I’ve yet to see a reviewer make a case for why.
Yes, Van Dyke is honest, upbeat, surprising and FUNNY, even while approaching the 90-year horizon. Sadly, readers who don’t get to the Acknowledgements will never know how he wrapped all this tales and tips into one delightful volume.
In two words: Todd Gold.
Gold is the “as told to” author, the same partner who teamed on the previous Van Dyke memoir, My Lucky Life. To quote from the last page:
“My brother even stared him (Gold) down one day and flat-out said, “What are you going to say? Everything about the subject has already been written.” Todd was not phased. “Let’s keep moving,” he said. “Let’s see what happens.” Lo and behold, this happened.”
I adore the cameo appearance by bro Jerry Van Dyke. Most of all, I love the fact that Gold captured Van Dyke’s voice and personality so well. It’s nice to see a legendary performer sing about an unsung hero like co-writer Gold.