Jeffrey Lyons

Abbeville Press, $35.00, 352 pages

It is fascinating to hear stories about Old Hollywood. Things back then were different and it is always very interesting to hear how one’s favorite old actors and musicians lived. In the book Stories My Father Told Me by Jeffrey Lyons, he retells the stories from his famous columnist father, Leonard Lyons. This book compiles some of Leonard Lyons’ most famous interviews with the likes of Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin, Grace Kelly and John F. Kennedy.

This is not a collection of Leonard Lyons articles but a retrospect for each person profiled. The book is arranged by decade starting in the 1930s through more recent times. The stories about each celebrity or public figure are personal and revealing and provide a very thoughtful look into the life of each person.

I really enjoyed reading this book and getting an insight into the different eras that each star lived in. The only drawback to this book is the size. It is bigger than the average book and made it hard to carry around with me in my purse. Despite the size, I recommend this book for any fan of Old Hollywood who wants to get a glimpse into the lives of some very well-known figures.

Nicole Will