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Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  1,040 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Jennifer Grant is the only child of Cary Grant, who was, and continues to be, the epitome of all that is elegant, sophisticated, and deft. Almost half a century after Cary Grant’s retirement from the screen, he remains the quintessential romantic comic movie star. He stopped making movies when his daughter was born so that he could be with her and raise her, which is just ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Knopf (first published April 15th 2011)
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Lynx
Jun 07, 2014 Lynx rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entire book can be summed up in one sentence. It is Jennifer Grant's love letter to her father Cary. Hearing someone gush about how wonderful their parent was can get pretty repetitive unless you also love that person. Lucky for me I do love Cary Grant and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the adorable stories Jennifer has shared in this book.

Cary fans will probably enjoy what this has to offer but those looking for a Grant biography should look elsewhere. There is no information on his upbringi
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Caitlin
It's almost funny to think that there was a time when I didn't know who Cary Grant was. In college, I took a class on 20th century American history. The big project was for everyone to choose a movie theme and write about how the movies represented their time period. My theme was "The Ideal Man," all about Cary Grant. I was supposed to watch three movies and ended up watching something around twenty. I bought and borrowed anything I could get my hands on, just to get more Cary. He has that kind ...more
Lisa
May 05, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok
This book was very disappointing. There was a lot of repetition, childish overtones and incomplete thoughts. I wonder where the editor was on this one! Although the perspective was a new one, Cary Grant's daughter, she did not provide complete background information to make a readable story. I think she assumed the reader would have know all about her father from previous books. But I would expect a whole lot of in depth information and tidbits from this book. Alas, they are not there in much de ...more
Elaine
Aug 17, 2011 Elaine rated it it was ok
Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's revealing to read memoirs of the rich and famous. Jennifer Grant's emotional bath about her obsession with her father is neither. It chronicles Cary Grant's obsession with her from her infancy on and hers with him. He had a roomsized bank vault in his home in which he deposited every scribble, note or drawing they made for each other, no matter how quotidian. He also taped or filmed Jennifer constantly.

There is nothing else here except details of their trips to
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GoldGato
Nov 12, 2011 GoldGato rated it it was amazing
First, let me state that I was stunned at the intelligence of the author, Cary Grant's daughter. Having worked in Hollywood and seen first hand how shallow and illiterate most of the celebrity offspring are, Jennifer Grant's book is a revelation in its simplicity, elegance, and directness. Rather like her father, in fact.

Reading this book at a time when even lower middle class families raise their daughters as spoiled self-entitled princesses, it's amazing that Jennifer Grant, a child of wealth,
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Ellie Revert
Jun 20, 2011 Ellie Revert rated it liked it
I love the idea that her dad, Cary Grant, retired when she was born. He was 62---she was his first and only child, and he wanted to be completely involved with her---what a brilliant idea---and she loved that about him. And much more. He was a good one for teaching life's lessons to her--things she can always fall back on. No negatives, so the story is a joy to read. Jennifer had her dad for 20 years, and treasured every one. "He was not a religious man, but had a generous spiritual nature." One ...more
Bobby Simic
Jun 05, 2011 Bobby Simic rated it liked it
Cary Grant's only child, Jennifer, recounts some of her fondest memories of and lessons taught by her movie star father. Unlike some memoirs by movie star children, this one explicitly doesn't dig up dirt and instead is a tribute to her father and a meditation on their relationship. When sharing these stories, Jennifer is always digging deeper in herself and searching for motives from her father, elevating the book above the typical, gossipy Hollywood literary fare .

