To Me, He Was Just Dad: Stories of Growing Up with Famous Fathers

Artisan. Mar. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9781579659349. pap. $22.95. CHILD REARING
Stein (editor, was inspired to write this volume by a conversation with Ethan Wayne, son of actor John Wayne, and an image of Ethan and his famous father walking together while holding hands. As Stein’s preconceived image of the actor was challenged, he wondered about the lives of other famous fathers? Did the true experiences of children of famous fathers match the public perceptions of these well-known men? If you’re curious about Samuel L. Jackson’s reading habits or the experience of Jonas Salk’s son (think polio shots at the kitchen table before they were tested), this work can shed light into their quirks. Heavy on descriptions of the emotional journey of familial ties, this title explores Julian Lennon’s quest to forgive his legendary father John Lennon, and how French chef Jacques Pépin taught his son the values of deep and enduring friendships (as well as how to make a killer omelet).
VERDICT A compelling read for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes take on the parental lives of men in the spotlight.

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