Reviews for Considering Doris Day


New York Times
EDITOR'S CHOICE

Avoiding sensationalism, this sympathetic biography concentrates on Day's multifaceted career.

...Illuminating. Santopietro is knowledgeable about his subject and his respect for her is refreshing... Covers ground less traveled by traditional biographies, includes a comprehensive filmography, a selected discography and many photographs... An easy read.


Cinema Retro

Don't "consider" this book, ADD it to your library.

Author Tom Santopietro's new 400 page biography "Considering Doris Day" is a classy well-researched volume that shines as an homage to one of Hollywood's last genuine legends. Nevertheless, the author does not steer away from covering the unsavory and controversial aspects of this remarkable woman's life. Tom Santopietro knows his subject and analyzes both Day's onscreen and recording career with insight and intelligence. "Considering Doris Day" is a thoroughly engrossing and illuminating read about one of the entertainment industry's most fascinating legends.


The Week

"Santopietro appreciates the entire range of her talents, and he digs into her childhood, four marriages, and post career seclusion only to understand her art and career. ... Santopietro proves as a critic to be both extremely acute and devastatingly witty."


The Atlantic
June 2007

Breezy, adulatory... this book offers serious insight into a relatively neglected life. The observations are apt—and often bold.



NEW YORK POST
Liz Smith

Author Santopietro also put out a similarly intelligent, amusing and objective career over of Barbra Streisand, "The Importance of Being Barbra." But this homage to DD is even more passionate and acute in its critique, perhaps because Day has been so unappreciated and is not given to self-aggrandizing.


Library Journal Reviews
Rosellen Brewer

Santopietro follows his recent biography of Barbra Streisand, The Importance of Being Barbra, with this analysis of the work of Doris Day, a performer about whom little has been published. Writing with the same cheek that he used in the Streisand book, he begins by discussing why we should care about Day, the "biggest female attraction in Hollywood history." Santopietro proves himself a serious and insightful critic. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.


kirkusreviews.com

Did Doris Day, Miss Goody Two-Shoes, the constant virgin, really care out "one of the truly great show business careers in show business history?" Skeptics, especially those who are baby boomers, will do well to consider the forthright, knowledgeable and convincing case for Day's acting and singing that Santopietro (The Importance of Being Barbra, June 2006) makes here. His perceptions will send readers to Day's CDs and DVDs for an overdue re-take.

Publishers Weekly

Delving into her prodigious recording career (from 1948 to 1967, she released more than 600 songs), Santopietro appraises her songs almost track-by-track with such full-blooded enthusiasm that most readers will be racing to iTunes to download her catalogue. While not intended as a full biography, there is enough biographical detail as it concerns her career choices to create a vibrant portrait of the artist and the woman.


The Sacramento Bee
Allen Pierleoni

The biographer brings insight and appreciation to a career that few Hollywood stars or singers can match.

Along the way, she made 39 movies and recorded 600 songs. Clearly, as Santopietro paints his picture, Day was far more talented and complicated than the public ever gave her credit for.

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