- Publish Date: 2014-07-01
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Candice Bergen
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Candice Bergens bestselling 1984 memoir: an engaging, intelligent, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography (The New York Times).
Candice Bergen was born into the heady Hollywood of the 1950s. Before she became a celebrity in her own right and wrote her memoir, A Fine Romance, she wrote this book about being the celebrity offspring of Edgar Bergen, vaudeville and radios greatest dignitary/comedian. Her sibling was Charlie McCarthy, the impudent dummy beloved of millions. Bergen, much as he loved his daughter, was a man who kept his emotions pressed and neatly hung, and was more comfortable speaking toand throughhis brainchild. Charlie always had an answer. Charlie couldnt let anyone down. Above all, Charlie never had to leave the paradise that was childhood.
Knock Wood is a book about growing upabout the comedy of expectations that ruled Candice Bergens early life, about the ironies that attended her exotic rites of passage. The world offered her a wealth of options: adolescence in Swiss boarding schools; at nineteen, a plum role in Sidney Lumets The Group; quick entry into the profession of photojournalism; automatic acceptance among the esteemed company of the momentbe it the international jet set, Bel Air in the 1960s, or the world of radical politics in the 1970s. But always she carried the conviction that her gifts were untested, her luck unearned.
Told with wit, self-deprecation, and a rare degree of courage, Knock Wood is the extraordinary record of Candice Bergens coming of age. It is at once the moving fable of the love between a father and a daughter, of a womans triumph over self-doubt, and a dazzling journal of American life and times over the past four decades.