Josephine Baker's Last Dance

Josephine Baker s Last Dance From the author of The Jewel of Medina a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hid

  • Title: Josephine Baker's Last Dance
  • Author: Sherry Jones
  • ISBN: 1501102443
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures.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 dedicat From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures.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 equitable world in Josephine Baker s Last Dance In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine s early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 372 pages Published December 4th 2018 by Gallery Books More Details ISBN 1501102443 ISBN13 9781501102448 Edition Language English Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader 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while still a child living in St Louis Josephine endures abuse 4 engaging stars to Josephine s Last Dance Oh, how I enjoyed this look into Josephine Baker s life What an icon she was and continues to be with her legacy Who was Josephine Baker What defines her the most Singer Dancer Actor Civil Rights activist She even joined the French Resistance during WWII Josephine s early life is marred by poverty and living in servitude Her mother sends her out of the home as a servant while still a child living in St Louis Josephine endures abuse at the hands of her parents and also by those for whom she works Ultimately, she makes a break from her unstable and dysfunctional home life and becomes a dancer She finds herself touring all the way to Paris While there, she breaks all the glass ceilings for black women the first to dance on stage in Paris, the first lead in a movie, and then an opera She is at the top of her game career wise and touring all over Europe Josephine has an encounter with Nazis while touring in Berlin, and because of that, she becomes involved with the French Resistance What she does in this role and how she carries it out is intriguing and masterful After having lived in a Europe without segregation, when Josephine returns to the United States on tour, she is heartbroken and dispirited to find out that nothing has changed since she left She vows to take on prejudice in the U.S I am so grateful I read this book Josephine was a spitfire, an ingenue, a power player, and a change maker, and I found her inspiring Ahead of her time, she remains an icon, and Sherry Jones found the perfect way to depict her spirited nature, her passion for life, and her commitment to human rights Josephine Baker s Last Dance is a bold journey of a bold woman Thank you to Gallery Books for the opportunity to read and review this treasure of a book All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 86 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Carol Love Josephine Baker s music but there is so much here I was just thinking about Josephine Baker last week when I attended a picture book, book Love Josephine Baker s music but there is so much here I was just thinking about Josephine Baker last week when I attended a picture book, book discussion We had compared several Juvenile memoirs and I couldn t help but think of reading Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker which would have fit the theme well.Enjoyed your review and will keep this book in mind Dec 12, 2018 06 46AM Kristin Great review I have had my eye on this one for a while and your review really makes me want to pick it up soon Jan 31, 2019 07 58AM Oct 23, 2018 Mats Werner rated it it was amazing Josephine Baker was during some ten years before her premature death in 1975, a very dear friend of mine and also of our family.The loss of Josephine at the treshold of new adventures, after some years when she was or less forgotten and out , when as an extra burden her money problem caused her great distress, was deeply felt.In Stockholm, one of her regular tour stops , she had enormous successes during so many years starring with a large entourage on the most important show stages Josephine Baker was during some ten years before her premature death in 1975, a very dear friend of mine and also of our family.The loss of Josephine at the treshold of new adventures, after some years when she was or less forgotten and out , when as an extra burden her money problem caused her great distress, was deeply felt In Stockholm, one of her regular tour stops , she had enormous successes during so many years starring with a large entourage on the most important show stages But for some years she now had to endure without any orchestra but with just a single piano player, to be able to get a gig at all The following year a suburbean dance hall had the courtesy of inviting her to perform for a week and with a full show orchestra backing At that time she received this fantastic opportunity to perform in full gala at Bobino in Paris Bobino was of course not Le Lido or the Folies Bergere, but still a great place to make a come back on I had also managed to negotiate two weeks performances at a new show scene in the center of Stockholm after the Bobino sejour She was definitely coming back She still had her strong and very personal voice, her moves, her one second dress changes and her ability to mesmerize the audience She would have made a great impact on a new generation and remained the queen of the show scene But fate wanted something else and she suffered a major stroke that took her life just after the successful opening at Bobino.A lot has been written about Josephine But now Sherry Jones, author of among others the success novel The Jewel of Medina , has taken on Josephines history in the form of a biographic novel and done so with the honours.It is not a chronological biography, but focuses on some important parts of Josephines life Her youth, that the hard way taught her both the joyfulness and the sorrows of life in the black community of USA in the beginning of the last century Her lifelong fight against racism