Anderson Cooper and his mom wrote book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes where Anderson and his mother begin a year-long email conversation to get to know each other better. The impetus for the book was when Anderson was leaving on an overseas assignment and his mother was quite ill and eventually hospitalized. Despite the age of his mother, who was ninety-one when they began emailing, Anderson had never really considered his mother would not always be here. Because of that hospitalization and his inability to be by her side, he wanted to be sure there was nothing left unsaid between them.
This was his mother’s first email.
91 years ago on this day, I was born.
I recall a note from my Aunt Gertrude, received on a birthday long ago.
“Just think, today you are 17 whole years old!” she wrote.
Well, today — I am 91 whole years old — a hell of a lot wiser, but somewhere still 17.
What is the answer? What is the secret? Is there one?
That began the interaction where Anderson learned many things about his mother. This week the book was released in paperback, along with a new chapter.
So of course, Andy Cohen was thrilled to be included.
Have y’all read the book?