|Ghostbuster's Daughter : Life With My Dad, Harold Ramis
|Introduction: Life Is Messy||1||(10)|
|National Lampoons Animal House (1978)||45||(5)|
|Tell Me About When You Were Little||65||(8)|
|National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)||97||(5)|
|Harold and Erica, Husband and Wife||161||(3)|
|So You Wanna Be a Gangsta?||178||(6)|
|You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine||190||(5)|
|Stuart Saves His Family (1995)||195||(5)|
|Your Walls Will Not Protect You||200||(3)|
|Un Bon Voyage (Et Verite)||233||(6)|
|If I Can Make It There ...||245||(5)|
|Orange County (2002) and I'm with Lucy (2002)||264||(4)|
|Same Boat, Different Ocean||302||(11)|
|Breaking Up Is Hard to Do||318||(5)|
|So a Very Funny Old Jewish Guy Dies and Goes to Heaven||323||(6)|
The daughter of the late comedy legend behind Animal House and Caddyshack provides a comprehensive history of her father's career and offers a candid look into the personal life of the man who helped shape modern American comedy.
Violet Ramis Stiel is the eldest child of beloved comedy legend Harold Ramis (Animal House, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day). Formerly a teacher and social worker, Violet is now a full-time writer and disgruntled homemaker. She lives in New York City with her husband and their (blended) six children.
Harold Ramis died in February 2014; for many of his fans, and for his daughter, Violet, the feeling of loss is as raw and disorienting today as it was then. This loving tribute to the author's father shows us the professional and the private man: the writer and/or director of some of our favorite films (Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon's Vacation) and the husband, lover, and father who never quite embraced the idea of a "traditional" family but who loved his family with a depth and intensity that may move some readers to tears. We learn for the first time the devastating toll his long illness-autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis-took on his mind and body; of a daughter he loved but kept secret from his family; of the difficulties he had coming to terms with his two-decade-long estrangement from a man who was once his best friend, Bill Murray. A lovingly remembered memoir and a frequently laugh-out-loud-funny, often tear-inducing book about a man who brought us all to tears with the sheer joy of his films. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
The daughter of legendary filmmaker Harold Ramis (1944-2014) chronicles her wild Hollywood upbringing and close relationship with her father.Even in the pre-internet era, having a permissive and free-wheeling celebrity parent could be challenging, as Stiel proves in detailing her youthful rebelliousness, drug use, and promiscuity. There were, however, obvious advantages as well, ranging from the opportunity to hang out with legendary actors in exotic locations to financial support that enabled a directionless young woman to eventually find her way in the world. By turns frank and fawning when assessing her extended family's ability to navigate the perils of public life, the author's affection for her dad, a beloved figure in Hollywood, dominates the narrative. She joins the #metoo movement by (gently) chiding her father for some of the more questionable scenes in his movies and, more movingly, by sharing her own story of abuse at the hands of her mother's boyfriend at age 9. While there are some juicy nuggets of gossip sprinkled throughout—the most shocking being the revelation that Harold Ramis was the father of Clueless director Amy Heckerling's daughter—fans looking for new insight into the two-decade rift between Ramis and Bill Murray that followed the completion of Groundhog Day or behind-the-scenes Ghostbusters secrets will be disappointed. The book closes with a sobering account of the director's long bout with vasculitis, an ordeal his wife kept under wraps in hopes of preserving his ability to return to work if he recovered, depriving his family of support from the entertainment community when they needed it most. After his death, Ramis received an outpouring of love, though the author struggled to come to grips with his passing even as she focused on raising her own children. A touching homage to a beloved father and a sufficiently amusing tribute to a comedy legend, but it's less compelling as a memoir. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.