and segregation Her venture as a spy for the French resistance during the war Her aim to form a rainbow family she defined the word long before the HBTQ people kidnapped it of adopted children of all races, religions and ethnical backgrounds But mainly of course, her life on stage where she became the undisputed star of her time.As the strong and determined girl she was, she never let hardship hold her back France opened its arms to her and let her flourish But also in her new and beloved country she could now and then experience bigotry, pettiness and racism Especially during the 30 ies and 40ies when France was under influences of the WWII and the Nazis.Sherry empathetically captures the girl and the woman, Josephine, with great compassion and sympathy.It is rather unbelievable that in fact Sherry has never even met Josephine Baker, because she can picture her personality extremely accurate.And the language is so vivid and capturing almost a ready made movie manuscript I would look forward to seeing this on a screen Let Sherry Jones book be the continuation of Josephine Bakers fight for humanity, equal rights and love Just read it MATS WERNERSweden flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 15, 2018 Kyra Leseberg Roots Reads rated it really liked it Shelves arc I must say I didn t know very much about Josephine Baker It wasn t until I read the short children s picture book biography in the Little People, Big Dreams series to my daughter that I learned she wasn t just an entertainer but a woman who fought for Civil Rights equality and joined the French Resistance to destroy Hitler during World War II.The short children s biography was so brief and yet I was fascinated When I found Josephine Baker s Last Dance on NetGalley earlier this year, I absolu I must say I didn t know very much about Josephine Baker It wasn t until I read the short children s picture book biography in the Little People, Big Dreams series to my daughter that I learned she wasn t just an entertainer but a woman who fought for Civil Rights equality and joined the French Resistance to destroy Hitler during World War II.The short children s biography was so brief and yet I was fascinated When I found Josephine Baker s Last Dance on NetGalley earlier this year, I absolutely had to request it.This book brings to life Baker s most monumental moments, beginning in childhood when her mother hired her out as a servant to white people in St Louis She suffered abuse not only at the hands of the people she served but also her own mother and step father.With an unstable home life, Josephine found herself living and sleeping with men when she was still a child Her love of music inspires her to perform and she begins touring with all black revues as a dancer She eventually makes her way to Paris, where she finds that segregation does not exist.Josephine s career explodes she becomes the first black woman to dance nude on the Paris stage and the first to lead a movie and star in an opera Along the way she falls in love often and has a fierce sexual appetite, taking lovers in most cities she tours.When Hitler gains control in Germany, Josephine will not forget the Nazis who scared her in Berlin and vows to bring them down She s given the opportunity a few years later when she s recruited in to the French Resistance collecting important information from the government officials who occupy her night clubs and hope to seduce her.Disgusted with segregation in America, Josephine refused to return to her home country to many years When she does return on tour, she is shocked to find nothing has changed and eventually chooses to dedicate her life to fighting prejudice.Josephine Baker s life was a whirlwind there are so many daring and thrilling things she did in her life from a troubled teen searching for affection she didn t receive at home, to flirtatious showgirl, to government spy, to Civil Rights activist The amount of fame Baker had in Europe was astonishing She was the sweetheart of Paris who could do no wrong for a time and I can only compare it to the stardom of modern day pop stars like Britney Spears in the early 2000 s.Powerfully written, at times brazen and always unapologetically truthful like the woman herself, Sherry Jones has documented both the triumphs and tragedies of Josephine Baker, the bold woman who was ahead of her time in every way.Thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review Josephine Baker s Last Dance is scheduled for release on December 4, 2018.For full reviews, visit rootsandreads.wordpress flag 10 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 17, 2018 Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves biographical fiction, historical fiction Why read a fictional biography Sometimes, there is no choice biographies may be out of date, or nonexistent When they are available, they may be too linear to capture than the facts, just the facts, ma am.There are biographies of Josephine Baker, the Black Pearl, if the reader wants to know who, what where, and when I doubt there ever will be one that captures the wild energy, the passionate spirit, and the artistry that came together in this spectacular woman the way Sherry Jones has Why read a fictional biography Sometimes, there is no choice biographies may be out of date, or nonexistent When they are available, they may be too linear to capture than the facts, just the facts, ma am.There are biographies of Josephine Baker, the Black Pearl, if the reader wants to know who, what where, and when I doubt there ever will be one that captures the wild energy, the passionate spirit, and the artistry that came together in this spectacular woman the way Sherry Jones has done She has shown us the how and why, and filled in the spaces the beauty and the ugliness, both that underlay the public spectacle of the glittering international star.The Josephine Baker who sailed to Paris in 1925 had already powered through enough personal suffering and systemic racism to flatten most people But, with