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Critical Praise

“Intriguing… an ideal Mother’s/Father’s Day gift, with the opening, ‘Let’s get to know each other better’…Affectionate, heartfelt, inspirational, and sometimes hilarious, the book’s message is that it is never too late to cultivate a new relationship with your family and break down those walls of silence.”

—Bay Area Reporter

“A beautiful book that will resonate for all generations, especially mothers and their sons…riveting, touching, dishy, funny and surprising.”

—Andy Cohen

“Fascinating, forthright, philosophical, and inspiring, these mother-and-son musings on family, life, death, forgiveness, fame and perseverance are at once uniquely personal and deeply human.”

—Booklist (starred review)

“[A] touching story…. Through greater openness, Cooper and Vanderbilt achieve a new closeness, demonstrating in this intimate and lively read that it’s never too late to have a rich relationship with family.”

—Publishers Weekly

“A layered mix of reminiscences, heart-rending revelations and apologia, all captured with unsparing candor…. Rainbows may in fact come and go, but this revealing take on the forces that shaped two dynamic lives promises to have real staying power.”

—AARP Magazine

“A remarkably frank and tender undertaking.”

—New York Times

“Meaningful, revealing...”

—Wall Street Journal

“This is a book like no other I have ever read…if any two people have lived through way more than their share of crises, singly and collectively, it is Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. Their brave engagement with what they confront so staunchly in this extraordinary dialogue leaves me quite simply awestruck.”

—Washington Times

“Memoir readers (and Hollywood fans) will appreciate this book, especially those interested in relationships between mothers and sons. A perfect Mother’s Day read.”

—Library Journal

“Entertaining and thoughtful moments exchanged between a mother and son who have spent much of their lives in the spotlight.”