Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant
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Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant

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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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Caitlin Opeil
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
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
Zil
This was a good book. I loved hearing about how Ms. Grant grew up with all the luxuries of life an turned out so well.
I was also blown away by how much of a devoted dad Cary Grant had been to her-he seemed to exemplify fatherhood at its best. It was sweet to hear how he documented every moment of her life on film and with photos, letters and notes that he kept in a vaulted room so nothing would be destroyed.
I also loved how he would meet her on the school bus route every day to wave hello and re...more
Elaine
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...more
Gayle
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
GoldGato
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,...more
Bobby Simic
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...more
Raquel
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...more
Kathy
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
Kim
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...more
Amy
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
Gina Dalfonzo
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
Zoe
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
Rama
The Life of a Hollywood Icon

Cary Grant is one of the brilliant actors who donned the silver screen for over 30 years. He had the good fortune of working with some of the most beautiful and talented women of Hollywood. Yet his personal life intrigued many fans and his co-stars for years. Various authors have addressed these questions, but it is nice to know what his daughter has to say about these rumors. She describes Cary Grant as "a happy father." A significant part of the book is about Grant...more
Nikki
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
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...
Jill
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?
Melissa Conner
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...more
Dawn
Jul 16, 2011 Dawn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cary Grant fans!
Recommended to Dawn by: I love Cary Grant!
Cary Grant is one of my favorite actors & "Penny Serenade" is one of my all time favorite movies. Jennifer Grant wrote a wonderful book about the love she had for her father and the amazing love he had for her. Jennifer filled the book with beautiful memories of the time they spent together. It was nice to read a book where the child didn't trash the parent after they had died and were not able to defend themselves. She only lightly touched and then dispelled on the rumors of her father. One...more
Heidi
I think the best part about this book was that I could hear Cary Grant's voice. I could clearly envision him as the amazing father that Jennifer Grant was blessed to have. And it was so nice to think that a man I came to love on film for his quirks and silliness and wit were actually not just who he was, but also part of his being a father. Delightful! What amazing treasures Ms. Grant has to keep her father alive.

It wasn't the best writing I've encountered, since a couple times it switched to a...more
Mike
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...more
Pat
A warm hearted story of paternal love and devotion reciprocated by Cary's beloved Jennifer. I am a father of 3 adult children and I found myself continually pausing in my reading to wish that I had done some of the things that Cary Grant had done (collecting memorabilia, making audio and videotapes, saving letters) not for his own benefit but for Jennifer's reflection later on in her life when he knew he wouldn't be around. My only criticism's of this book are that it could have benefited by som...more
Ellie Revert
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
Robin
I went into this looking to discover another side of the well-loved Cary Grant (and found it), but did not find (nor truthfully, expect) any great writing ability. But that's okay. Jennifer wrote this for herself, and to share with us her very special dad.

And her dad REALLY loved her. His affection shines through on every page.

This book is filled with her memories, some insights, and a lot of tender "I miss you, Dad" moments. I didn't realize how much she looks like her mother, Dyan Cannon. The...more
Barb
A wonderfully written tribute by his only daughter, as you read the book you can hear Cary Grant's voice in dialogue of memories she shares. (as least those of us that love his movies can). Cary Grant retired at the age of 62 following the birth of his only daughter, at a time when he was still a highly sought after actor. Her biography of him is warm, well written and a tribute to him and his fatherhood. In a time when so many others have chosen to write negative bashing books on their famous p...more
Jean Barrington
I haven't really read a biography in years, I'd forgotten how enjoyable they can be. This one on Cary Grant was lovely. If you are seeking gossip and dirt - don't bother reading this because it is the lovely story of a father as remembered by his daughter. She doesn't frost it, meaning she acknowledges his weak points, but she doesn't dwell on them.
It is delightful to realize that Cary Grant retired to raise his one and only child when she was born in his 62nd year. I am not sure that I persona...more
Kara
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
Bob
Ican't imagine this being of interest to anyone, but the author, family and friends. Without having any frame of reference written into it, it's simply incomprehensible. Maybe that is what memoirs are that are not written about the author. A memoir written about one's self is an autobiography pretty much as I can tell from my reading. Those memoir/ autobiographies are chronological histories beginning at least two generations before the author was born. Without that what's the point? This memoir...more
Kristin
Really enjoyable book. If you're looking for behind the scenes stories and information about Cary Grant, his films, his costars, etc., you won't find it here. He was somewhere around 62 when his daughter was born, and he retired to be with her. She barely mentions his previous life as an actor, because she wasn't around for that and it wasn't really important to her. But what you will find are little stories about Cary Grant as a loving father, carefully preserving nearly everything about his da...more
Margarita
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.
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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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