The Rainbow Comes and Goes

  • by Anderson Cooper
  • Narrated by Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
  • 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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 yearlong conversation unlike any they have 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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What the Critics Say

"A CNN and CBS journalist, Cooper has a highly recognizable vocal quality, and his narrative tone is thoughtful, distinctive, and pleasant. His delivery is especially adept in the difficult passages addressing the early death of his father and, later, the suicide of his older brother, Carter. Vanderbilt's skillful, forceful, and distinct narration is remarkable for her 91 years.... This is a moving listening experience." (AudioFile)

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So Touching, So Honest

This autobiography is unique in a way that the coauthors are conversing back and forth. Almost like a song is sung as a duet, this book flows back and forth between them, keeping us wanting to know what is coming next. Very interesting but at the same time, very moving.
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- Kindle Customer

Wow .... Inspiring

Really enjoyed this audiobook and listening to the raw emotion of Gloria ! I'm inspired to do something similar with my mother ! Thank you both for this gift !
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- donna spencer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio