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Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle


Legendary singer and actress, Ethel Waters' life is a prime example of life being stranger than fiction. Waters rose from a poverty stricken childhood to a life of wealth and fame. A child of rape, Ethel Waters had a difficult childhood with her emotionally distant mother. At seventeen, Waters began her entertainment career by singing in nightclubs in her native Pennsylvania. Soon she began traveling on the 'chitlin circuit' performing in night clubs across the United States, under the indignities of Jim Crow laws. As Waters' fame rose during the 1920's and 1930's, she performed in several Broadway stage productions and Hollywood films. Waters' life held much success including several hit records and an Academy Award nomination for her role in the film, Pinky Water's also battled hardships in her life, such as an unwanted teenage marriage, the death of her beloved grandmother and many failed romantic relationships. Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters includes quotes from Ethel Waters' autobiography, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, which helps Bogle create a multi-faceted biography of a talented woman with a complex personality. Despite being over six hundred pages, Heat Wave reads quick and easy, like a good beach novel.

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