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Stories from Candyland
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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 ing¨¦nue 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 own book.

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.

Customer Reviews:

  • She's recovering from botulism
    Candy Spelling is recovering from botulism. Not from repeated botox injections mind you, but for years she was getting stuck with an old piece of meat. LMAO She is finally emerging from her years of self imposed mourning her husband's death, and is letting the world know that she's lonely and wanting to have fun again. She is confident that EVERYBODY ON EARTH wants to know about her private life, and is excited about her new career as a published author.
    I attended her booksigning event at Barnes and Noble @ The Grove yesterday. The Mah Johngg (sp??) ladies were there -- having reserved two rows of seats, and were shooing off anybody that wasn't paying attention to the reserved signs on the chair seats. What a bunch of phoney baloney Jewish old biddies -- constantly yapping about their own self absorbed interests -- latest shopping sprees, latest trips to Egypt and Israel, etc. Candy was fashionably late by a half hour, and had a weird contraption on her right hand after straining it by practicing signing her autograph repeatedly in the preceeding weeks. How funny -- only in LaLa Land. She put on her reading glasses and read her little boring speech word for word without ever making eye contact with her audience once. She was soft spoken and stumbled over words repeatedly, and seemed greatly relieved once she had delivered her presentation and could take a seat. She came well prepared, with three backups of everything ... three candy dishes of Hershey's Kisses -- three pink Sharpees to sign the books, and three bottles of Fiji water to refresh herself. I can see why her huge manor house is so cluttered -- she buys everything in multiples, and overprepares for all she does. She was forcibly polite as she posed with various strangers for photos and small talk. When it was my turn to get her signature,I threw the botulism joke at her and it whooshed right over her head. She smiled and giggled, but I knew she was clueless that I had just insulted her. How can someone so stupid and naive be so friggin' rich?...more info
  • Well....what is this book about?
    If you need to kill some time on a plane or just tired and don't want to read anything serious, then it is a good read about...nothing. Detailed description of a lavish lifestyle and how she tries to spend her tons of money...Oh, and some childhood memories. Nothing to learn from it, except a confirmation that it is good to have that kind of money. But we all know that without this book. :)...more info
  • Direct and to the Point!
    This is a "behind the scenes" look at what REALLY goes on....money/power/passion/heartbreak and betrayal..it has it all......more info
  • It's all about her
    My goodness, after reading her book, what a waste of time. What kind of lady was she? I would honestly think her life story would be far more interesting and more involved with philanthropy work - but really it's all about her, her and her. Instead she writes about what she buys, collects, fantasizes more about things/people and how her fantasies comes true. Speaking of reality, this woman is not 'Oprah'! Sorry, I've seen far better autobiographies than this!...more info
  • Tori's book is better!
    I read through sTori Telling and enjoyed every moment and every word. But Mom Candy's book had me skimming paragraph after paragraph, almost skipping one whole chapter. 3 pages devoted to listing her 65 collections!!! Yes, Candy you have a hoarding problem and should be featured on Oprah! Don't waste your money buying this book. Wait until one of your friends buy it, and read their copy. It's odd to me that she spends the majority of her book talking about all the loving hours she spent with her mother in the kitchen cooking and baking. Then in the last 20 pages her therapist and friend from childhood mentions that she had an awful childhood. I think Candy has spent so much time making up stories about all her dolls and mini fans, that she can't tell the differece between real and make-believe anymore. ...more info
  • Unrealistic
    This book was easy to read however I think Candy lives someplace in LaLa land. She contradicts herself especially when talking about her grandchildren. The stories related for the most part were not interesting . Enjoyed reading about her earlier life, how she met AAron and having the kids and how their life was. She writes alot about her mother and how they were always cooking and doing recipes together and yet a friend from childhood relates toward the end of the book how Candy's mother stayed in bed till 3 o'cock everyday and seemed to be sickly and that's not the picture you get from Candy's writing so what's that all about. You don't really get any insight into her and Tori's relationship at all....more info
  • A fun read ...and lots to learn

    I'm still chuckling about Candy Spelling's stories but I also took away a great deal of practical information from her book.

    She uses her real experience to give us a unique peek behind the curtain into the entertainment business. The chapter "There's a lot of Funny Business in Show Biz" tells about how the glitz and glamour of Award Shows really works and the other side of how confidential celebrity information ends up getting in the hands of gossip reporters.

    The book is important because it reveals the real secrets of the success of a women who helped her husband, Aaron Spelling, achieve the unrivaled position as the greatest television producer of all time. From the Mod Squad to the Love Boat to Beverly Hills 90210, Candy's husband produced the coolest, most watched and most remembered television shows through the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. And she was his partner in the truest sense of the word.