I've always admired Cary Gra
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Amy
May 11, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I just got this book today and read it in one sitting. I have been a Cary Grant fan since I was a young child and my mother introduced me to the movie, Topper. When I saw this book, I knew it was going to be a must-read for me. I loved how Jennifer described life with her father. It was such a unique look at someone I have admired for so long and her memories made me fall for him even more. I find it so sweet that he went to such great lengths to preserve their time together. It made me look dif ...more
Susan
May 09, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
It was an odd little book - I expected more. The author's way of writing was all over the place. And it was almost scary how focused on his daughter CG was - almost a little creepy the way he saved every thing she ever wrote or did. In the middle there was at least some interesting insights about his last marriage and her mother but I was severely disappointed by this. Pictures were cute though.
Carina
May 13, 2011 Carina rated it it was ok
I just.. I don't know. It felt like she was unhappy with the world for loving her father, and that no one should adore him they way that she did. I mean, on the one hand I understand it, what with your father being Cary Grant.. but it was just too much. I found it repetitive and just wanted it to end about halfway through.
Carolyn Hammond
Aug 23, 2014 Carolyn Hammond rated it did not like it
A first time father in his 60s, Cary Grant retired to dote on his daughter and save every scrap of paper she doodled on. The daughter of privilege who adored her father and was jealous whenever anyone else took his time away from her, tells this story. Forced myself to read halfway to the photos and couldn't go any further.
Christine Grant
Apr 14, 2013 Christine Grant rated it it was ok
I thought that I would enjoy this book as I really like Cary Grant movies, but the book itself was quite boring. It was also a cautionary tale of why most people shouldn't wait until their sixties to have their first child. Cary seems obsessed with his daughter, and she seemed completely unprepared for his death which came in his eighties.
Zoe
Apr 09, 2014 Zoe rated it liked it
Interesting perspective on fame, especially coupled with "Dear Cary" by Dyan Cannon, the memoir by this author's mother and Cary Grant's fourth of five wives. There are a lot of similarities in little details and locations, but the contrast in perspective on the same man is fascinating, irrespective of fame. Obviously an adult wife will have a different experience than a daughter. Cary's insistence on treating Cannon as a child, a project of sorts, is what lead to their break up (and her break d ...more
Mike
Aug 17, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
GREAT stuff. Grant was a prince. A wise, cheerful, and inspiring father.
Writing is smart, memories are affecting. Would make an excellent book on tape,...interweave with the many home recordings Grant made.
30..active listening
42..thoughtless behaviour.."Oh, how unkind"
Grant & Sinatra ...flirted with almost everyone and everything, and life graciously flirted right back.
68..modulate your voice...spoke highly of economical gesture..don't distract from what you're saying with your hands. People
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Melissa Conner
Jun 02, 2011 Melissa Conner rated it really liked it
We all knew him as a suave, debonair, charmer of a man. He was the essence of “Hollywood”, always formally dressed, clean shaven, and ready to get the job done. However, not much is known about Cary Grant’s personal life. Everything from his sexual orientation to his family traditions and customs have been topics of speculation for decades.

While most of his sexual life still remains a mystery, the life Cary Grant treasured, his life off camera, has finally come to light. In her loving tribute to
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Raquel
May 18, 2011 Raquel rated it it was amazing
Good Stuff is unlike any other book you will ever come across. Reading it is a very intimate experience, one you share with the author. Jennifer Grant has given the public a peek into the love between a father and his only child. The father, Cary Grant, just happens to be one of the most famous, well-known and adored actors ever to have lived. We come to the book with a false sense of familiarity with Cary Grant only to discover that we didn't know about this part of his life at all.

Jennifer Gra
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Kathy
Feb 03, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
Drawing from her own memories and the astounding fund of notes, mementos, tapes and photos her father gathered for her, Jennifer Grant attempts to paint a portrait of her father as she knew him. If you think of this as a painterly work, in which the artist will work first on the face, then the hand, then a bit of clothing, it's a little easier to adapt to her very choppy style. She'll give a glimpse of her three-year-old self playing with her father, then jump to something that happened when she ...more
Kara
May 16, 2011 Kara rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a juicy tome of Cary Grant, silver screen star, then this book is not for you. The book contains no behind the scenes looks at one of Hollywood's leading men, no trip down Grant's childhood, and no account of the age-old lingering question of his sexuality (was he or wasn't he?). What you have is a sweet, loving account by Grant's only child of Cary Grant, man and father. Perhaps it is because I am now a parent myself, but this book really resonated with me, and I found my ...more
Kim
Aug 19, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
This was a strange book. Jennifer Grant painted a very pleasing and perfect picture of her childhood and her relationship with her father. I have to admit I started reading it not realizing who Jennifer Grant was or who her mother was. I don't think she ever said/wrote the name of her mother! After I quickly finished the book I googled Jennifer Grant and was shocked to recognize her and her mother!

