Very touching and intriguing memoir between Anderson Cooper and his 91 year old mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, both famous in different fields. It consists of a year long email exchanges after Gloria suffers a brief but serious illness. In those emails, Anderson asked intimate questions regarding his mom's legendary life and Gloria answered with surprising honesty and deep emotion.
Although born with silver spoon in mouth, Gloria's experienced a lot in her almost 92 years' life. Her father was alcoholic and suicided when she was only 15 months old. Her mother became homosexual and always being distant in her life. One of her sons suicided at the age of 21......all those painful losses' shaped her life and she still managed to maintain optimism towards tragedies and triumphs.
In contrast with Gloria's dreamy and impulsive personality, Anderson's developed a rational and precise personality, which also makes him an excellent anchor. Interestingly, Anderson explains his conservatism with an exotic cultural phenomena. 'When you see a cute baby in Cambodia, you don't say what a beautiful baby, instead you should say how ugly the baby is!'--I couldn't help laughing out. Do you ever know Anderson believes in superstition like this? LOL