Memories Are Made of This

Memories Are Made of This

by Deana Martin, Wendy Holden

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ISBN-13: 9780786272563
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 04/07/2005
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 519
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.11(d)

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Memories Are Made Of This [Bear Family] 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dean Martin once told his daughter Deana that the secret to acting was to 'really listen to what the other person was saying' and then to react to it. In this passionately honest, riveting tale Deana Martin reveals that she was really listening to her father's every word and deed throughout his life, and presents us with her ultimate reaction--this book. Filled with dialogue so rich and natural that at times it seemed that Dean himself were narrating the book for me, this memoir kept me absolutely spellbound. Deana Martin's descriptions of her father's daily routines, from the five teaspoons of sugar he invariably put in his coffee to the bread and butter sandwiches he would make upon entry to his house, gave this national icon a spark of normalcy only a daughter's eyes could see. It is clear that Deana Martin understood her father's temperament and drive for perfection, and did not blame him nor herself for any times in their family life that were less than ideal. What she does know is that her father loved her dearly, while she in turn leaves him with this valentine that is so unexpectedly beautiful it deserves to stand alongside his many records, tapes and shows that are Dean Martin's legacy to this world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have already read Ricci Martin's account of life with Dean Martin. I was especially excited to see another one of his kids speaking out. Unlike like her 'brother' Ricci, Deana was a product of Dean's first marriage to Betty MacDonald. Her father was not there during her early years as he was working as an up and coming star in nightclubs across the country. She explains her life with a sometimes out of control, alcoholic mother and how Dean's second wife took her place. Deana and her siblings went from a small apartment, eating leftovers to a palatial house in Beverly Hills with cooks, maids, a pool and tennis courts. When asked whether Dean Martin was a good father, she replied 'No, but he was a good man.' She treasured those few moments when she could spend with her father while he was itching to go to the studio to record an album or race to the golfcourse for his daily round of golf. Her life wasn't always glitz and glamour as she explains in great detail from the youngest age she can remember to now as she is accepting awards for her father and posing for pictures with people who just want to be a little closer to the legend. It is a wonderful portrait of her life and the life she witnessed of her father. Especially great to read is the unfortunately brief forward by Dean Martin's 'partner' Jerry Lewis as well as wonderful pictures of Dean as a child, with Uncle Frank, performing, golfing, or at family events. I read this 285 page book in four days. A must read for any Rat Pack or Dean Martin fan. Ms. Martin bears her heart and soul in this book and it took a lot of courage for her to come out and talk about some of the things she has endured. I hope another Martin offspring jumps on the bandwagon. Excellent!
ireneTZ More than 1 year ago
This book of Dean Martin by his daughter Deana Martin is just wonderful. She writes about him with alot of love and patients. She goes on to write about his faults as a father but she also says he had great qualites as a father also. Im gald i purchased this book, it was worth it. Im going to have my mother read this next. We both liked Dean Martin.I owuld reccomend this book to read. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dean Martin slid into my heart 35 years ago when I first saw him slide down the fire pole to open one of his Variety Shows. Until I read this book, I didn't think I could love him anymore than I already did. In 'Memories are Made of This' Deana Martin has come closer than any other biographer has ever come in describing what made Dean Martin tick...and believe me, I've read every biography written on the man. We learn not only of Dean Martin the singer, the entertainer, the golf addict, but of Dean Martin the father who, like most men of his generation, was generous and loving though not hands on. We also learn of the spiritual man who prayed the Rosary and regretted decisions he'd made in his life. The book is a real page turner which my non-Dean Martin fan friends have found to be as interesting as my Dean Martin fan friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
mustreadnowVF More than 1 year ago
I recently lost my mom who adored Dean. I read this to feel closer to her. It was such a good read, though, that I recommend it to anyone who grew up watching him and the Rat Pack.
Suzqmr2 More than 1 year ago
Good reading. I really enjoyed the book and the insight into Dean Martin's life. Lots of history and an look into the old "Hollywood". As truthful as Deana was, good and bad, I still love Dean Martin.
velvetsnape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was in line and got in signed by Dean's daughter, and omg...they look so much alike! This book may or may not suprise you about the way Dean Martin was with family. I kinda suprised me. You'll love it!
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A good man but an indifferent father. Reminded me of johnny carson who was great when the camera was on, basically just wanted to be left alone when it was off. Lots of pictures though.
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If you are a Dean Martin fan you will totally enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deana has gave me a different perspective of who Dean Martin was. I never knew he drank very little. This book is filled with everything a book has, tragedy, happiness, and a whole lot of experiences. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something to read. Excellent job Deana, Always loved you and your father.
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Having beenn a Dean Martin fan for many years, I found this biography written by his daughter Deana Martin very interesting and entertaining. Most fans knew Dean Martin only as an entertainer, but learning about his personal life and relationships makes hima real person, more than just an entertainer.
whippit More than 1 year ago
It was interesting to read about Dean who I grew up watching and listening to. Sad that he wasn't the best parent and husband.
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Certainly written from a child's view
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean's second wife is a remarkable lady Lucky man