Life Is a Gift by Tony Bennett
The Zen of Bennett

62%

10 Critic Reviews

Perhaps the sunniest and most ardent Bennett fans will be completely happy with this book, but just about everyone else will wish he delved deeper, revealed more overall. Life may be a gift, but this memoir is something less.
-Boston.com

Synopsis

One of the most well-known and beloved vocalists of our time, Tony Bennett is an American icon. Now, in this rich and beautiful memoir, the legendary Grammy and Emmy Award–winning singer takes us behind the scenes of his multi-platinum career. Revealing, insightful, and always moving, Life Is a Gift tells the stories of Bennett’s experiences in the music industry, what he learned, and who he met along the way, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Duke Ellington, as well as Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, and Lady Gaga. A "master class in life," this revealing retrospective offers an intimate look at Tony Bennett's journey, from growing up during the Great Depression to carving a career in popular music that has spanned more than six decades as his popularity among all generations continues to grow.

 

About Tony Bennett

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The child of Italian immigrants, Tony Bennett grew up in Astoria, Queens, during the Great Depression. After serving as an infantryman in World War II, he studied singing and then signed with Columbia Records, releasing his first hit in 1951. Over the course of his sixty-year career, he has sold fifty million albums, had three platinum and eight gold albums, and won two Emmys ans seventeen Grammys, including one Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Published November 20, 2012 by Harper. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Life Is a Gift
All: 10 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 16 2012

Some of the "Zen" suggestions at the close of each chapter fall flat

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Oct 08 2012

Though slight and not a full account, Bennett’s tips for happiness, success, and longevity are like music to the ears.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Vinton McCabe on Nov 20 2012

He has written a loving letter to his many generations of fans on the subject of “The Things That Matter.”

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The Boston Globe

Below average
Reviewed by Steve Morse on Dec 13 2012

It is rosy and upbeat with rarely a negative word said about anyone . . . But the unrelenting positiveness gets tiresome.

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Steve Morse on Dec 13 2012

Perhaps the sunniest and most ardent Bennett fans will be completely happy with this book, but just about everyone else will wish he delved deeper, revealed more overall. Life may be a gift, but this memoir is something less.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Greg Thomas on Dec 23 2012

Clear wisdom that rings true.

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Chicago Sun Times

Below average
Reviewed by BROOKE LEFFERTS on Dec 13 2012

Bennett’s style is conversational and full of cliches

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San Jose Mercury News

Below average
Reviewed by BROOKE LEFFERTS on Nov 30 2012

Life Is a Gift . . . glosses over his down times . . . Critics may find the book preachy.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen Holden on Oct 23 2012

An unblinking eye in the sky gazing through turbulent clouds

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Artist Direct

Excellent
Reviewed by Maggie Pannacione on Sep 05 2012

Funny and poignant . . . Elegantly designed.

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