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The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir

The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir By Anne Fadiman The Wine Lover s Daughter A Memoir A new memoir by the celebrated essayist that explores her relationship with her father a lover of wineIn The Wine Lover s Daughter Anne Fadiman examines with all her characteristic wit and feeling h

  • Title: The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir
  • Author: Anne Fadiman
  • ISBN: 9780374228088
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir By Anne Fadiman A new memoir by the celebrated essayist that explores her relationship with her father, a lover of wineIn The Wine Lover s Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines with all her characteristic wit and feeling her relationship with her father, the celebrated multihyphenate and lover of wine Clifton Fadiman A renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host, Clifton was born in BrookA new memoir by the celebrated essayist that explores her relationship with her father, a lover of wineIn The Wine Lover s Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines with all her characteristic wit and feeling her relationship with her father, the celebrated multihyphenate and lover of wine Clifton Fadiman A renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host, Clifton was born in Brooklyn, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, and spent the rest of his life trying to get away from it.An appreciation of wine along with a plummy upper crust accent, expensive suits, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Western literature was an essential element of Clifton s escape from lower middle class Brooklyn to swanky Manhattan The Wine Lover s Daughter traces the arc of a man s infatuation, from the glass of cheap Graves he drank in 1927 in a Parisian department store to the Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1904 he drank to celebrate his eightieth birthday, when he and the bottle were exactly the same age to the wines that sustained him during the last years of his life, when he was blind but still buoyed, as he had always been, by hedonism.Wine is the spine of this touching memoir the life and character of Fadiman s father, along with her relationship with him and her own less ardent relationship with wine, are the flesh A poignant and thoughtful exploration of love, ambition, class, family, and the pleasures of the palate, The Wine Lover
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    1. Vishy on said:

      Anne Fadiman is one of my favourite writers Her essay collection Ex Libris is one of my alltime favourite books But unfortunately her literary output is very thin Anne Fadiman is like the J.D.Salinger or Harper Lee of our times There are two essay collections, Ex Libris and At Large and at Small , and one non fiction book about the Hmong community called The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down , in her backlist She has also edited two essay collections, Rereadings Seventeen Writers Revisit Book [...]

    2. Wendy Henning on said:

      Reading Anne Fadiman is like hanging out with your super smart friend and hoping some of that intelligence rubs off on you She is a treat I heartily recommend any of her books, but for this one an interest in wine is helpful.

    3. Kirsty on said:

      An interesting and rather compelling biography of Fadiman s late father, a prolific book critic, and accomplished man Her writing is fantastic she never fails to be witty and charming, and there is a marvellous balance struck here The Wine Lover s Daughter is a compelling memoir, but I felt that it lacked a little of the magic of her essays about books.

    4. Samuel on said:

      I related to the daughter about having a parent who has a dedicated passion that you then choose not to pursue and I related to the father who wanted to escape his roots so badly and thought that wine and fluent conversational skills in western literature would give him that tickets out or in.When the author asks her brother why they both didn t like wine and the wine world as much as their father did, he says simple, we weren t trying to escape our origins That felt like a pretty bullseye asses [...]

    5. Lissa on said:

      3.5 stars So I enjoy books obviously , authors Anne and Clifton Fadiman and wine so I should have loved this memoir but by the end I was sort of tired of hearing about Clifton s obsession and Anne s ambivalence with wine Clifton Fadiman was a famous book critic who wrote the New Lifetime Reading Plan which sits on my night stand Anne is also a well known author who writes books about reading Some chapters of this book were great but I skimmed through those which seemed as if they just listed eve [...]

    6. David Litt on said:

      I cannot be unbiased when it comes to Anne Fadiman she was one of my favorite professors in college, and so much of what I know about writing I learned from her And also she was kind enough to blurb my book Clearly, this is not an objective review With that said The Wine Lover s Daughter was wonderful Every sentence is a carefully constructed piece of art A surprising, delightful detail lurks around each corner And in a year when everything seemed global and Trumpy and catastrophic, there was so [...]

    7. Isabel Robertson on said:

      An absolutely lovely tribute to a parent Anne Fadiman is a beautiful writer and every sentence breathes love and admiration for her father and his quirks and strengths and weaknesses and background and journey.

    8. Claudia on said:

      Another endlessly quotable charmer from Fadiman I adored Ex Libris.I too grew up in a relatively privileged, bookish household, with an older dad who d also gone to Columbia and loved wine, so this book resonated in quite a few ways I m a bit younger than she is, but I still recognized much of the New York world she describes, and I know my dad would have.It s a rather distressing story, in one sense, because she s very clear about the anti Semitism of the day and how matter of fact it was She s [...]

    9. Michelle on said:

      Stories of fathers can be complicated I loved that this daughter was vulnerable enough to share her own flaw she didn t like wine when it was so central to her father s life

    10. Kem Mirsky on said:

      For fans of Anne Fadiman, for fans of Clifton Fadiman, and for fans of well written memoir Beautifully written, of course

    11. Karina Szczurek on said:

      A delight Whether you are a lover of wine or great writing, or both, you are in for a treat.

    12. Melissa on said:

      Anne Fadiman s writing is always exactly what I want incandescent, effervescent, grounded in sparkling details, and just so, so enjoyable.

    13. Lesa on said:

      I ll admit I know nothing about wine, and I really don t care to That doesn t make Anne Fadiman s memoir, The Wine Lover s Daughter, an odd choice for me This is the story of her father, Clifton Fadiman, and, her yearning to appreciate the same things he did, good books and fine wine She could appreciate the good books, and she succeeded in something her father never did, teaching at an Ivy League university But, despite all her knowledge of wine, she never developed a taste for it.It s Clifton [...]

