The Mighty Franks: A Family Memoir by Michael Frank

The Mighty Franks: A Family Memoir

A psychologically acute memoir about an unusual and eccentric Hollywood family.My feeling for Mike is something out of the ordinary, Michael Frank overhears his aunt say to his mother when he is a boy. I wish he were mine.Michael's childless Auntie Hankie and Uncle Irving, glamorous Hollywood screenwriters, are doubly his aunt and uncle brother and sister married sister an...

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The Mighty Franks: A Family Memoir Reviews

  • Daniel Schmeder
    Feb 20, 2017

    How do I know when my banana cupcake is THAT delicious or a drinks party is THAT entertaining or a new book is THAT enjoyable?..... I ration it, yep I savor and ration, that's also how I knew I was enjoying "The Mighty Franks" because I rationed it.

    Just because Michael Frank interprets family life as extreme sports does NOT mean it's all blustery Agustin Burroughs empty calories. These are 1970s Laurel Canyon memories gently held hostage and displayed by one the most objective memoirists since

    How do I know when my banana cupcake is THAT delicious or a drinks party is THAT entertaining or a new book is THAT enjoyable?..... I ration it, yep I savor and ration, that's also how I knew I was enjoying "The Mighty Franks" because I rationed it.

    Just because Michael Frank interprets family life as extreme sports does NOT mean it's all blustery Agustin Burroughs empty calories. These are 1970s Laurel Canyon memories gently held hostage and displayed by one the most objective memoirists since Katherine Graham. The Mighty Franks is subtle and exciting at the same time. Only someone who is certain of what they are doing can achieve such thrilling balance. This antihero, a gloriously malignant Auntie Mame is no cookie cutter villain. Her brand of Narcissism is alluring, sexy and feral. She makes Trump look like a rank amateur. And unlike Trump you crave every page she appears on.

    The Mighty Franks, right outta the gate, is engaging, powerful and redemptive for anyone who was one of ... "those who's names were never called when choosing sides for basketball"

    Y'all can thank me later for the recommendation

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  • Susan
    May 15, 2017

    I mistakenly thought this book was about Michael Frank but really it was about his aunt, Harriet Frank Revetch. She was involved in the movie industry, though I had not heard of her prior to this book. However, the book isn’t about hob-knobbing with the rich and famous. The book chronicles Hankie’s difficult relationships with her family members and friends. She was extremely magnanimous and loving when it served her purposes and then would place heavy burdens on the people around her using her

    I mistakenly thought this book was about Michael Frank but really it was about his aunt, Harriet Frank Revetch. She was involved in the movie industry, though I had not heard of her prior to this book. However, the book isn’t about hob-knobbing with the rich and famous. The book chronicles Hankie’s difficult relationships with her family members and friends. She was extremely magnanimous and loving when it served her purposes and then would place heavy burdens on the people around her using her previous benevolence as leverage. It was very hard to read how the people around her let her harm them over and over again without protecting themselves or each other. Many times I wondered why Mr. Franks was willing to share this dark side of his childhood with us. I know writing out what happened was probably extremely cathartic for him but he was very brave to let the world know that life wasn’t always so beautiful for Hollywood’s beautiful families.

    A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kristine
    May 12, 2017

    Aunt Harriet/Hankie/Tantie feels intense motherly love for the author, Mike, and showers him with outings, gifts, and quality time on their shared interests of design, movies, reading, drama, and fashion. Their extended family all lives in Laurel Canyon and their eccentricities garner Mike some teasing from his same-age peers. The book speaks of all of this, as well as dysfunctional travels throughout Europe, a

    Aunt Harriet/Hankie/Tantie feels intense motherly love for the author, Mike, and showers him with outings, gifts, and quality time on their shared interests of design, movies, reading, drama, and fashion. Their extended family all lives in Laurel Canyon and their eccentricities garner Mike some teasing from his same-age peers. The book speaks of all of this, as well as dysfunctional travels throughout Europe, and the aftermaths of each family member.

  • Jo Anne
    May 15, 2017

    This is an incredible ride through one man's 70's childhood, growing up in an unusual, and unusually sparkly, LA family with Hollywood ties. It's a compelling story about the courage it takes to grow up, and about the complexities of family love and loyalty. I couldn't put it down!

  • Jill Meyer
    May 18, 2017

    In a memoir, the author's most personal thoughts and recollections are on offer and the result can be very difficult to read. This seems true with Michael Frank's "The Mighty Franks: A Memoir". But what is difficult to read must have been excruciating to actually live through. Frank grew up in Los Angeles in a family so marked by the malevolence of one family member, his aunt Harriet Frank, Jr, whose lifetime of narcissistic behavior terrorised the family for sixty years. Michael Frank doesn't u

    In a memoir, the author's most personal thoughts and recollections are on offer and the result can be very difficult to read. This seems true with Michael Frank's "The Mighty Franks: A Memoir". But what is difficult to read must have been excruciating to actually live through. Frank grew up in Los Angeles in a family so marked by the malevolence of one family member, his aunt Harriet Frank, Jr, whose lifetime of narcissistic behavior terrorised the family for sixty years. Michael Frank doesn't use the word "narcissist" to describe his aunt, but her behavior mimics the narcisstic behavior of several people I know. If you read the book, you may use a different term to describe "Hanky", depending on your experience with such a malevolent person.

    Michael Frank's aunt and uncle are real people, who have Wikipedia entries. His uncle, Irving Ravetch, and his aunt, Harriet Frank, Jr,(known as "Hanky") were noted screenwriters in the 1950's to 1980's. They worked primarily with director Martin Ritt. (You should read their Wiki entries before reading the book.) Michael was their nephew - a double nephew, at that, because his mother was Irving Ravetch's sister and his father was Harriet Frank's brother. A cozy combination which made for a cozy family unit, whose members lived a few blocks from each other in the Hollywood hills. To make matters even cozier, the two grandmothers shared an apartment after their respective husbands died. Both couples lived in and out of the other's homes, and the Frank's three sons were thought of a surrogate sons for Irving and Hanky, who had no children. However, the Ravetch's, particularly Hanky, seemed to prefer young Michael to his brothers, and, indeed, to anyone other than her husband. She was the "Auntie Mame" to his Patrick and showered him with gifts and attention. But the attention was that of his place in Hanky's world. She was the sun, he was planet circling. He finally rebelled in his late teens but by then Hanky's malevolence to him and the rest of the family continued unabated.

    Michael Frank's memoir begins when he was a child and continued up through Irving's death in 2010 and to Hanky's continued existence. He spares little of the "true" Hanky Ravetch and her wretched influence in his book. It's a fascinating book, as memoirs often are.

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