Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein (Author)

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$17.99  $16.55
Harper Paperbacks
Publish Date
June 11, 2019
5.2 X 1.2 X 7.9 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Steve J. Sherman is a photographer, concert producer, and activist. As a photographer in the performing arts since 1983, he is widely recognized for his long-term associations with Carnegie Hall and The New York Times. His photos have been featured in and on countless publications, books, recordings, TV documentaries, and in two feature films, and exhibited in museums, concert halls, and galleries worldwide. His acclaimed coffee-table book Leonard Bernstein at Work: His Final Years 1984-1990 (Amadeus Press, 2010) features all his own photography, and he is proud to now feature other peoples photography in this, his second book.www.stevejsherman.com Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, filmmaker, and concert narrator. In addition to writing her many articles and concert narrations, Jamie travels extensively, speaking about music as well as about her father, Leonard Bernstein. Jamie's film documentary, Crescendo: the Power of Music has won numerous prizes, and is now viewable on Netflix. Jamie's memoir, Famous Father Girl, was published by HarperCollins in June of 2018. More about Jamie's multifaceted life can be found on her website: www.jamiebernstein.net.


"Seduction might have been his greatest talent, one countered by his daughter's aptitude for truth-telling. Her memoir portrays a man whose weaponized ego fits perfectly into American celebrity culture, but it's also a story of how his daughter survived that ego to become her own woman, even as she remains intent on keeping her father's legacy alive. By preserving his legacy, Jamie honors her father as both a great talent and a complex human being."--Washington Post
"An intimate look at the famous, and famously private, musician, whose 7 Emmys only begin to scratch the surface of his musical achievements."--Vanity Fair
"Yes, Famous Father Girl is a love letter. It is also honest."--WOSU Radio
"Making her literary debut, broadcaster and filmmaker Jamie Bernstein offers an intimate, gossipy, and candid memoir of growing up the eldest child of renowned conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).... A cleareyed portrait of a spirited, and troubled, family."--Kirkus
"[In Famous Father Girl, ] Bernstein paints a fascinating picture of the dizzying magic that Leonard Bernstein brought to his music--and the complexity to his home life."--Publishers Weekly
"Famous Father Girl paints a winning picture of the Bernstein family, especially her parents, the much-celebrated Lenny and the much-loved Felicia, while offering a poignant take on the complexities of growing up as the child of a legend--or, for that matter, as anybody's child."--Adam Gopnik
"Bernstein's jaw-dropping honesty and humor gives us the best example of the 'growing up famous' genre since Brooke Hayward's classic Haywire."--John Guare
"Jamie Bernstein's book about her fabled father not only takes us closer to Leonard Bernstein than anything yet published but stands by itself as a beautifully written and unflinchingly courageous expression of love, exasperation, amazement and forgiveness."--Tim Page, Professor of Journalism and Music at the University of Southern California