Happy Days: My Mother, My Father, My Sister & Me

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Doubleday, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 386 pages
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Shana Alexander spent much of her life trying to figure out her enigmatic parents, Milton and Cecelia Ager. The eccentric fifty-seven-year Ager marriage had begun at the start of the Jazz Age, 1922, when twenty-nine-year-old Milton, already a prince of Tin Pan Alley, met Cecelia, a chic twenty-year-old California blonde. Milton went on to compose such classics as "Ain't She Sweet?" and "Happy Days Are Here Again". Cecelia's lethal columns in Variety on the fashionable and fatuous eventually led to stints as a Hollywood screenwriter and a celebrated Manhattan movie critic. The Agers moved in a charmed circle that included George and Ira Gershwin and Dorothy Parker. But they gave new meaning to the term private life. Husband and wife were complete opposites, pursuing different tastes and passions, even living on different timetables - she by day, he by night - and occupying separate quarters in the hotel suites and furnished apartments they called home. Happy Days is literally the book Shana Alexander was born to write. Along the way, we get a startlingly honest account of Alexander's own life, professional and personal: her successful career as a writer and commentator for Life, Newsweek, and 60 Minutes, counterpointed by the story of her troubled marriages and dramatic love affairs.

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HAPPY DAYS: My Mother, My Father, My Sister and Me

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Alexander, who has anatomized the lives of Patty Hearst, Jean Harris, and others (Anyone's Daughter, 1979, etc.) now wields her scalpel gently but with precision as she dissects her own family history ... Read full review

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Shana Alexander (b. 1925) is a wonderful writer; I only wish she had written more. She was a columnist for Life magazine, editor of McCall's, and commentator on 60 Minutes. Her father was Milton Ager ... Read full review


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SHANA ALEXANDER is the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers "Nutcracker and "Anyone's Daughter, about Patty Hearst. Her other stories of true crime detail the lives of Jean Harris and Bess Meyerson. Her book about her own family, "Happy Days, was published in 1995. She lives on Long Island.

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