unlimited talent and drive, she escaped initial rejections in the United States too skinny and too dark by landing a job that took her to the integrated world of Paris There, her breakthrough abandon and energy in La Danse de Sauvage, clad only in a skirt made of faux bananas, brought artistic acclaim and access to all she ever wished for the extravagant lifestyle, a starring role at the Folies Bergere, a film career She searched endlessly for love while hobnobbing with Colette, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and the rest of the expatriates.Her dreams of Europe changed as Brownshirts and Nazis came to her shows and made their vicious intentions clear A return to New York showed her that not even her fame could break through the racism, and she returned to Europe, disillusioned.She continued to sing and dance and act the role as an international sensation, but used her position to work as a spy and pilot for the Resistance, facing mortal danger in the name of freedom After the war, she shifted her focus to challenge racial discrimination wherever her career took her, despite personal heartaches and ill health Back in America, she forced nighclubs to integrate if they wanted her to sing, she called attention to African Americans on Death Row who were victims of racist justice, and she participated in very public and challenging actions with the NAACP.The happiest day of her life, she said, was when she participated with Joan Baez and others, introducing Rev Martin Luther King before he gave his speech, I have a dream Later, she created a Rainbow Tribe by adopting twelve children, demonstrating how beautiful a multi ethnic world could be.All of the episodes in this gritty and granular novel are set as her memories during her last performance, celebrating fifty years of stardom in Paris The reader will come away breathless with admiration for the power and energy of Josephine Baker s life, and how she used her fame to better the world Watching videos on YouTube is a pale introduction to this groundbreaking woman The reader s imagination will be well served by this stunning novel.Five stars, because only five are available flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Irene rated it really liked it This was a riveting, well researched, fact based though slightly embellished account of the life of Josephine Baker from her childhood and beyond her rise to fame, becoming the highest paid black performer in the world Since Josephine is no longer with us to be able to share her intimate thoughts, there was a good mix of story telling and facts It held me captivated from start to finish as Josephine grew from a poverty stricken neglected child to a strong willed woman who stood along side MLK This was a riveting, well researched, fact based though slightly embellished account of the life of Josephine Baker from her childhood and beyond her rise to fame, becoming the highest paid black performer in the world Since Josephine is no longer with us to be able to share her intimate thoughts, there was a good mix of story telling and facts It held me captivated from start to finish as Josephine grew from a poverty stricken neglected child to a strong willed woman who stood along side MLK to fight for civil rights I received an advance copy for review flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley read, read in 2018, read in november 18 Josephine Baker s Last Dance was an entertaining and captivating read Josephine Baker withstood so many obstacles in her life and those obstacles shaped her Racism, segregation, poverty and sexual abuse The author brought Josephine to life, showing us the real woman behind the public persona I thoroughly enjoyed this one flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Sherry rated it it was amazing Review from the author While creating this book, I fell utterly in love with Josephine Baker, as did everyone who ever knew her Langston Hughes Bessie Smith Hemingway Colette The King of Sweden The Pasha of Marrakesh The Prince of England Louis Armstrong Grace Kelly Mick Jagger The list goes on and on, and the reasons why become clear when you read JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE When I finished it after four years research and writing I wanted to do it all again, just to remain in Ms Baker s bedazzling c While creating this book, I fell utterly in love with Josephine Baker, as did everyone who ever knew her Langston Hughes Bessie Smith Hemingway Colette The King of Sweden The Pasha of Marrakesh The Prince of England Louis Armstrong Grace Kelly Mick Jagger The list goes on and on, and the reasons why become clear when you read JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE When I finished it after four years research and writing I wanted to do it all again, just to remain in Ms Baker s bedazzling company I ve read JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE twice since getting the first printed copy in the mail, and relished every moment because Josephine I ve always said that I would live a life with no regrets, but now I have one I never got to meet the glorious, stupendous, funny, smart, sassy, sexy, inspiring, charismatic Josephine Baker flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Diane S rated it liked it Shelves lor 2019 Thoughts soon flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 BookGypsy rated it it was amazing Shelves net galley, favorites 2018 A great look into the life of this amazing iconic woman Her youth which was horrific but shaped her to be the strong woman she was The many issues she faced from poverty, racism,and segregation This book was an eye opening as I ve read about Josephine before but never to this depth This really takes you deep into her life The good and the bad It shows just how much Josephine had done in her life Things most of us would never have known We know the singer and dancer but she was so much mo A great look into the life of this amazing iconic woman Her youth which was horrific