The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper

The Rainbow Comes and Goes

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 t...

Details The Rainbow Comes and Goes

TitleThe Rainbow Comes and Goes
Release DateJan 31st, 2017
PublisherHarper Paperbacks
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews The Rainbow Comes and Goes

  • Jennifer Masterson
    5 Stars! This book will forever hold a special place in my heart! I initially purchased "The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss" because years ago I learned that Anderson had lost his father when he was 10 years old and his brother committed suicide when he was 21. Having lost my father suddenly at 12 and having lost an ex-boyfriend to suicide I always felt a connection. I wanted to know more. Not only does this book...
  • Elyse Walters
    A Shark and A Tight Rope...... .......Anderson Cooper and his 91 year old mother, Gloria Vanderbilt are both wonderful storytellers!!!!!!Two famous people: mother and son...have a personal conversation....taken from a year long e-mail exchange. Anderson asks questions about his mother's childhood - she gives intimate answers. I listened to the audiobook. Gloria shares about being a little girl, growing up with no men in her life- without a father...
  • Esil
    3.5 stars. The Rainbow Comes and Goes was a bit of a mixed bag for me, but on balance a positive experience. There were some real strengths, and then there were parts that were a bit tedious. I knew very little about Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper before I started listening to the audio book. As far as I knew, Gloria Vanderbilt was the brand name of jeans coveted by many of my friends in my late teenage years (determined to be a contrarian...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2017 Reading Challenge: written by someone I admire; book club selection2017 Lenten season nonfiction read #1I did not know this, but Gloria Vanderbilt is an accomplished magazine correspondent and artist. No clue she's also the author of eight books. But unfortunately we know her for a pair of jeans from 1979, which seems so unattached from the child fought over in the "poor little rich girl" custody battle of the 1940s. Anderson Cooper, her you...
  • Barbara
    This book is based on email correspondence between journalist Anderson Cooper and his nonagenarian mother Gloria Vanderbilt. Though perhaps not so well known today, Gloria was once a darling of the media. During her long and eventful life Gloria was an heiress, socialite, actress, artist, designer, fashion mogul, and author. She had numerous affairs with famous men and was married four times. All this made Gloria fascinating to the public. Though...
  • ☮Karen
    4.5 stars.Years ago my husband and I  read and enjoyed the book Little Gloria... Happy at Last about  the child Gloria Vanderbilt and the famous custody battle  between her neglectful  mother and her Aunt Gertrude Vanderbilt  Whitney.   My husband's interest  goes  way back, you see, as his Grandmother Jenny claimed  that they were descended from Cornelius Vanderbilt (they were, actually, but not THAT Cornelius--that was quite a common...
  • Jean
    I remember learning only recently that Anderson Cooper is Gloria Vanderbilt’s son. Now, reading their book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss, I learn that she is 92! And she’s been an actress, an artist, and a writer. To think, I’ve always only associated her with blue jeans!This book is basically Gloria’s memoir, although it is a year-long collection of e-mails between mother and son that often reads l...
  • Reese
    Not a boring page in this "epistolary memoir" (letters=emails) through which Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt offer access to layers of their individual lives and layers of their relationship with each other. Those who already mourn "the lost art of letter writing" may "read it and weep." And readers burdened by missed opportunities may feel the weight of the burden increase. A rainbow -- who doesn't think, "Oh shit," when (s)he realizes IT ...
  • Cheryl
    Journalist and television personality Anderson Cooper always had a good relationship with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. But when she turned 91, he realized that he really didn’t know very much about her early life. In fact, she had rarely talked about her life at all. So he suggested that they begin an email correspondence which transpired over the course of a year.The emails are compiled into this honest and heartfelt memoir reflecting on the...
  • Dawn
    A very intriguing memoir about the lives of two American icons, from two different generations, who happen to be mother and son. Well, it's more about Gloria Vanderbilt's life, than Anderson Cooper's, but you still get a glimpse into his childhood and adult life. I, like many it seems, did not know these two were mother and son until right before this book was released and it was being marketed. But that seems to be Anderson's intention. He didn'...
  • Naksed
    These memoirs, based on email exchanges between Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt, have the two ingredients that are so rare in books of this genre, which are candidness and insight.There are two aspects, equally fascinating, to these memoirs. First, the personal, family story. And second, the "celebrity" story.Rainbow is first and foremost the story of the unrequited love of a child for her parents, a father who died of alcoholism...
  • Louise
    This is billed as an email exchange between Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, but it is actually an email interview. Professional interviewer that he is, Anderson reveals little about himself and gives his mother openings to tell her story. Gloria has led as full a life as any world leader or talking head he has encountered on his job. Unlike them, she is 92, and has no need to measure how her words might build or sink a career. ...
  • Jeanette
    When I see, and it is often, the words "New York Times Best Seller" on a cover- it is NOT a forecast for a positive outcome for me with any book. Non-fiction or fiction, that has been the case for some years. So when I looked at this cover, I tended to see those exact words and not the lovely picture below them.Well, this truly is the exception. Enough for me to give it the 5th star. Enjoyable, loving, heart-warming, approaching emotive truth, an...
  • Liz Lazarus
