In The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family, the siblings offer an account of a Tinseltown childhood remarkably free of malice, regret or self-pity ... The Howards are happy to marinate in their memories of their honorable parents, fraternal bonds and a business that has kept both of them employed for nearly their entire lives ... In an age when Hollywood’s highest-profile parent-child relationship is that between Britney Spears and her father, what could be more refreshing than the homespun horse sense of the Howard boys?
Their new joint memoir focuses mostly on their early lives and will be of interest to fans of their shows (including Happy Days and numerous films) and of Hollywood in general. Although the writing often tends to tell rather than show (perhaps a fault of the author-editor who 'assisted'), it is interspersed with more conversational quotes from the brothers that show their own voices and their genuine fondness for each other. Readers are treated to many behind-the-scenes details and insights, along with family photographs that illustrate the book.
Fascinating ... In lighthearted prose, they fondly recall the years they spent in friendly competition ... Candid, humorous, and entertaining, this intimate account will be a hit with the brothers’ fans.