but shaped her to be the strong woman she was The many issues she faced from poverty, racism,and segregation This book was an eye opening as I ve read about Josephine before but never to this depth This really takes you deep into her life The good and the bad It shows just how much Josephine had done in her life Things most of us would never have known We know the singer and dancer but she was so much than that A truly amazing read Bittersweet.I was given a copy of this from the publisher for my honest review.Dawn Ruby Book GypsyNovels N Latte Book BlogNovels Latte Book ClubHudson Valley NY flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 18, 2018 Joy rated it really liked it Before reading this, I knew very little about Josephine Baker other than the fact that she was an African American Parisian dancer who worked against the Nazis in WW2 This book is the reason I love biographical historical fiction than straight biography Not only is Baker brought to life, but her surroundings, her family, her many men, her amazing talent, and her place in history are so vivid and memorable that I feel truly enriched An excellent read flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 24, 2018 Jamckean rated it really liked it I had never heard of Josephine Baker before reading this book, but I now understand that she was truly a force to be reckon with The author takes readers on an incredible journey, following Josephine s life from poverty to stardom, from working as a housekeeper in Missouri to performing as a showgirl in Paris Not satisfied with just the limelight, Baker also became heavily involved in the WWII French Resistance and the Civil Rights movement A fascinating story about a remarkable woman that I I had never heard of Josephine Baker before reading this book, but I now understand that she was truly a force to be reckon with The author takes readers on an incredible journey, following Josephine s life from poverty to stardom, from working as a housekeeper in Missouri to performing as a showgirl in Paris Not satisfied with just the limelight, Baker also became heavily involved in the WWII French Resistance and the Civil Rights movement A fascinating story about a remarkable woman that I highly recommend flag 4 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 17, 2018 Dawn Wells rated it really liked it Wow, the history here is incredible, the writing is remarkable, the story stories show, strength, passion, growth and the ability to believe I ve heard stories of her for decades I ve also read other books about her but this one was the most well rounded It showed her life with out excuses A fabulous read flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 15, 2019 KOMET rated it liked it Shelves african american literature, historical novels general Josephine Baker is someone I had known about since my elementary school days than 40 years ago, when I first saw her profile in a calendar celebrating what was then Black History Month I was fascinated to learn that she had gone to Paris in 1925 and made herself into a superstar in France and across the world JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE was given to me last month as a Christmas gift The essence of the novel has as a centerpiece, what was Josephine Baker s last great stage performance Josephine Baker is someone I had known about since my elementary school days than 40 years ago, when I first saw her profile in a calendar celebrating what was then Black History Month I was fascinated to learn that she had gone to Paris in 1925 and made herself into a superstar in France and across the world JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE was given to me last month as a Christmas gift The essence of the novel has as a centerpiece, what was Josephine Baker s last great stage performance in Paris in April 1975 The author uses it as a springboard to take the reader back to Josephine s early years in St Louis, where she was born in poverty in 1906 I very much enjoyed seeing Josephine as she grew and matured Hers was not an easy life There is much in the novel that conveys the struggles and abuse that she endured America was then an unwelcoming and at times, brutal and dispiriting place for its black citizens Baker gets into vaudeville as a dancer in her mid teens and eventually, the gateway to stardom opens and Josephine arrives in Paris with La Revue N gre The only part of the novel I found fault was its description of Josephine Baker s service in World War II as an intelligence agent and member of the French Resistance The time sequences which covered the early war years seemed at times nebulous and compressed If the reader had little or no knowledge of how the French defeat to Nazi Germany impacted the country in June 1940, he she would be led to think that the resistance movement to the Germans developed overnight That was not true at all There was, initially disillusionment and fear when the Germans entered Paris which had been declared an open city by the French government on June 14, 1940 and compelled the French to sign an armistice 8 days later It would be several months to a year before an incipient resistance movement began to take shape in France as the Germans solidified their power and authority there There was also a mention in the novel which indicated that Josephine Baker made the acquaintance of the courageous British spy Krystyna Skarbek, a Pole aka Christine Granville during the early days of the German Occupation That is simply untrue I read a book in 2015 about Krystyna Skabek s wartime service Christine SOE Agent Churchill s Favourite Spy Krystyna Shabek did not get to France until the summer of 1944 Earlier, she had been engaged in espionage work since late 1939 in German occupied Poland, the Balkans, and Egypt That is why I am taking away 1 star and giving JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE 3 stars Outside of that glaring, historical inaccuracy, it is a very good novel which brought out the real Josephine