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Ghostbuster's Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
From the daughter of Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis comes a hilarious and heartwarming account of his life, work, and legacy.

Most of us know Harold Ramis as the filmmaker and actor who brought warmth and humor to the big screen in classics like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, and National Lampoon's Animal House. To Violet Ramis, he was
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Dutton
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Sean Gibson
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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More like 3.5 stars.

Full disclosure: Harold Ramis is, in my humble opinion, a comedy god, Ghostbusters is the greatest movie ever made, and one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the arts is that Ghostbusters 3 never actually became a thing. That might have influenced my star rating.

If you love Ramis, this will be interesting (and I mean the full Ramis oeuvre--not just one or two movies, as there's not that much detail about a
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Violet Ramis Stiel's affectionate memoir of her father, writer-director-producer-actor Harold Ramis (GROUNDHOG DAY, ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, GHOSTBUSTERS), offers an overview of both his successful career and their often chaotic family life. At one point, Ramis tells his daughter, "I think, really, being an adult is about acknowledging ambiguity in all areas of life and finding a way to be okay with that." Stiel embraces the disorder of her childhood and her father's life.

Stiel's parents had a
J.A. McNeil
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Couldn’t put it down and read the entire book in one day. Here was my adolescence through adulthood juxtaposed with one of my favorite actors and screenwriters life story. The brave memoir of Harold Ramis’ daughter is honest, eye-opening, and beautifully told with candid photos and countless interesting anecdotes. Ramis is someone I would love to have as a girlfriend, next door neighbor or fellow colleague. Who would have had such a rare glimpse into a Hollywood success story? Not only did she l ...more
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honest, heartwarming and humorous. I wouldn't want to have know Violet in high school, but I'd love to meet her now!
Diana Brown
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Violet Stiel loves her Daddy. She knows many of us love him too. And now that he has died, she'd like two things:
1. To keep him as alive as she can through memories and affectionate tribute
2. For you to know the man she knew, and love him as she did.

This book is not a biography of Ramis or his daughter. Rather, it's a memoir - a glimpse into each of their lives, following the thread of where those two lives intersected. It is the story of Violet's rare relationship with an uncommon man, and how
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
That it's a memoir about the love between a daughter and a father is the main point here. There doesn't seem to be much acknowledgment though from the author on the relationship between the way she was parented and the destructive behaviors she engaged in during her younger years. What was positive in her life however gave her strength to surpass that.

More importantly for me, Ramis Stiel seems unaware of her ignorance and dishonesty re: what upsets her about what she overhears at Yeshiva Univer
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will say it is in fact, impossible to put down. Finished it in a single day. Harold Ramis was a big part of my childhood, mainly through GHostbusters 1 and 2 playing repeatedly and overtime Stripes, Caddyshack, Vacation and Animal house. He very well a major part of what my comedy through his writing and occasionally acting. His daughter is equally as cool as him, maybe more so. This book was a joy to read. Violet Ramis Stiel wrote a loving book about her and her dad. It is all not airs and gr ...more
Adam Sockel
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coming from a large, unique family full of laughter, sadness, joy and jewish heritage, this memoir quite simply hit me right in the feels. At times it may seem like Violet takes advantage of having her father as a safety net but she does so fully acknowledging that she's lucky to have it. Her honesty about how she and her father saw (and see) the world is refreshing and she blends in stories about Harold's movies that any comedy fan like myself will adore. My heart aches for Violet and anyone wh ...more
Tammie Gunter
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book Makes me miss Harold. This was written by his daughter Violet. Her life with her dad was great , somewhat, divorce happens to her mom, he remarries. Its a great story and sad att he end to hear the last days of Harold's life. You will always be missed Harold. Several movies he made or directed she put chapters about them in the book, Stripes, Lampoons Vacation and more are in here.
Julia Bennett
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read! I dived in not really knowing what to expect, and to be honest - Seth Rogen tweeted about writing the intro and I thought I would give this a try. It's a book about being the daughter of a man who changed comedy, who created a blockbuster movie that has a cult following, and who hung around giants of comedy. Even bigger than that, it's a book about a beautiful and unique relationship between a father and a daughter.
Bryan Summers
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved this book. And Harold Ramis really came off as a good, good guy. It is a warts and all memoir but this guy doesn't have many warts. And he seems to be really grounded about the warts he has.

That being said and the author would probably be horrified that I came away with this but man, divorce, even the most amicable (and this was pretty amicable) is devastating and destructive to kids. I don't want to be judgmental at all and Harold Ramis is a hero of mine, and my dad's divorce meant that
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Egon was my favorite Ghostbuster. It was great to read about some of his work outside of acting. I read this on the heels of Caddyshack. It was also great to see the relationships of his co-workers through his daughter. They truly had an inspirational bond. I highly recommended this book!
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who loved her parents fiercely and lost them both, I can relate to this book on many levels. As a fan of the man, this book was an inside look into some of the movies that I grew up on. So worth the read.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful memoir about life with the multi-talented Harold Ramis, written by his daughter, Violet. I love his movies and was pleased to read that he was a pretty cool guy.
Brendan Egan
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book thoroughly explores Violet Ramis Stiel's relationship with her father, legendary comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis. The focus remains squarely on that relationship, and we learn as much about the author as we do about her famous father. While film fans may be looking for more in-depth analysis of Ramis' process as a filmmaker, and more information about the making of his films than we get here, this book gives some fascinating insight into Ramis as a father and as a man. T ...more
Terry Enright
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I expected a little less Violet and a little more Harold. In retrospect though it is a about life with Dad, so I guess that's my bad.
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