    It's clear from the book that there are practical things to learn from Candy that are so important for anyone, no matter how much money you have: how to make people around you feel great about themselves and want to work with you; how to give gifts that are appropriate but something special; and how to entertain in a way that is both intimate and unique.

    At the same time, it's the same Candy Spelling we've heard of: the 56,500 square foot home, four gift wrapping rooms, a mechanical lift that raises and lowers the chandelier (so strong it could raise and lower a Volkswagen) and the world's largest doll collection.

    I highly recommend this book and have bought copies for my friends.


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  • Self Centered, Selfish, Greedy, Egomaniacal, Stingy and Alone
    Poor Candy Spelling. Tori won't answer her calls and she sits alone at home. I saw the 60 minutes interview with this self absorbed woman. I thought that I would buy her book and get the other side of the story. I kept asking myself if this woman is for real? She has to be one of the most selfish women I have ever heard about in my life. Here she is living in this 50,000 square foot house with hundred's of stupid collections that she has spent millions and millions of dollars collecting. Did you see her doll collection? Her doll collection alone could send 50 kids to college. My parents are more giving than this lady and they have only moderate savings. It is a blessing to be able to give to your children but Candy doesn't know anything about giving. She is all about herself. Just check out her face. It is pulled tighter than a fat ladies girdle. I enjoy giving to my children as well. It is one of lives great internal rewards. It's not all about the money. It's about the selflessness of loving the other person enough to share with them the blessings that you have received. Can you imagine not even meeting your grandchild? I would do whatever it took to be near my grandchild. My husband and I have about one millionth of what Candy Spelling has but we have one thing that she will NEVER have, we have the deep love and respect of our children. Candy's book was one of the most boring and indulgent books I have ever read. I stuck to it and finished it despite the fact that I was falling asleep. I went away from the book with no sympathy for the author but pity for such a shallow and selfish woman. Candy is truly a pitiful woman. How Tori turned into the sweet woman she is is a miracle. Don't waste your money on this awful book. Check it out from the library if you feel you must read it. Don't give this selfish woman one more penny....more info
  • Like water, this book finds its own level.
    I dunno, I sorta liked this book. I mean, I bought it at Costco last week, paying less than I would have on Amazon or at a local book store. I would never have bought it if I hadn't seen it at Costco: ie, paid anywhere near full price for it.

    But, you get what you know what you're going to get with this book. No real insights to life and a rather interesting airbrushing of her life, erasing her Jewish upbringing in LA in the '50's. THAT story would have been more interesting than what she wrote.

    I'm giving it three stars because it was what I expected it to be, and nothing more (or less).

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  • Terrible/crazy lady
    Love Tori..Her books are honest sincere and enjoyable...Her "Mother" on the other hand is a crazy,self absorbed,mean,nasty,poor excuse for a parent/writer...I'm a mom myself and could never treat my daughter the way Candy has treated Tori..
    this book is a joke..don't waste your money..buy Tori's books instead...more info
  • A Domestic Diva Speaks Out...
    Stories from Candyland is an unexpected and seemingly forthright tale of a woman, raised in the fifties to be the best wife and mother she could be, who is catapulted into a Hollywood dream life. She describes herself as a "shy girl," one who fantasized about movie stars and the Hollywood life, and who pored over movie magazines as a teenager.

    Told in an organized fashion, this tale glides over the various aspects of this fairytale existence; she very deftly skirts the parenting issues, focusing on the guidance provided to mothers of her day - Dr. Spock, for one - and even offers quotes from his "Baby and Child Care" that "the perfect parent had yet to see the light of day."

    She occasionally mentions the very public conflicts aired by her daughter, but instead of going into them in any depth, she simply states that she did the best she could and that if there are issues, she wishes her daughter would address them with her personally. Perhaps this is simply a case of each person having a different view of events.

    Clearly, Mrs. Spelling chose to take domesticity to the heights of excellence - there are several chapters devoted to how she decorated and organized their outsized home, including how she managed the social life of a very successful man - and there is a chapter dedicated to her various collections. She even strikes a humorous tone here by demonstrating how her collections are extreme, but well-organized and archived even, but that she is not one who "hoards" objects (This was in response to an Oprah show she saw on "hoarders").

    In the final chapter, she shares a letter to her grandchildren (born to her daughter Tori Spelling), and then follows this up with some of her favorite recipes.