The writing was crazy. And she would re-tell stories! What the heck? It was obvious she was educat
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Gayle
Sep 06, 2014 Gayle rated it liked it
Shelves: grant-cary
Interesting reminiscence by Grant's daughter, Jennifer, from his marriage to Dyan Cannon. It is admirable that he gave up acting at the age of 62 to focus on being a father to his beloved newborn, Jennifer. Father and daughter had an enviable relationship and shows that parenthood can bring out very good traits in our lives. Sadly, reading about the rest of Grant's life makes all that pale beside his five troubled marriages. He sounds like a very troubled drug user albeit an actor who I loved an ...more
Gina Dalfonzo
Aug 15, 2011 Gina Dalfonzo rated it really liked it
Sweet, poignant, and fun to read. As others have mentioned, Jennifer Grant's writing style is choppy and unfocused. (And in some ways, her thinking is more than a little fuzzy.) But this is a lovely portrait of a lovely relationship between dad and daughter, and thus very enjoyable for Cary Grant fans. Cary Grant as seen here is a cheerful, sensible, kind man, and a devoted dad, and that in itself makes this book a refreshing standout from the usual run of celebrity bios. Obviously Grant-as-dad ...more
Amy
Feb 25, 2016 Amy rated it did not like it
I've always been a fan of Cary Grant and there's no denying that he was a class act and great actor. But I can't say I enjoyed this book very much. It's always a risk reading about the personal lives of iconic figures that you'll see a whole different side of them. And while I understand this book was meant to allow his daughter a medium for her to share memories of the man she knew and loved, I was a little uncomfortable with some of the ways she described their relationship. What may have seem ...more
Barb Terpstra
Oct 24, 2012 Barb Terpstra rated it liked it
This book was only so-so for me. It was interesting how Cary became a father late in life, and doted on his only daughter. He had a special vault in which he stored all kinds of minutiae from her life - tapes he made from the time she was born, notes she wrote, etc. It almost, in my mind borders on the obsessive. It is clear that she loved him very much and still misses him. I can't say the writing was particularly engaging - but it seems to have been cathartic for her.
Nikki
Aug 06, 2011 Nikki rated it it was ok
This book left me with more questions than answers...I saw it as a narrow focus and maybe something she felt obligated to write not something that came from deep within...overall disappointing I am going to try and find out however the answers to my questions about him and not just how he raised Jennifer..which wasn't even very complete in that aspect at all.
Jennifer
May 22, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book -- and full of great examples of thoughtful, graceful parenting by Cary Grant. He clearly adored his daughter, by becoming a first time parent at age 61, he had the good sense to make every moment count. A really sweet book...
Randi
Sep 19, 2011 Randi rated it it was ok
I love me some cary grant, but found this memoir/autobiography disjointed and a little self-centered. (Can you even say that about an autobiography?) I guess I wanted more of a flow about Cary Grant's life, not lots of random snippets, out of order, about his daughter.
Angela D.
Jun 01, 2012 Angela D. rated it did not like it


Jennifer Grant is not a writer. However, I forced myself to suffer through phrases like "shot my figurative wad" and "all that...but no bag of chips" because Cary Grant is worth a swim through muck.
Margarita
May 29, 2014 Margarita rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a quick read. Grant obviously adores her father and there are some lovely memories she shares in this book. The only drawback is the writing and organization of ideas. A good editor could have cleaned this up to have made it a more cohesive read. As is, it rambles a lot.
Jill
Jan 14, 2012 Jill rated it it was ok
I don't usually read romance novels. I read celebrity bios. Like a romance novel, this book was to good to be true. Then again if I wanted truth why do I read celebrity bios?
Meagan
Aug 13, 2014 Meagan rated it it was ok
Not the greatest memoir that I have read...she isn't the greatest writer but it was interesting to get a glimpse into life with Cary Grant.
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Jennifer Grant is the daughter of actors Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon. Jennifer was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She graduated from Stanford with a degree in history. She worked in a law firm and as a restaurant chef, before becoming an actor.
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