The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria VanderbiltThe Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
Published by HarperCollins on January 1st 1970
Genres: Biography, Memoir, Nonfiction
Pages: 309
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A touching and intimate correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, offering timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their lives.

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a year-long conversation unlike any they had ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

Both a son’s love letter to his mother and an unconventional mom’s life lessons for her grown son, The Rainbow Comes and Goes offers a rare window into their close relationship and fascinating life stories, including their tragedies and triumphs. In these often humorous and moving exchanges, they share their most private thoughts and the hard-earned truths they’ve learned along the way. In their words their distinctive personalities shine through—Anderson’s journalistic outlook on the world is a sharp contrast to his mother’s idealism and unwavering optimism.

An appealing memoir with inspirational advice, The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautiful and affectionate celebration of the universal bond between a parent and a child, and a thoughtful reflection on life, reminding us of the precious insight that remains to be shared, no matter our age.

Before starting this book I did not know that much about Gloria Vanderbilt and her Anderson Cooper. Of course I had heard about them, first, the Vanderbilt’s in my history books in school, and then Anderson Cooper from watching CNN.

The format of this book really intrigued me as well. It is an oncoming email conversation between Gloria and Anderson. The book is also sprinkled with photos. A lot of things that Anderson did not know about his mother are revealed in the book as well.

Gloria had a really different upbringing than most people of her age. Between a very public custody battle trial and a dysfunctional mother, things were never easy for her. But in the book, she really recalls how each part of her childhood, as well as her early adult life, contributed to the person she is today.

Anderson Cooper and his mother have an open and real conversation and this book and it really hits home. Being able to talk freely and openly with family is important before it is too late. There were sometimes times in the book that there was just raw emotion and real truth on the page, it was touching.

Overall the book was interesting, I was always finding something new out. I enjoyed that there were photos sprinkled throughout the book. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes nonfiction. There was a lot of interesting insights inside of this book, and I found it all fascinating.

four-stars

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