18 May 2011

Wishin' and Hopin': Good Stuff

This week, I'm thinking about:
Goodreads Blurb: "With the birth of his daughter, the sixty-three-year-old Cary Grant— still urbane, athletic, sublimely handsome, always self-effacing—retired from the screen to devote himself to his longed-for child.

In Good Stuff, Jennifer Grant writes of her enchanted but very real life with her father, playing, laughing, dining, and dancing together through the thick and thin of Jennifer’s growing up; the years of his work, his travels, his friendships with “old Hollywood royalty” (the Sinatras, the Pecks, the Poitiers, et al.) and with just plain old royalty (the Rainiers)...until Grant’s death at the age of eighty-two.

She writes of the love he showed her, the lessons he taught her, of his childhood as well as her own. Here are letters, notes, cards, and drawings from father to daughter and from her to him . . . photographs taken at home and on their many adventures . . . and bits of conversation between them (Cary Grant kept a tape recorder going for most of their time together).

Good Stuff captures the magic of a father’s devotion (and goofballness) and reveals a daughter’s special odyssey of loving, and being loved, by a dad who was Cary Grant."

Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of my Father, Cary Grant by Jennifer Grant

As a retro loving woman who recently lost her father, I am completely drawn to this book. While she only had roughly nineteen years with her father, it sounds like he made sure those years were rich and beautiful.

So I'm curious, what are you wishing and waiting for this Wednesday?

Credit: Thank you Hooked on Houses for bringing this book to my attention. Head over to Hooked on Houses to peak into Cary Grant's former home.

46 comments :

  1. Thanks for the introduction. I usually don't read books until they have been out for awhile. I don't know why. It's just how I roll. But this one sounds very interesting.

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  2. I am not much of a non-fiction reader, but I love Cary Grant and have since I was very young. I saw something about this book in a magazine this last week - People probably - and I noted it in my little book. Great choice!

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  3. I like the cover of this book and the story itself of course. Sounds interesting and a bit sad.

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  4. Oh, this one sounds like one I'd love! I've been drawn to celebrity memoirs for awhile.

    I remember when Jennifer Grant was a baby, and seeing photos of her with Cary Grant and her mother, Dyan Cannon.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love Cary Grant! I bet this memoir is going to be interesting. Thanks for sharing it!

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  6. My sister was just talking about that book! I bet it's a good one.

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  7. Ohh! I bet this will be a good one. My grandma loved some Cary Grant :)

    So sorry about your dad, Juju :( Big hugs coming your way!

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  8. Oh I must read this, Grant an actor I always admired....

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  9. Wow. This one definitely sounds like it's going to make me cry and then run to the phone to call my dad:) Love it. Thanks for sharing Juju!

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  10. I'm sorry to hear about your father, I lost mine 6 years ago and there is still a daddy shaped hole in my heart. The book sounds wonderful. My dad left his memoirs and I love reading them, it is very comforting.

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  11. i love watching cary grant movies but i didn't know cary grant has a daughter. great pick juju!

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  12. I don't read many memoirs, but I really want to read this one. I love Cary Grant!

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  13. Oh my goodness! I'd totally love to read this one! It sounds so so good! Great find. I know someone else who would love this and I may have to send them a copy as a surprise. :o)

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  14. My condolences Ju-Ju. I was not aware.


    I can see why you were drawn to this book, and agree it is something I would enjoy as well. didn't know he had a child at that age either!

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  15. This sounds fascinating...and I'm so sorry to hear of your loss

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  16. My grandmother always loved Cary Grant, so I'll be sure to look for this one -- for her and for me!

    Sending hugs your way.

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  17. Its always nice to hear about someone who was raised with someone from Hollywood and he/she believes that person did a good job - very much a rarity.

    PS: I'm so sorry to hear of your recent loss. I live with my dad and dread the day I will have to go through that.

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  18. I lost my mom less than two years ago, so I know what the pain of that is like. *hugs* Here's to the memories of our loved ones!

    Anyway, on a lighter note, I am your newest follower and congratulations for almost being to a thousand now! Please stop by my blog to follow me back, thanks.

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  19. Awww, this sounds wonderful....I'm adding it to my list. Great review, JuJu!

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  20. I want, oh everything as always ;)

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  21. I'm not really a non-fiction reader, but this book does sound interesting, if a bit sad. Great pick!

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  22. Sounds wonderful! I checked out his house and it's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. And sorry about your dad. Big Hugs!

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  23. I didn't know Cary Grant had a daughter. Will be checking this book out!

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  24. I love Cary Grant!! Just watched a movie with him in it last weekend, in fact. Fantastic star - - they don't make them like him any more.

    I am sorry to hear about your father, Juju. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  25. I've been a Cary Grant fan for years but I don't know that much about his personal life. This sounds like a really neat book.

    So sorry to hear about your dad, Juju.

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  26. I heart Cary Grant so much, and this book looks like it will make me like him even more. Great pick!

    I'm sorry about your father, Juju.

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  27. This book sounds great and I hope it helps you through this difficult time. Thinking of you!

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  28. I love me some Cary Grant. This sounds right up my alley - not for my blog, but for me ;)

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  29. Wow, this looks like it's going to be a great one! Love Cary Grant---he's a BIG part of my very favorite era of Hollywood!

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  30. Awww. There's an abundance of cute & caring on your site right now I don't know what to compliment first! :P Sounds like a great book and I'm so glad you have a button for the tornado victims.

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  31. This sounds like such an interesting memoir. I do love to read about a daddy's girl! I was 28 when I lost my father, and yet in grieving I felt like a child again . . .

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  32. This is one I would read. I love Cary Grant.

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  33. Fab find, Juju. I can certainly see why this one speaks to you and what a great reason to step back from the limelight...family. Happy reading! {hugs}

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  34. Awe hun. *hugs*

    I bet you could find some good messages about between a father and a daughter in this one. Hope you get it soon.

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  35. Oh Juju so sorry about you father *big big hug* This sounds like a book I would love since I'm a fan of his. Thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

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  36. This is the kind of books I absolutely love. The little stories about people we heard about and/or admired which make them human beings.

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  37. awww, sounds like a sweet one. and the pictures inside must be gems. love to read about this side of cary too. good pick.

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  38. Love Cary Grant! My favorite Cary Grant movie is An Affair to Remember. These books sounds fabulous!

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  39. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, Juju. Sending you a gazillion hugs and nothing but positive vibes. Good Stuff sounds heartwarming. I would definitely love to check it out. =)

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  40. Cary Grant was always sooo easy on the eyes -- still is! I can't imagine having such a famous father as he was. How nice to see he was genuine and focused.

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  41. All: Thanks ladies for all your awesome comments and support :) *group hug*

    Creations: Ahhhh too cool :)

    Bermuda: Great mind think alike :)

    Christie Enthusiast, Meredith, Blueice, & Christina T.: Thanks doll :) *hug*

    Kaye: Amen. A "daddy shapped hole" is a perfect way to put it. I have good days and bad days. How cool that you have his memoirs?! What a special gift.

    Chelley & Midnight: I didn't either ;)

    1stdaughter: I hope you do :)

    Jenny Girl, Bere, & Jill: Thanks sweetie :) *hug*

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