The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

by Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt


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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 year-long conversation unlike any they had 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594720447
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 110,439
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anderson Cooper is the anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN and a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. He has won numerous journalism awards and nine Emmys, and his first book, Dispatches from the Edge, was a number one New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York City.

Gloria Vanderbilt is an American artist, writer, and designer. Her artwork can be found at She is the author of eight books and has been a regular contributor to the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Elle. She lives in New York City.

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book helps anyone that thinks they are alone dealing with an unhappy childhood, and the death of a child. Good or bad every thing happens for a reason. God bless Gloria and Anderson for sharing their souls with us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What survivors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A look into the relationship between Gloria Vanderbilt, known as the child caught in an infamous custody case and later as an artist and designer and er son Anderson Cooper, renowned reporter and correspondent. Beautifully told story developed through emails between mother and son. A wonderful exchange that leaves you with beautful life lessons.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being fascinated by the Vanderbilt family since my first visit to the amazing Breakers since at age 12- I found this book very interesting to read. Andy and Gloria live a fascinating and fufilling life. Of course there a bumps in their roads but they live a life that is far from the ordinary. I wish them both the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A joy to read, very relatable on many levels
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
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 Anderson giving listeners an added bonus. After his mother suffered a brief serious illness at age 91, Anderson resolved to get to know her better. They began corresponding through emails which lead them to have more in depth and honest discussions than they had ever had. Anderson questioned his mother about her childhood and the choices she had made along the way. THE RAINBOW COMES AND GOES cover a year-long discussion between mother and son that brought them to a closer understanding of each other. In their own voices, the two share their sorrows and disappointments, along with fleeting moments of happiness. Gloria talks at length about growing up without a father or father figure in her life, her unresolved feelings toward her mother, and what life was like for a young girl thrown into the spotlight when family members fought in court to control her inheritances. This is not a story about having it all. It’s a touching, tender story of a young girl searching for love and family, her drive to live, and the life she created. In addition, it’s a story of a grown son’s love and admiration for his mother and the driving spirit that pushes him forward. Through the telling of triumphs and tragedies, the story stresses the need for parents and children to share more between themselves. The sometimes humorous and often very candied private thoughts reveal a lot remains to be shared if only one will pursue it. An inspiring memoir that might just change the way you view people, especially those who have it all. This is a lovely reminder to connect with those you love before it’s too late. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were so many ah-ha moments in this book, it was amazing and honest. For anyone who has had a difficult or confusing childhood, this book helps put many feelings into perspective and proves that we can all come out the otherside as normal, functioning adults without using our upbringing as a crutch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read, relate in so many levels..
Cheryl Thompson More than 1 year ago
A way of heart felt, open and safe conversation that every parent and every adult child should have or wish they had. The writing of both Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt is a way of story telling that keeps you engaged while breaking your heart and making you smile from page to page. The love between them is a painting created by every word as a stroke of color. Absolutely beautiful!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Learned much more than I knew about family history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the personal insight given in this book. I thought I knew their stories but I learned quite a bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting, thought provoking read!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Very nice read. Much food for thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely fascinating read.
sharonka322 More than 1 year ago
I remember becoming interested in the Vanderbilts when i realized part of the college i was interested in attending was originally a Vanderbilt!! I then went to the library and looked up other homes and was just amazed at all they owned. I rememeber reading "Poor Little Rich Girl" which was the custody battle between her mother, her grandmother and her Vanderbilt aunt. It was very interesting. This book was more than that. I listened to the AUDIO book and i strongly strongly suggest this.This book is emails, from mother to son, in a one year period, discussing the custody battle, her marriages, the suicide of her son, and dealing with finanical ruin. I loved it. The best part, is that Anderson and Gloria read their own parts. It added SO MUCH more to the book. In the end, i respected them both, and loved how their relationship strengthened over the year. Highly recommended.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
The Rainbow Comes and Goes Truth is stranger than fiction, The Rainbow Comes and Goes, the memoir by Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper prove it. In a collection of emails mother and son discuss very personal things in a very impersonal way. Gloria talks about her life, beginning with her first tragedy at 18 months old when her father dies, the custody trial between her mother and aunt revealing some scandalous discoveries about her mother on to the summer she lost her innocence and into her tumultuous love affairs and marriages to the tragic loss of her husband and son. And Cooper talks about what it was like being her son and their shared tragedies. What starts as a seemingly impersonal email exchange morphs into a very personal conversation between mother and son and reveal the love and respect they have for each other in spite of the glitz of fame and fortune.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one day, interesting, easy read, very enjoyable.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
What remarkable and interesting lives both Gloria and Anderson have experienced. A great read, learning how their loves and losses have impacted their lives, and having the courage and grace to share it with us. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming and at times surprising. Proves once again that money can't buy happiness!