    Like most young girls, I had the a pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, but admit that I was much more familiar with her son, Anderson Cooper, so it was interesting to hear about her life. In “The Rainbow Comes And Goes,” Anderson asks most of the questions so we learn much more about Gloria - the custody battle of her childhood, the early loss of her father, an aloof mother that left her rudderless as a young teen, and several lovers and marriag...
  • Lesa
    After hearing Anderson Cooper at PLA, talking about his conversation with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, I picked up the book about that conversation. The Rainbow Comes and Goes is the story of their life, told through a year-long conversation after Vanderbilt turned ninety-one. Cooper challenged us at the conference to have a meaningful conversation with members of our family.Vanderbilt and Cooper are the last survivors in their immediate family...
  • Kelley
    I bought this book as soon as it came out and I NEVER buy a book!From the moment I saw Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt talking about this book I knew I had to have it. A book of e-mails between mother and son over the 91st year of a mother's life; what a way to be able to say all that needs to be said. I didn't know anything about Gloria Vanderbilt and her storied life of heartbreak, rejection, love and money. Hers in such an interesting st...
  • Darren
    I'm a fan of both Cooper and Vanderbilt, so this should have been a slam-dunk (especially listening to the two of them on this audiobook edition). But it's instead kind of a 50-50. First of all, it's Vanderbilt who is so much more fun to listen to...Cooper is in full "reporter/announcer" mode and, compared to his mother's narration, comes across as very isolated from the emotional aspects of this story. Second, there's just not much about Anderso...
  • Holly
    First of all, the extent of my Anderson Cooper knowledge basically only includes his friendship with Andy Cohen and how darling of a giggle he has when flustered on his own show. Nevertheless, this book was moving to the point of tears several times. Not only is Gloria Vanderbilt a beautiful wordsmith, but she also seems incredibly self aware of how her early life shaped her and those around her. The conversation between Anderson and Gloria is ra...
  • Sharon Huether
    An honest story of Gloria Vanderbilt and her her son Anderson Cooper .Gloria had an unusual childhood, being separated from her mother and being close to her governess and nanny. Her mother was too busy having fun and traveling to pay any attention to Gloria.When Gloria had her children she vowed to be a part of their lives and enjoy motherhood.Part of the book Anderson tells of his feelings of not remembering his father Wyatt Cooper, and the dea...
  • Gerald
    Memoir is perhaps the most frequently attempted book genre but – unless there’s a celebrity photo on the cover – these manuscripts rarely find a mainstream publisher, much less become bestsellers. But in this case, there are two smiling portraits and two famous brands – television journalist Anderson Cooper and his fashion-designer mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. However, until recently anyway, the general public may not have been aware of the...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    Hm... I not sure what to say about this book. For me, Gloria Vanderbilt evokes mixed feelings - I really admired what she was able to make of herself growing up under such dire circumstances. But I also wonder who could regard as a normal thing the fact that two months after the death of her deeply beloved husband she's back with her former husband, whom she left after suddenly falling in love with another man. Nevertheless, it's not my place to ...
  • Hank Stuever
    Fascinating, I thought. Details from a whole other world, past and present. I read this to go along with my Washington Post story about the Liz Garbus documentary for HBO, "Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper." Here's a link:
  • Vera Long
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've been a fan of Anderson Cooper's for years and have read several biographies of Gloria Vanderbilt in the past, so the story was not new to me. What was new was the poignant mother-son interaction in such a detached medium as emails. Loved the last chapter, The Rainbow Comes and Goes, with each sharing their reflections on the ebbs and flows of life, meandering towards its inevitable conclusion.
  • Mason Canyon
    The name Vanderbilt brings to mind wealth and fame and to some that automatically translates to happiness.However, in THE RAINBOW COMES AND GOES Gloria Vanderbilt tells her son, Anderson Cooper, some of the heartaches and sorrows she has faced growing up dubbed ‘the poor, little rich girl.’ Thought emails the mother and son shared over a year period listeners learn money truly does not buy happiness and love. The story is read by Gloria and A...
  • Stacey
    I have a crush on Anderson we can move on. I found this very affectionate, insightful, and as a reader emotional. Geez, I didn't know that Gloria Vanderbilt was Anderson Cooper's mother! Apparently I'm the only one that doesn't know that because when I would spring my new fun fact on friends, I was repeatedly met with, "You didn't know that?".I have a lot of respect for Gloria Vanderbilt and I am adopting the saying, "the rainbow co...
  • Liz
    I had no idea about Gloria Vanderbilt's life other than being known as "the poor little rich girl" and the jeans. She's had an amazing life with both good and bad. This was an interesting concept with the give and take between son and mother. At times, it ran to cliche philosophy, which is why I haven't rated it higher.
  • Michelle Finkle
    I was surprised at how captivating this book was. A unique conversation between mother and son about a truly fascinating yet tragic life.
  • Jennifer
    A very interesting insight into Gloria's incredible life told as if sitting across from her in her living room. Highly recommended.
  • Caroline
    I admit I didn't know much about Anderson Cooper before reading this book--only that he's a very successful reporter, mysterious, handsome and recently I discovered his place in the Vanderbilt family tree. When I saw a segment on Anderson and his mother, Gloria, on CBS Sunday Morning, I knew I wanted to read the book--it sounded real, honest, entertaining and no doubt fascinating. And it did not disappoint. I love inspirational and meaningful quo...