    14. Happyreader on said:

      This memoir is enjoyable in the way that watching some classic movies are enjoyable Entertaining and fun to see the old stars but the social s are questionable and cringe worthy Clifton Fadiman was definitely of his time In his daughter s portrayal, he was intelligent and industrious and did everything he could to distance himself from his Jewish roots, embracing all things WASP establishment including gourmet food and fine wine He never questioned or challenged the status quo and happily promot [...]

    15. Hannah on said:

      Anne Fadiman s book is a deeply loving tribute to her father, the writer and thinker Clifton Fadiman of The Lifetime Reading Plan fame While she does not share her father s love of wine, she did receive his lessons in how to read and write both generously and poetically In this book she writes about him through the lens of what they shared and what they did not, using words and wine to paint a portrait that seems both honest acknowledging several of his flaws as well as gentle.Perhaps the most i [...]

    16. Elyse on said:

      Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.The Wine Lover s Daughter is an interesting read chronicling the life of Clifton Fadiman s life through his daughter s eyes I found certain aspects of his life to be quite fascinating, and didn t realize how his work had actually been part of my life in various forms As a wine lover, I expected to enjoy and understand all of the wine talked about, but was surprised that I learned quite a bit about French wine through the reading pr [...]

    17. Danielle on said:

      Anne Fadiman seems to be considered one of the best living essayists, and I mostly struggled with this book due to her vastly superior intelligence and overall cultural fluency It reminded me a bit of reading Adam Gopnik so many of the cultural and intellectual references and jokes she made sailed right over my head I also know virtually nothing about wine so all of the wine talk did the same Nevertheless, I finished the book and found myself fascinated and moved by the notion of a daughter work [...]

    18. Jim Miller on said:

      I love red wine, probably than anything I can drink And I loved Anne Fadiman s astounding book, When The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down However, I found The Wine Lover s Daughter to be incredibly tedious after a few chapters Her usual impeccable detail was there Her love for her father was present on every page But I felt that it would have sufficed amply as a 50 page memoir And I got tired of hearing about their wealth and it s trappings, and particularly her father s old school entrench [...]

    19. Paul Barnes on said:

      Some choice quotes my father s resume listed his hobbies as wine and the avoidance of exercise Generally speaking, we demand something from hard liquor a punctual reaction But we expect a wine of quality to demand something of us He pointed out that the founding fathers drank wine, and that Andrew Jackson s preference for corn liquor reflected a coarsening of the national tone I cannot leave much, but I have carefully seen to it that I own wine than I can possibly drink before I die What good w [...]

    20. Lm Huffman on said:

      One of the greatest gifts I got for Christmas this year was just finding out about this book, which was advertised on a website I was visiting I got it out of the library and sat one quiet afternoon during winter break and started it I ve read all of Anne Fadiman s books and have loved them, so stumbling across this book, which I didn t even know about, was such a delightful surprise I was not disappointed I read it with the same relish with which I m sure her father Clifton enjoyed many of his [...]

    21. Camille on said:

      Carolyn Heilbrun considered herself a Fadiman in homage to Clifton, Anne Fadiman s public intellectual father I m a Fadiman, too, but for Anne Three stars because sometimes she gushed four stars because the telling of her father s early life as a brilliant Brooklyn Jew from the lower middle class longing for refinement, money, and an intellectual life was heartfelt and rang true He succeeded Lucky for the rest of us to be able to read about it.

    22. Iva on said:

      Anne Fadiman has certainly written some stronger and memorable books, Ex Libris and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down come to mind However, this loving relationship with her father and his love of wine engages throughout I was glad to learn about Clifton Fadiman s literary life Since Anne Fadiman s mother was also highly successful, I am betting that Fadiman is working on a memoir about her.

    23. Bettye on said:

      Anne Fadiman is a beautiful and entertaining writer about a diverse array of subject This memoir is about her father and it is a moving story of their relationship Clifton Fadimon loved wine and collaborated on the classic book The Joys of Wine He was a collector of fine wines and a connoisseur To her dismay Anne Fadiman, no matter how hard she tries, cannot quite appreciate wine as her father does The book is beautifully written and enjoyable.

    24. Lorri Steinbacher on said:

      I fully admit that even though it rankles some of my feminist sensibilities, I still loved reading about Clifton Fadiman s life told by his daughter, through the lens of his love of wine I feel like I missed the era of the public intellectual and I revel in stories if that kind of life Reading it also made me crave a glass of wine, and Clifton Fadiman s take on wine is appealing.

    25. Pam Johnson on said:

      Anne Fadiman is such a beautiful writer and it is a pleasure to read her books I liked the way she built this memoir around her father s passion for wine Her confession to not loving it like him was a nice twist I think one could use some wine adjectives to describe this book goes down smoothly comes to mind.

    26. Penny on said:

      Anne Fadiman is a favorite of mine and I enjoyed reading about her father whom I knew about in a vague sort of way The most interesting part of the book to me was her exploration of why she did not enjoy and experience wine in the same way her father did.

    27. Ian on said:

      Not a 5 star for the excellent prose though the writing is very good but because I am bouyed by the love so earnestly felt and displayed for her father A book I would be happy to return to and one, I think, that will age well.

    28. Dyan on said:

      Run read about a remarkable author, editor at Simon Schuster, radio host, and wine connoisseur, Clifton Fadiman A tender, honest look at her father and how wine defined much of his life, not as an alcoholic, but marking significant moments.

    29. Sami on said:

      4.5 starsA greatly written loving elegy to a father I wish I could taste the great wines she did not enjoy but tried to appreciate The last chapter on the physiology of taste is a revelation I will definitely read her other books.

    30. Rissie on said:

      Sweet memoir about Anne Fadiman s life with her father, and his life with wine I really liked the writing, but after a while it began to drag and felt like I was hearing the same stories over and over.

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