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Nina Simone

Acker, Kerry

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ISBN 10: 079107952X / ISBN 13: 9780791079522
Published by Chelsea House Publishers, Philadelphia, 2004
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Text is clean. Binding tight. No ownership or other markings. No underling. slight edgewear and smudging on the front and back of cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 032547

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Title: Nina Simone

Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers, Philadelphia

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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A brief biography of the High Priestess of Soul and her music From Bach to Billie Holiday, Gershwin to Bob Dylan, Nina Simone (1933-2003) melded a wealth of outwardly incom-patible influences into her own peerless style. Simone's debut album in 1958 won her stardom that was to last for forty-five years and is likely to continue for decades to come.

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Reviewed with Cliff Mills' Virginia Woolf.

Gr. 9-12. These two biographies from the Women in the Arts series address both the personal and the professional lives of their subjects with mixed results. Both books follow the women chronologically from childhood to death, with a few photographs and well-integrated quotes from the artists, their peers, and historians and critics, who offer insight into the extraordinary impact of each woman's work. The treatments of the subjects' personal lives are uneven and less successful. In Virginia Woolf, Mills gracefully mentions Woolf's close relationships with individuals of both genders, but he speculates that childhood molestation may have left an impact on her sexual relationship with her husband, which, without offering deeper context, seems out of place and poorly handled in a book of this length for this age group. Nina Simone has a more straightforward tone, but it, too, includes unnecessary references to casual love affairs. Despite the problems, however, both books are solid introductions to their fascinating subjects, and the lively quotes give a strong sense of the complicated women behind the facts. Back matter includes a chronology, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading. Gillian Engberg
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