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Stories from Candyland: Confections from One of Hollywood's Most Famous Wives and Mothers

2.54  ·  Rating Details ·  926 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews

Carole Gene Marer spent her girlhood dreaming of meeting Rock Hudson, but when she finally had the chance—on a date with her future husband, television mogul Aaron Spelling—she was so shy she hid all night in the powder room. How Candy morphed from that quiet girl into a stylish trophy wife, mistress and designer of the largest house in Los Angeles (70,000 square feet

Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 31st 2009)
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Jessica Lawlor
Let it be known that I only tried to read this book because I love Tori Spelling and her books and I wanted to try to see her mom’s side of the story. I was really interested in reading what Candy had to say about Tori and their relationship. I wasn’t really interested in Candy’s actual story because to be honest, she doesn’t interest me.

After reading a few pages, I knew this book wasn’t for me. I knew I wasn’t going to make it through the entire book and I HATE not finishing a book. However, I
Apr 15, 2009 Veronica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only read this book after reading Tori Spelling's book,"sTori Telling" to see what her mother had to say. This book was so so so boring. I learned that Candy Spelling has way too many collections.

Also, what I found disheartening was that Candy never even mentioned "Nanny" who was Tori's African-American nanny for many years. The nanny who happened to go by the name "Nanny" has already passed away. I think Candy could have at least acknowledged the woman who spent so many years raising Candy's
Nov 17, 2009 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read both of Tori's books and I was curious to read about Candy's version. I picked this one up with and open mind and tried not to be influenced by too many reviews. It seems that most people who have read Candy Spelling's memoir tend to give it more negative reviews than positive. I read this book for entertainment purposes and to hear what Candy had to say about her life. I was not going into this hoping to read the best work of literature ever published, nor did I have any unrealistic ...more
May 13, 2013 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Being a big fan of Tori Spelling's books - I know, how embarrassing - I've been interested in reading her mother's memoir for quite some time now. I'd held off because I heard it was terrible, but finally decided to give it a try; after all, how bad could it really be?

It was even worse than I imagined.

This was just laughingly bad. It was one of the worst written books I've ever read, to the point that it was actually painful to read. I was expecting Candy to be a nutcase witch, as she is often p
May 31, 2009 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Stories from Candyland” is an unexpected and seemingly forthright tale of a woman, raised in the fifties to be the best wife and mother she could be, who is catapulted into a Hollywood dream life. She describes herself as a “shy girl,” one who fantasized about movie stars and the Hollywood life, and who pored over movie magazines as a teenager.

Told in an organized fashion, this tale glides over the various aspects of this fairytale existence; she very deftly skirts the parenting issues, focusin
Jun 21, 2009 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh. my. gawd. I totally get it now, Tori.

I should've listened to the other reviewers and not wasted my money on this book. But curiosity got the better of me. I was hoping to understand from Candy's point of view what went wrong with her relationship with Tori. And now I know: Tori's mom has a serious personality disorder. At the very least, she lacks the compassion gene. And the maternal gene. And the human gene. She just doesn't get it.

Candy Spelling made a feeble attempt to excuse some of her
Judy Chauvin
Aug 02, 2009 Judy Chauvin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Allison Herman
Candy Spelling has not had a very rough life, although she would like you to think she has. She was a model at a young age and fawned over Rock Hudson as a teen. She eventually gets to meet him (how many people can say they've met their celebrity crushes?) but we're supposed to feel sorry for her because her nerves got the better of her and she didn't speak to him. They did become friends later in life. Sorry, Candy, no pity from me.
Her direct comments about/to her daughter are cringe worthy. I
Aug 01, 2009 Kristina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know, total crap. But I want to hear her side after reading Tori's book. I checked it out from the library so she won't make any money. How could she possibly defend herself?

Well she doesn't defend herself. She barely responds to the things Tori says in her book. She just says "poor me, my daughter is so mean to me in the press." I never felt sorry for her. What it comes down to is she is an insecure, people pleasing, self-absorbed person. I also might even claim that she boarderline lies or a
May 28, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had there been a half option, I would have opted for 1.5 stars. While the book was not horrible, I just was not that into it. I wanted to give Candy a "fair shake" and get her side of things on what Tori had published in her books. I found this book to dig at Tori, often at odd times. Tori seemed to be more objective than her mother. This may be because I like Tori better than her mother. Candy also seemed to complain about her life with Aaron, and how she had to go to all these Hollywood events ...more
Apr 16, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for loads of celebrity gossip this is not the book for you. However, if you are merely looking to gain insight into the drama of the Spelling family this book provides subtle insights. Though this book is clearly meant as a rebuttal to her daughter’s first autobio, it in fact cements the claims made by her daughter. I loved it. And tried one of her recipes and it was a total success. Random.
Mar 08, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really tried to give this a fair shake. Now I just dislike Candy Spelling more than before. This is a very bizarrely organized book, and considering it was ghostwritten, it could have been much better. Is it so wrong to write an autobigraphy in a logical order?
And she is so clearly livid at Tori and made all sorts of passive aggressive comments.

