Sunday, August 14
Life is Not a Stage by Florence Henderson, Joel Brokaw
Florence's father was a dirt-poor tobacco tenant farmer who was nearly fifty years old when he married Florence's twenty-five-year-old mother, and was nearly seventy when Florence was born. Florence's childhood was full of abuse and abandonment. Her father was an alcoholic at a time when there was no rehab or help for the disease. Their home rarely had electricity or running water. When she was twelve, Florence's mother left the family to work in Cleveland and never returned.
Florence is ready to open up about her childhood, as well as the challenges she's faced as an adult, including stage fright, postpartum depression, her extramarital affairs and divorce, and her hearing loss and heart problems. She writes with honesty and wisdom of how her faith and ability to survive has brought her through rough times to a life of profound joy and purpose. She notes that this memoir "is written as a natural consequence of forgiveness and compassion, not only for those who harmed me, but most importantly, for myself."
Joel Brokaw coauthored Tyler Perry's #1 New York Times bestseller Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings.
Publish Date: 9/20/2011
Size: 6" x 9"
Florence Henderson has had a very troubled life, and in this book she shares details about her childhood, her career, then her marriage and motherhood. She also shares explicit details of her indiscretions, affairs, insecurities and so much more.
Some portions of her story should have been kept private. There were some parts that were interesting, but overall I was disappointed in this memoir and really struggled to finish it.
Disclosure: Ebook received courtesy of Net Galley and Hachette Books.