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Anne's Favorite Memoirs Book Club

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Anne’s choice for February is Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein by Jamie Bernstein.

Bernsein offers a rare look at her father, Leonard Bernstein, on the centennial of his birth in her deeply intimate and evocative Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.

In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein invites us into her family’s glamorous world. But this is also the story of a young girl who herself caught the creative bug and the desire to express herself musically. And the tension of doing so, while living under the shadow of the country’s most renowned musician, forms this memoir’s emotional core.

The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth century America. A fantastic set of characters populated his world—the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall, among them. But to his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was above all the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes; the jokester and compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles; the insomniac whose 4 a.m. composing breaks involved spooning baby food out of the jar. He taught his daughter to love the world in all its beauty and complexity, even when his own personal torments—his conflicted sexuality, his insecurity, his vanity—threatened to tear apart the fabric of their family. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life.

About book club leader Anne Arsenault:

A New England native, Anne Arsenault had an academic career teaching English. Later, after receiving a doctorate in Adult Education she developed programs for adult learners. In retirement she has continued to teach and write, having just finished a CD of her poetry. Anne previously led the popular Lifelong Learning Academy Book Club.

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