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The mighty Franks : a memoir, Michael Frank

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The mighty Franks : a memoir
Title
The mighty Franks
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Michael Frank
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "An unforgettable memoir--with elements of Auntie Mame and Grey Gardens--that chronicles the world of one California family dominated by a powerhouse screenwriter"--
  • "'My feeling for Mike is something out of the ordinary,' Michael Frank overhears his aunt telling his mother when he is a boy of eight. 'It's stronger than I am. I cannot explain it ... I love him beyond life itself.' With this indelible bit of eavesdropping, we fall into the spellbinding world of The Mighty Franks. The family is uncommonly close: Michael's childless Auntie Hankie and Uncle Irving, glamorous Hollywood screenwriters, are doubly related. Hankie is his father's sister, and Irving is his mother's brother. The two families live near each other in Laurel Canyon. In this strangely intertwined world, even the author's grandmothers--who dislike each other--share a nearby apartment. Strangest of all is the way Auntie Hankie, with her extravagant personality, comes to bend the wider family to her will. Talented, mercurial, and lavish with her love, she divides Michael from his parents and his two younger brothers as she takes charge of his education, guiding him to the right books to read (Proust, not Zola), the right painters to admire (Matisse, not Pollock), the right architectural styles to embrace (period, not modern--or mo-derne, as she pronounces the word, with palpable disdain) She trains his mind and his eye--until that eye begins to see on its own. When this 'son' Hankie longs for grows up and begins to turn away from her, her moods darken, and a series of shattering scenes compel Michael to reconstruct both himself and his family narrative as he tries to reconcile the woman he once adored with the troubled figure he discovers her to be. In its portrayal of this fascinating, singularly polarizing figure, the boy in her thrall, and the man that boy becomes, The Mighty Franks will speak to any reader who has ever struggled to find an independent voice amid the turbulence of family life."--Jacket
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Title
The mighty Franks
Creator
Summary
A Los Angeles Times book critic chronicles his upbringing and education in an insular family of Hollywood screenwriters, describing how his once-beloved aunt's psychological illness forced him to reconstruct his senses of self and family
Subject
Genre
Writing style
Biography type
collective biography
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10561793
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
929.20973
Index
no index present
LC call number
CS71.F832
LC item number
2017
Literary form
non fiction
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Target audience
adult
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a family memoir
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a family memoir
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Michael Frank
The mighty Franks : a memoir, Michael Frank
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The mighty Franks : a memoir, Michael Frank
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Contents
The apartment -- Ogden, continued -- On Greenvalley Road -- Safe house -- My uncle's closet (in my Aunt's house) -- Off the hill -- Five places, six scenes -- Last room -- Goodbye to the closet -- Fall and decline
Control code
ocn968245576
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http://contentcafe2.btol.com/ContentCafe/Jacket.aspx?UserID=EBSDVR53400&Password=CC19341&Return=1&Type=M&Value=9780374210120&erroroverride=1
Dimensions
24 cm
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Edition
First edition.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780374210120
Lccn
2016041346
System control number
(OCoLC)968245576

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      43.19289 -70.876331
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