My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A deeply personal and intimate discussion between a mother and son. Before reading, I knew very little about both Anderson Cooper and his mother, other than watching the movie, Little Gloria Happy at Last. It is a truly fascinating and at times very heart wrenching book to read. I admired how they discussed their differences with love and respect and such openness and honesty. It's the type of discussion all children should have with their parents. I personally wish my parents were still alive so that I could get to know them as human beings, not just as my parents. Fascinated by Gloria's unusual upbringing , the trials she faced, and how no matter what she was able to still be such an optimistic person. Such pain and rawness when she talks about the fact that she thinks life for the boys would have been better if she had died and not Anderson's dad. She also has some very wise ideas about forgiveness. The book did leave me feeling rather bereft at times for the many lost opportunities and talks left unsaid for Gloria as a child and young adult that could have resulted in so many positive changes. But Anderson has benefited by opening up the dialogue and showing us that it is never too late to open up and talk. Also showed me how lucky I was to be raised in the meager, but open and loving family that I was.
"I've at last come to know that forgiveness is much simpler than I could ever have imagined: whatever problems you have with someone, project yourself into the other person and seeit from their point of vies." "When you do this , good and evil shuffle into patterns and you are capable of forgiving trespasses."
"None of us chooses the situation into which we are born. To think that if you are from a rich family you should not want to achieve something on your own is foreign idea to me."
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