Needless to say, I'm sure this is a bestseller and I'm grateful to the LA Public Library for buying this so I could read it.
Jun 02, 2009 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy clearly runs in the family. This book is written in total old-lady rambling stream-of-consciousness style, which makes it difficult to skip to the good stuff. Candy will be describing her expensive ceramic figurines and their thoughts and feelings (seriously, she makes up pasts and romantic stories for inanimate objects) in painstaking detail and then all of a sudden will be all, "Tori is the worst daughter ever and I hate her." (paraphrase)
Feb 11, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly written as a response to all the bad press she was getting from her daughter. Wish she could have talked more about her husband and their relationship. She repeated stories throughout the book and the last chapter about the glories of being a baby boomer was not necessary. Overall, I think she has gotten a bad rap in the past. She is clearly her mother's daughter just as Tori is..whether she will admit it or not.
Jun 18, 2009 Mari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
read in an effort to be fair & balanced since I also plan to read the Tori book. It was horrible. Funny but horrible. And funny because it's basically a self-righteous justification for odd choices. Oh and [random!:] there were a bunch of great recipes in the book.
Amy Pratt
Oct 21, 2012 Amy Pratt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really, really good. A whole lot different than I thought it would be. Gave me a different perspective on Candy Spelling than the one I gleaned from the Tori Spelling book, TV show and what the tabloids say. She is a class act for sure!
Jun 18, 2009 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to punch themselves in the face
Wow, anyone can get a book deal these days. Horrible, choppy writing with no organization (despite her "cleverly" titled chapters). An absolute monstrosity.
Download to iPhone through Kindle/purse book (but really, reading in bed because books are too hard to hold book).

So, so bad.
Jun 03, 2009 Dominique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book is quite possibly the worst, most embarrassing book I have EVER read. Candy Spelling makes Tori look like a genius.
Jan 30, 2013 Brittany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even bring myself to finish this... It just seems like a lot of rankings about her collections. I enjoyed Tori Spelling's books but this should have been called Crazy Land...
Mar 27, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading both of Tori's books and watching her show, I wanted to see Candy's reaction to Tori's comments/stories about her childhood. Really though, there is no point to read Candy's book. She barely discusses her children.
**Possible Spoilers**
Here is what I did learn: her house is 56,500 sf; her attic at The Manor is 17,000 (with a salon; she is down sizing to a 17,000 sf condo (what will she do???); her husband, Aaron, was the king of ABC in the mid-80s - one third of their prime time in
Sep 15, 2010 Kourtney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am conflicted with how to write this review. On one hand all I wanted was a Tori Spelling rebuttal. Candy knew that was what we were all hoping for and banked on that and instead told us very boring stories about her life. I'll save you the misery and give you the bottom line - she's shy, she listens, she has money. On the other hand I was getting annoyed because she would say she wanted Tori to stop talking about her and "rewriting history" yet then she would tell a rebuttal Tori story. If yo ...more
This is Candy Spelling's first book. I have already read her second book. This book also covered her marriage to Aaron Spelling and how it changed her life. From what she describes, she adored her husband but learned that working behind the scenes was best. Aaron wanted her by his side almost all the time. She got involved in buying the gifts for the all clients and employees, creating dramatic dinner parties, always being dressed to perfection and being the perfect wife and hostess. In spite of ...more
Ket Lamb
Jun 08, 2010 Ket Lamb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you've followed Tori Spelling's on-again/off-again feud with her mom, Candy, on the Oxygen's "Tori & Dean," you may want to balance out the picture by reading Candy's version. Don't expect lots of juicy gossip about all those Spelling TV stars, though. A silent, supportive wife to her famous, prolific, husband, Candy remains practically mum about anything interesting except to explain why her attic at The Manor could have been mistaken for Home Depot. 100s of light bulbs, dozens and dozen ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Barbara rated it it was ok
A couple of the recipes look pretty good, I wrote a few of them down to try. That's the most valuable thing I got from this book. It's mainly about her stuff - how she got it, where she keeps it, how she feels about it. She seems very shallow and extremely materialistic. One weird thing I noticed is everything is "my". Normal people would say for example "I went to the garage and got in the car" where she says "I went to my garage and got in my car". The word 'my' must appear in the book 5000 ti ...more
Jul 17, 2009 Rhonda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I tried to like this book, I am such a fan of the whole 90210 saga, so I immediately gobble up anything that is written about any of the former cast members and Tori has certainly been out there lately, and I like her. I really enjoyed her books, with the exception that she really seemed to have issues with her mother and made some very negative statements about Candy Spelling, so I wanted to be fair and read Candy's story. She makes as many negative comments about Tori as Tori does about her mo ...more
Jan 12, 2016 V rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God...what a waste of paper and ink. Right out of the chute, Candy admits to being a trophy wife and "liking it" (gak!) and honestly, this has to be one of the dumbest memoirs I've ever read. She chronicles a month long trip across the US and to Europe, describing what she BOUGHT (small motorized European cars for the kids to ride in, clothes at CHANEL, etc.) What about the monuments, cathedrals, museums? Does anyone out here want to read about her "collections"? If so, you can read pages and pa ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Terri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this one and a half stars. I had low expectations, but after reading both of Tori Spelling's books to date I felt compelled to hear her mother's POV (debating to read Aaron's autobiography). At least this was a quick read finished in a few hours. Besides the fact that it wasn't written very well, it was pretty boring. I can only assume Candy was trying to keep up her "sweet, shy Candy" personae and didn't really want to dish the dirt on Hollywood celebrities. The most interestin ...more
Jun 02, 2014 Renee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps this story would be better named "Fantasy Land" because this is the world where this woman truly lives. A collection of random inserts from Candy Spelling (wife to Hollywood genius movie mogul Aaron Spelling) from Candy's privileged life, with a collection of recipes circa 1975 that sound as unappetizing as my mothers tuna casserole.

The author recently said that she has "found her voice" and that is unfortunate as silence suited her better.

Sadly after reading this book, it solidified th
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TV star, producer, author, public servant, wife, mother, designer, blogger—Candy Spelling has performed more roles than the busiest actresses in her beloved Los Angeles, becoming one of the city’s most iconic women in the process.

Candy’s (née Carole Gene Marer) life has been colorful, glamorous, sometimes dramatic and always full-to-the-brim. Born and raised in LA, she excelled in school cooking a
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