adoring fans. I can relate to Ms. Grant in many ways, having had a father I adored who was in his 40s when I was borm. I was the apple of my dad's eye, as was Ms. Grant, and can definitely understand her need to write this book. However, the book didn't reveal anything that fans of Mr. Grant wouldn't already guess or figure out after a chapter or two. The photos are charming and delightful; the personal notes are lovely. However, the context leaves the reader a bit bewildered.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Fans of Cary Grant will want to read this

    Only as a daughter could this book have been written. Forget all the rumors and enjoy this book. Always a Cary Grant fan, now a Jennifer Grant fan, also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    An endearing memoir from a devoted daughter. Not many girls woul

    An endearing memoir from a devoted daughter. Not many girls would have a father that retired so he could spend time with them, but that is exactly what Cary Grant did. I think his role as a father meant far more to him than his acting career ever did. I doubt that he thought that he would ever have a daughter and that seems to show up in this book. She is sharing her anecdotes about her father in what would seem to be an attempt to keep him in her life somehow and alive in her memory. It is an emotional tribute to her father. It is not great literature, but it never claimed to be. How many of us would be willing to allow the public to take a peek behind our treasured memories about the first love in our life? I read this because I not only like Cary Grant very much, but as a daughter of a man that was troubled and abusive, yet loved us, I often wish we had had the time to bond the way she had with her dad. I envy her that, and I enjoyed her delightful glimpses into her past - how lovely to see such love between a father and his only child. One gets a look at the private man, even though we certainly do not deserve it, or need to know, in the end, it was nice to see the doting dad behind the sophisticated image. A very human look at Archibald Leach, the man.

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