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We caught up with Grant, the only child of Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, by phone from Los Angeles, where she lives with her 2 1/2-year-old son, Cary Benjamin, and fiance, Scott Wood. "When it comes to Father's Day, I will remember my dad for both being there to nurture me and also for the times he gave me on my own to cultivate my own interests and to nurture my own spirit,'' said Grant, 45. On May 3, the Stanford graduate released a memoir on her relationship with the movie icon, who became a father at age 62, called Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father.

What's on your nightstand?

There are four books that I'm shuffling between. The first is The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982, then there's Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Winston Churchill by John Keegan and Practical Wisdom for Parents by Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum, which is wonderful, written by women who juggle career and family.

Have you been a fan of Oates for long?

What's funny is this is the first I've ever read her. She's great, even her stream of consciousness is so brilliant.

In the 1970s, did she have trouble sleeping yet?

I'm only 40 pages in, and already I know she doesn't sleep much. She had some tough nights.

How did you choose Let the Great World Spin?

I was looking for a new novel, and I browse about the various lists out there, and I wanted to find something my fiance and I could read together, something that appealed to both of us. And it does. The characters are richly drawn. It's almost like a series of short stories but linked by one event, and it takes place in New York City.

What was your dad's favorite bedtime story to read with you?

I remember him reading Sleeping Beauty, and he would play the score by Tchaikovsky as he read it. We'd also read Winnie the Pooh, and you know those probably that he most often read me were Beatrix Potter books, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. I still have at least 15 of them.

Are you going to write another book?

I have something but it's not fully fleshed out yet.

And do you want to say what genre?

It's not a novel.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

What's Jennifer Grant reading? 06/18/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 18, 2011 5:30am]

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