30 August 2009 ~ 3 Comments

(Book) Stories from Candyland by Candy Spelling


Having read Tori Spelling’s memoirs earlier this year, I felt compassion for her, but I thought that surely she exaggerated when it came to her mother. To “prove” my point, I decided to read her mother’s memoir as well.

Now? My heart aches even more for Tori Spelling. This, this… woman… is her mother. I cannot even imagine growing up with this beast.

She’s materialistic. She’s self-centered. She’s self-serving. She doesn’t even TRY all that hard to come off as a good person – although she’ll tell you repeatedly that she is – she helped save someone from cancer by giving them money, afterall. I’m not saying that wasn’t a good thing to do, but seriously… the whole book is a joke.

I couldn’t believe how she would go on and on about all her stuff, her collections, her junk, her possessions. What about her life? Her friends? Her family? Her grandchildren?!?!? They are mere passing references in the glamorous life of “crap” she as acquired over the years.

The writing is atrocious. Could she not afford to hire an editor? Spelling, grammar, stories repeated. Horrible.

Tori, honey. I’m sorry. On behalf of everyone (myself included) that thought you were a spoiled little rich girl. I’m sorry. You truly are a good person in spite of this woman. Stop engaging her and move on your life, she’s not worth it.

This was a disgusting book and I am sorry I wasted money on it. BUT it did give me a growing sympathy for children.

From the Publisher

Carole Gene Marer spent her girlhood dreaming of meeting Rock Hudson, but when she finally had the chance—on her second date with her future husband, television mogul Aaron Spelling—she was so shy she hid all night in the powder room. How Candy morphed from that quiet, insecure girl into a seemingly-confident, stylish trophy wife, mistress of the largest house in Los Angeles (70,000 square feet when you count the attic) is at the heart of Stories from Candyland.

The life Candy created for her family—her husband and children Tori and Randy—was fabulous, over-the-top, and often magical. So what if California Christmases don’t come with snow? Let’s make some on the tennis court! How do we take a cross-country family vacation with a dad who doesn’t fly? By private train car, of course (with an extra for the 52 pieces of luggage). The kids want to dress up for Halloween? No problem, why not call in Nolan Miller to design their costumes?

Candy had a hand in some of the most beloved television shows of all time (she once stopped production on “Dynasty” because Krystle Carrington’s engagement ring was not spectacular enough), has entertained half of Hollywood in epic fashion, and lives an enviable life. But under all the fun and showmanship lies a more interesting character, still wrestling with some of the insecurities of her ingénue self. Oprah threw her into a major panic with a discussion of hoarding. A lifelong humming habit evolved as a unique coping mechanism. And there’s nothing like being defined as, “well, you know, complicated” by your daughter on television and in her ownbook.

Stories from Candyland sparkles with glamour and grand gestures. But it also satisfies with some more intimate Candy concerns: why being a perfect wife and mother was so important to her, how cooking and cleaning can keep the home fires burning, why collections matter, and whether dogs are better judges of people than people are.

Visit Candyland in these pages and get a glimpse of a generous, glittering world revealing many of its surprising (and funny?) secrets for the first time.


3 Responses to “(Book) Stories from Candyland by Candy Spelling”

  1. Carlie Fairchild 30 August 2009 at 9:42 pm Permalink

    That's so funny – I was *this* close to picking up Tori Spelling's new book this week but was afraid it would be too light of reading. Now that I know you've read it, it totally gives me the green light to read it though. 🙂

  2. Candy 30 August 2009 at 10:39 pm Permalink

    @Carlie – yup, if you search for "Tori Spelling" in that box up there, you'll see… the funny thing is that my mother (who is on my Kindle account) is the one that wanted to read them. They are pretty good (and yes, very light, but I'm okay with that) 🙂 AVOID her mother's book – at all costs. Blech!

  3. Lanel Taylor 12 October 2009 at 11:48 pm Permalink

    Couldn't agree with you more. Not a good book, not a nice person, not worth your time to even bother.

    I knew Candy's review and still thought she HAD to be wrong. Nope, Candy says it best. This woman doesn't even try to cover up the fact that she is a materialistic shallow person.

    And, her writing is atrocious. After reading the book I'm convinced she paid them to publish it for her, and I'm sure she paid them a lot. Too bad she didn't include a payment editing.

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