Bernard Cooper: The Bill from My Father

(Memoir, 240 pp. 2006)

The author recounts the story of his distant, irascible, father — a high-profile LA divorce lawyer. Before he dies, Cooper senior sends the son who always disappointed him (and who happened to be the only one of four sons to survive him) an itemized bill for two million dollars for the costs of his upbringing. By turns comic and horrifying, Cooper’s book is a testament to the terrible legacy of bad parenting, written by an ever-hopeful son. 

  • Review by Norah Vincent, New York Times, February 19, 2006
  • Review by Viv Groskop, The Observer, February 24, 2007
  • Review by Jim Van Buskirk, Lambda Book Report, Spring 2006
  • Review by Vivian Gornick, Los Angeles Times, January 29, 2006
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  • Video: Bernard Cooper reading from The Bill From My Father (23 min.)