    In some ways, this author (who described herself as having experienced the "sixties" much differently from many) is another version of the generation in which I grew up - not a protester, she chose to smooth things over; she opted for a life of visual "confection" by surrounding herself with beautiful objects and beautiful people. She made her choices, and in the end, she states that: "I think my baby boomer generation grew up during one of the most fascinating, exciting, and confusing times in history, and I wouldn't trade what I've learned and done for anything."

    Her choices were not the same as some of the rest of us made, but they were definitely her choices to make.

    Recommended reading for anyone who wants to indulge in a peek into a glamorous, yet sometimes fishbowl world - a world of paparazzi and celebrity stalking and the very public airing of one's personal life. If for no other reason than to be grateful NOT to be part of this world!

    Laurel-Rain Snow
    Author of: Chasing Stardust, etc.


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  • Insightful
    I found this a stimulating and refreshing page turner. An good read and very candid....more info
  • Selfish
    Don't waste your time. She is totally selfish and an idiot that has been in Cali for way too long and actually let it go to her head. Team TORI~! I hope I'm never like you as a mother!...more info
  • it's not a good book, but I totally loved it
    Stories from Candyland is one of those books that's really hard to review for a simple reason: it's not good, but I absolutely loved it. I don't think it's a coincidence the reviewers at Amazon are equally divided between 5 stars and 1 star ratings.

    I am a huge fan of Tori Spelling's faux reality show So NoTorious, and I read STori Telling and enjoyed it. I've seen a lot of Beverly Hills, 90210 episodes in my time, and I am pretty well-versed in the Spelling universe. I can't say I had much of an opinion of Candy going into the book. From Tori's stories in her first autobiography and the hilarious anecdotes from the show (brilliantly played by Loni Anderson), I gathered she was a little cooky.

    Stories from Candyland is a completely bizarre autobiography because it's not even remotely chronological. I imagine her writing it, appearing at the computer, and deciding what to write that day, and keeping the book in the same order. There are ridiculous gaps in what is interesting: how she came to be married at 17, then divorced; how she came to meet Aaron Spelling; the relationship with her former "friend" and alleged lover; her relationship with Tori. Candy merely alludes to these omissions. Is she hankering for another book deal? I hope so!

    In all seriousness, I've read a lot of children's literature last semester. A recurring theme was the ability of authors to employ a child as a protagonist and have the reader understand both how the child viewed his or surroundings and knowledge of what was actually going on . Candy Spelling is a child protagonist. Part of the book's joy is hearing her tell stories and knowing what's actually happening, even though I'm confident she has little to no idea. She often speaks directly to Tori in the pages of the book.

    Candy Spelling is delightful, and I would hate for her to be my mother. I want to go to her home, drink wine, talk to her, then go home and deconstruct everything she said and did. Stories From Candyland is a small window into her world, and although I don't particularly like her or respect her, I find her immensely fascianting, and I loved the book. ...more info
  • Refreshing
    This book was loaned to me by a friend, I might never have purchased it, and I would have missed a candid, no nonsense book about a woman who, except for the Zillion Dollar lifestyle, was exactly like me and some of my friends. I considered this book an honest account of the life of a facinating woman married to an unbelievably talented man, refreshing coming from Tinsel Town. It is hard to read this book and not take sides between Candy and Tori................I choose Candy, a loving wife and mother.
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  • What a Load Of...
    Wow. Has anyone else noticed that the 5-star reviews of this book are quite obviously posted by Candy Spelling's friends ? PATHETIC.

    Candy Spelling has yet to write anything significant or remotely interesting, and you certainly won't find it here. She is the epitome of selfishness and delusion, having lived an undeservedly privileged life because of Aaron Spelling.

    Come on - a doll collection ? Those dolls were originally "gifts" to Tori at every birthday, only to end up in Candy's collection. Does anyone see the irony of her having four gift wrapping rooms and not understanding the first thing about truly GIVING a damn from her heart ? That's because she doesn't have one !

    This reads as a very heavy-handed counterattack to her daughter's book and fails miserably. No new revelations about life at the Manor. We've all heard about the snow at Christmas and the designer Halloween costumes. Find something original to tell us, Candy. On top of that, what editor allows an author to drone on and on while listing all of her collections ? What a waste of paper !

    Don't waste your time or your money on this book. Spend it on Tori's....more info
  • Sweet!
    This is one sweet book. I found it a true confection of stories. What a wonderful glimpse inside Hollywood and the silent Spelling. We have heard so much about Aaron and Tori, how fun to realize that this "trophy wife" is smart and witty and had the same childhood dreams like the rest of us. She examines her self with candor and presents us with the human side of growing up as a person,wife, mom and grandmother. ...more info