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The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss

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Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt

6 Hours 17 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

April 2016

Audio Book Summary

A touching and intimate correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, offering timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their lives

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a year-long conversation unlike any they had ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

Both a son's love letter to his mother and an unconventional mom's life lessons for her grown son, The Rainbow Comes and Goes offers a rare window into their close relationship and fascinating life stories, including their tragedies and triumphs. In these often humorous and moving exchanges, they share their most private thoughts and the hard-earned truths they've learned along the way. In their words their distinctive personalities shine through-Anderson's journalistic outlook on the world is a sharp contrast to his mother's idealism and unwavering optimism.

An appealing memoir with inspirational advice, The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautiful and affectionate celebration of the universal bond between a parent and a child, and a thoughtful reflection on life, reminding us of the precious insight that remains to be shared, no matter our age.

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  • Caroline O\'Sullivan

    Excellent story that is told so honestly between a mother and son \"whom I had no knowledge of as I live in Europe\". I feel that the story is being told directly to me. Great incite into the life of someone you felt had it all where riches are concerned and the truth is money doesn\'t solve everything. Only Love and the challenge along with it is a good prescription for happiness. May they have many years ahead together as mother and son.

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  • Matthew Quraishi-Landes

    Well written and narrated, with a historical telling of Gloria Vanderbilt's analysis of her childhood experiences and Anderson Cooper's interpretation of the Vanderbilt lifestyle.

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  • Kim schlegel

    I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was touching, real, funny at times and heartbreaking at others. I recommend this listen to anyone who wants to experience every emotion. I have mounds of respect for this family. Definitely worth it!

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  • Susan Greenberg

    I could not believe how open Gloria was about her past. As usual Anderson excelled, he asked all the right questions. I loved it!

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  • Moises Martinez

    I'm a fan of Anderson. Now that I know his and his mother's life story I admire him even more. Their lives are so inspirational. Listening to their voices made the story more real. Moises Martinez

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  • Shilpi Jain

    This book opens up a new paradigm of relationship between a mother and a son. This is not just a story of a beautiful woman and her successful son. I realized that there is so much to share in our hearts and who is a better person other than your own blood. I am determined to create a similar relationship with my own son. Thank you Mr Cooper and Ms Vanderbilt for sharing your story.

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  • gelena siganevich

    It is a very interesting story and everyone in my family enjoyed listening to it. The narrators had excellent voices.

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  • Laura Perez

    I truly enjoyed listening to Gloria and Anderson's story about their family history and how they both grew up. I especially enjoyed that they were the narrators

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  • Joe Guajardo

    Very interesting and i love the story. Hearing both voices makes it better.

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  • Susanne Mclaughlin

    Excellent Book! Gloria's voice is so soothing it gave you a real feel for her life!

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