In ninety-seven poems using the titles from Billie Holiday's song list, the first twenty-five years of Billie Holiday's life are celebrated. It wasn't always an easy life and she grew up fast and much too early, but she found herself in song. Billie, born Eleanora Fagan, was never in one place for a long time. Her mother kept her and shipped her off dramatically depending on the state of the family fortunes. Her father, Clarence Holiday, kept to the fringes of her life for the most part. Billie met drink, drugs and brothels by the time she was twelve. She also found the wonder of the movies and the gift that was her voice. Putting the two together she acted the part of a much older girl/woman and began singing in the bars and clubs wowing all with her sultry sound. The book ends before her life soared downward and her beautiful voice is heard and felt in every smoky, hopeful, troubled poetic line. 117 pages Ages 14 and up
Becoming Billie Holiday
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