A fascinating triple biography of the lives and careers of three of our most beloved singer-songwriters - Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. Through alternating chapters, Weller explores the cultural and sociological circumstances that enabled these three very different women to forge their own way through the pop music landscape, ultimately telling a larger story of women experiencing a newfound freedom and awakening in the 60s and 70s. Lots of juicy tidbits about the stories behind the songs, the men behind the scenes, and the struggles and triumphs behind the making of our most cherished albums. A great summer read: chock full of gossip, insight, and nostalgia.
Growing up gay in 1960's Mississippi wasn't much fun. Racism and homophobia were the order of the day. In Mississippi Sissy we are transported to this world, replete with hurt and sadness,but not the bitterness you might expect. Growing up as an outsider gave Sessums strength and resiliance - two qualities that shine through on every page. His circle of friends provided the family that he always craved, and serving as "den mother" to him and his coterie of thespian buddies was Eudora Welty! By turns funny and sad, this is a wise, well-balanced memoir.
"I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats."
Alexie's first young adult novel is a semiautobiographical chronicle of Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian. Born with water on the brain and being in the top of his class , Arnold is regularly the target of bullies. His love for drawing is his only outlet for escape from his bleak surrounding.
The artwork of Ellen Forney is a perfect match to the endearing and heartbreaking writing of Alexie. Told with the wit, humor and raw truthfulness of a 14 year old there are times when you are bursting laughing one page then sobbing the next.
A tour de force for Alexie's first jump into young adult writing. I highly suggest this read for teens who feel they are on the fringe and adults who grew up there.