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Publisher Description

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a year-long conversation unlike any they had ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

Both a son’s love letter to his mother and an unconventional mom’s life lessons for her grown son, The Rainbow Comes and Goes offers a rare window into their close relationship and fascinating life stories, including their tragedies and triumphs. In these often humorous and moving exchanges, they share their most private thoughts and the hard-earned truths they’ve learned along the way. In their words their distinctive personalities shine through—Anderson’s journalistic outlook on the world is a sharp contrast to his mother’s idealism and unwavering optimism.
An appealing memoir with inspirational advice, The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautiful and affectionate celebration of the universal bond between a parent and a child, and a thoughtful reflection on life, reminding us of the precious insight that remains to be shared, no matter our age.

Biographies & Memoirs
January 31
Harper Paperbacks

Customer Reviews



Enjoyed from start to finish. Amazing how two people can be so different and be related. With all the lost and heartache they found a positive way to keep going. With each other.

Ahay1202 ,

Heartwarming and honest

An incredible book that not only explores the relationship of a mother and son, but the values we hold dear to us. I appreciated Anderson and Gloria’s honest conversations and providing us a window into the dynamic nature of this relationship for each of us to learn from and relate to. So much of what is said is relevant to the lives of each of us. Highly recommend this book!

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