Book Bin: Growing Up Bernstein

Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein—The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father.

The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth century America.
But to his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes; the jokester and compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles; the insomniac whose 4 a.m. composing breaks involved spooning baby food out of the jar.

Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein’s beautifully written memoir is a great American story.

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