4.5 stars. This is Stefanie with my first review. If you judge enjoyment of a book by how quickly you finish it, then you might say that I enjoyed My Name is Love by Singer Darlene Love, which is a memoir on her years in the music business. Those who keep up with music may know this lady’s name either for the Christmas songs she has sung such as Christmas Baby Please Come Home, or other nonholiday songs which she sang both under her own name and the names of others such as the Crystals such as Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry and He’s a Rebel respectively. All three of these examples, recorded in the 1960’s, were sung under the direction of a famous producer named Phil Spector, and unfortunately for her, the songs not under Darlene Love’s name were usually bigger hits. Even so, I was interested in reading this book because of the story of triumph within its pages which includes being part of a famous music TV show of that decade, touring and singing with famous stars from Sam Cooke, to Elvis, to Thom Jones, and eventually a successful solo career. I’m glad I read this book, becayse I felt that I had a windo into a lifestyle which I will most likely never experience from singing in the church run by one’s preacher father,to the aforementioned performances behind famous stars. I thought the writing done by Love was engaging and I think anyone who wants a read of someone triumphing over adversity, this is it. The only suggestion I would make is that further editions have more on what has happened since the book was published in the mid 1990’s. Even so, it is a definite reread.
Do You Dream in Color by Laurie Rubin
5.0 of 5 stars
Hey folks, Amy here.
Time to get these book reviews rolling. I thought I’d start on a positive note with one of my favorites.
One might assume a blind person would spend all their spare time reading memoirs from other blind people. I admit, I have read a fair number of those. Usually, the writer was born with sight, got into an accident or came down with an illness, lost his/her sight and had to adjust. I found these stories reasonably fascinating at first, but after five or or six, they became redundant. When I heard about Rubin’s book, I began reading it with little enthusiasm.
And was I pleasantly surprised!
What I found most appealing with this book was that it was down-to-earth. It’s a memoir of a young woman who was born blind and all her trials and triumphs.
I would recommend this book to any sighted person who has questions about blindness but is afraid to ask. (Although no need to be afraid; we don’t bite.) I would also recommend this book to any blind young adult coming to terms with trying to gain independence in a mostly-sighted world. It is always nice to know just because the auther is a successful opera singer, she is human.
If any of you read the last post, you might know it was written by Amy. I am Stefanie of the aforementioned Stefanie and Amy sisters, and Amy and I have been besties since we went to college together.
While we have both enjoyed reading books, she was the more veracious reader initially. I had enjoyed reading as a child, but had gotten out of it, and didn’t pick it back up until after graduation.
We were inspired to start this blog as something to do together, and while I’ve done a bit of blogging previously, this is Amy’s first foray. I hope you will join us on this journey. 🙂
Hey y’all. It’s the Stefanie and Amy sisters.
Actually, we’re BFF’s, but we’ve been mistaken sisters in the past.
Supposedly, we don’t even look alike, but we don’t know for sure. we don’t look in the mirror.
We thought we’d start this project to review some of our favorit books.
And we might be discussing some disability-related topics as we’re blind. (Hence why we don’t look in the mirror.)