Among My Souvenirs: The Real Story Vol. 1

Among My Souvenirs: The Real Story Vol. 1

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The Connie Francis Story is an American story. Born into a blue-collar Italian family at the end of the Great Depression, she went on to unimaginable heights of success. Along this extraordinary journey of her life she experienced the highest of peaks and the deepest of valleys—the stuff of both dreams and nightmares. Through her eyes, readers have a front row seat to many of the greatest public and private moments in American history and popular culture. Visiting American Bandstand, The Copacabana, Las Vegas and The Ed Sullivan Show, all at their respective heights, readers will experience the unparalleled achievements in her glorious career. Conquering wildly-enthusiastic audiences throughout the world, Connie's international celebrity is one unrivaled by any recording artist to this very day. She is, in fact, the best-selling female artist in history, recording in 12 different languages. She shares with unusual candor and rare insight the juxtaposition that existed in her personal life. While the love affair with her audience was exhilarating, truly gratifying and omnipresent, fulfilling romantic relationships in her personal life always eluded her...with the exception of her one true love, Bobby Darin—a love destroyed by her domineering father, with whom she had a complicated and often troubling relationship. Her willingness to expose the most private aspects of her life with extraordinary honesty and often painful reflection is both startling and courageous. She also experienced an endless series of life-altering tragedies. A horrifying rape, the murder of her beloved brother, Georgie, at the hands of the Mafia, four failed and despairing marriages... All are chronicled with unstinting candor, a deep sense of resentment, and even under the most terrifying and unimaginable set of circumstances, her very rare sense of humor shines through. Her celebrity allowed her to rub elbows with presidents, royalty, the top echelon of the Mob, and every iconic showbiz figure of the era. The stories she shares with an extraordinary cast of characters are, indeed, funnier, stranger and often far more shocking than fiction. Few stars have experienced the rollercoaster ride that marked the life of Connie Francis. Fewer still possess the willingness, wit, insight, intellect and disarming self-deprecation to write a book of such unflinching nature. It is truly a joyful, comedic and emotionally disturbing book to read. Far more horrifying than any best-selling writer of fiction would dare to contemplate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999238912
Publisher: Concetta Literary Corporation
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Series: Among My Souvenirs , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 265,530
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Connie Francis (born Concetta Rose Marie Franconero, December 12, 1937) was the top-charting female vocalist of the late 1950s and 1960s. Throughout that period she was also the most versatile, with a succession of albums of widely differing genres that remain stock catalog items to the present day. She became the inspiration for many of the world's leading songwriters who, five decades on, continue to praise and thank her for what they consider to be definitive treatments of their works. An American icon in the truest sense of that term, she is now popularly and lovingly referred to as The Legendary Connie Francis.

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Among My Souvenirs: The Real Story Vol. 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent autobiography by Connie Francis. Connie takes us right into her world, all written by her hand, filled with lots of humor, some sadness and also intrigue. She writes it the way the people in her life spoke, with their Newark, N.J. accents and all. It is a long book but an easy read, with comfortable print. There are great photos inside, dispersed throughout the book to correspond with whatever story she is telling at the time. I didn't want the book to end and I can't wait for Vol. II. I highly recommend it.
jim11 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Has many surprises that you would never attribute to Connie Francis. She, at one time, was the most popular female singer in the world and her life seemed to be a fantasy. This book put it all in perspective and is very well written with pathos and humor. Loved it a lot. Was told more volumes coming and look forward to the continuing story. Would highly recommend this book to any Connie Francis fan or anyone who enjoys a good read. This certainly is one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story telling. So exciting to read about the life of one of our living legends. Her stories of her dad, Don RIckles, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Ed Sullivan are just a few of the wonderful life stories of this beautiful lady. Connie's music graced the air waves from the late 50's to the Seventies when it all stopped because of an awful rape in 1974 which ended her career for a time. But she bounced back with determination with great support. This is a wonderful biography that everyone will get something out of. Connie has weathered the storm and here to tell about it in her own words. Written with humor and candor and humility. I love this lady. The book is big with nice big print and tons of great pictures never before seen. Come taste what life on her side was like in the 60's you won't be bored that's for sure.
A3z8p4u1X2L6f9y5G8b0S7cKu More than 1 year ago
Love Connie`s book its like her life was jumping right off the pages at me.Its an excellent read.I was unable to put out it down I was consumed by it,her story was revealing, funny, witty, sad all that is Connie Francis!! I recommend it highly you will find her story intriguing and so wonderfully expressed.This is Vol 1 of 3 and I`m ready for more.Thank you