Famous Father Girl, Bernstein
Author: Jamie Bernstein
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins (2019)
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 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.
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 late-night composing breaks involved spooning baby food out of the jar. He taught his daughter to love the world in all its beauty and complexity. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life.
In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites the reader into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins’ lives, including the Kennedys, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins.