Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker-actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world-in Josephine Baker's Last Dance.
In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones spans Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, to her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, to her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.
With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.
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"This is an audiobook for people who want to know who was BeyoncŽ before BeyoncŽ, or Madonna before Madonna. Josephine Baker led a life that sounds more like that of a character in great literature than a groundbreaking entertainer, civil rights champion, and possible spy. But Baker was all of this and more. She was an international star, and Jones's fictionalized account of her life, as narrated expertly by Adenrele Ojo, is certain to enthrall and possibly inspire. Ojo's pacing and passion for the story of Baker's life come shining through. Listeners will be left with a deep appreciation for a woman whose life began in tragedy, included countless trials of the spirit, and ended in triumph. This is a riveting listen. J.P.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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