Lessons for Dylan: From Father to Son
Full of humor and wisdom, common sense and self-revelation, Lessons for Dylan offers lessons for all of us about what really matters in life.
On Sale: May 6, 2003
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Good Morning America's beloved movie critic shares with his
son--and readers--what he's learned in fifty-eight years of
an extraordinary life in this poignant, funny, wise, and
At the age of fifty-four, renowned movie critic Joel Siegel
both became a father for the first time and learned that he
had cancer. Now, in Lessons for Dylan, Siegel shares all the
things he wants his son to know--in case he's not around to
tell him--about his family history and Jewish heritage,
life's pleasures and sorrows, the challenges of growing up
(at any age), and, most important, who his father is and
what he values.
Threaded throughout are stories from Siegel's extraordinary
life: his path from an immigrant neighborhood to national
television; his work in the civil rights movement, and his
career as a critic. Siegel candidly addresses the more
difficult passages of his life, including the end of his
marriage to Dylan's mother and the experience of having
cancer. But he also shares great stories from show biz
(featuring Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, Paul Newman, Brad
Pitt, Stevie Wonder, all four Beatles, and many more); lays
out the History of the Jewish People in Four Jokes; and
offers fatherly advice on sex ("ask your mother"), work, and
what to cook for Rosh Hashonah (recipes included).
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