Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Growing Up Laughing

Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review - Growing Up Laughing

About the Book
Growing Up Laughing is a compelling autobiographical journey—hilarious and heartfelt, intimate and inspiring. It is a book that only Marlo Thomas could write.

For as long as Thomas can remember, she’s lived with laughter. Born to comedy royalty—TV and nightclub star Danny Thomas—she grew up among legendary funny men, carved much of her career in comedy and, to this day, surrounds herself with people who love and live to make others laugh. Thomas takes us on a funny and heartwarming adventure, from her Beverly Hills childhood, to her groundbreaking creation of That Girl and Free to Be . . . You and Me, to her marriage to talk-show king Phil Donahue.

Her youth was star-studded—Milton Berle performed magic tricks (badly) at her backyard birthday parties. George Burns, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, Bob Newhart and other great comics passed countless hours gathered around her family’s dinner table. And behind it all was the rich laughter nurtured by a close and loving family.

Growing Up Laughing is not just the story of an iconic entertainer, but also the story of comedy. In a voice that is curious, generous and often gleeful, Thomas not only opens the doors on the funny in her own life, but in a series of insightful and hilarious interviews also explores the comic roots of today’s most celebrated comedians.

My Take on the Book
Marlo Thomas is an actress that I grew up knowing. I loved the fact that I got the opportunity to read this in-depth novel that really gave any fan insight that you would typically not get without reading such a tell-all book. I loved reading about her childhood as well as the television shows that many people grew up on and what went into them that made them as special as they were.

The book was well written and mixed personal insights with humor and before long I even found myself laughing aloud as I read through many sections of this book. I have to be honest and say that prior to reading this, I did not know what to expect, but coming out after finishing the book, I can say that I was impressed and I know that others that read this after me will be dually impressed.

If you are already a fan of Marlo Thomas or you simply enjoy reading about the lives of the stars you will enjoy this memoir, and you will find yourself laughing as I was before you know it.
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