Baker in so many interesting ways flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 29, 2018 Linda Zagon rated it really liked it fullsizeoutput_3869Lindas Book Obsession Reviews Josephine Baker s Last Dance by Sherry Jones, Gallery Books, Simon Schuster December 4, 2018Sherry Jones , Author of Josephine Baker s Last Dance has written an entertaining , engrossing, and intriguing Biographical Novel about Josephine Baker s Last Dance The author vividly describes the costume and makeup that Josephine Baker wore for her final performance Surrounding this, the author takes the readers back to the past and introduces fullsizeoutput_3869Lindas Book Obsession Reviews Josephine Baker s Last Dance by Sherry Jones, Gallery Books, Simon Schuster December 4, 2018Sherry Jones , Author of Josephine Baker s Last Dance has written an entertaining , engrossing, and intriguing Biographical Novel about Josephine Baker s Last Dance The author vividly describes the costume and makeup that Josephine Baker wore for her final performance Surrounding this, the author takes the readers back to the past and introduces us to a young Josephine, who is abused, neglected and made to feel unwanted Josephine was born of color in America and grew up in poverty Instead of being at school, her mother had her work as a child domestic.Sherry Jones uses her creative imagination to fill in the spaces, and uses fiction to portray Josephine s rise to popularity as a performer Josephine was very young, energetic and hyper, and was extremely talented Josephine traveled to France where she danced provocatively, and learned to sing She was very popular around the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression Although, Josephine didn t finish school in America,, she did learn to fly an airplane, and during World War Two, she would fly supplies to help the Red Cross.I was surprised to learn that Josephine helped and worked for the French Resistance and worked hard to fight prejudice and worked for integration The author sets the stage for the life of Josephine Baker and shows us how the world was made better because of her I would recommend this Biographical novel to those readers who enjoy this genre flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Diana rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction, women I think my only complaint would be that a large portion of the first half consists of Josephine shaking wiggling her ass like to a point where one who might not know her story would begin to think that s all she was capable of I looked up some videos and yes, that is basically what she did, but I feel like it could have been better described maybeIt got to a point where I became a little bored because that s all she seemed to be doing every few pages.Other than that it was a really well I think my only complaint would be that a large portion of the first half consists of Josephine shaking wiggling her ass like to a point where one who might not know her story would begin to think that s all she was capable of I looked up some videos and yes, that is basically what she did, but I feel like it could have been better described maybeIt got to a point where I became a little bored because that s all she seemed to be doing every few pages.Other than that it was a really well told story, part biography part novel Josephine Baker was fascinating from everything she did during the war to afterwards Even before, her fight to be than what everyone expected was admirable She knew what she wanted and did not stop until she got it flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Christie rated it liked it I knew very little about Josephine Baker prior to read this except what I had seen once on Mysteries at the Museum the event mentioned on that show is in the book as well It was an interesting book, going back and forth in the beginning between present and past and gives an overall description of her origins and how she ended up the way she did flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 18, 2018 Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves proceed with caution, won in giveaways I received a copy of this book in a giveaway I knew very little about Josephine Baker going into this, but reading the book made me want to learn about her and do some research on my own As a novel, this is outstanding Much of it is apparently fictionalized, but that s understood from the beginning and I didn t feel it detracted from the feel of the book in the least I was a bit unsure about this before I read it, but I m really glad I gave it a chance flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Shyiesha rated it it was amazing Excellent A deeper look into the life of Josephine Baker Her life was truly remarkable and this book does not disappoint in retelling her story flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 23, 2018 Deb rated it really liked it I won this book on a giveaway I did not know much about Jpsepjine Baker before this book arrived, but I learned she led a fascinating, if not interesting, scary incredible life She was a pioneer, independent, incredible woman, who did things her own way, right or wrong Without her persistant spirit, this world may have been quite different One person can make a difference flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 30, 2018 Christie Owens rated it it was amazing I waited excitedly for my copy of Josephine Baker s Last Dance because I had been to her chateau in the Dordogne I had become a gushing fan of the woman most only knew as a black, naked, banana skirt dancer She was so much , so brave, so full of heart Sherry Jones has brought Josephine s life into a dramatic storyline of courage and determination The author makes it all so real Her characterization of Josephine as a charming and maddening human being propels the reader forward I will b I waited excitedly for my copy of Josephine Baker s Last Dance because I had been to her chateau in the Dordogne I had become a gushing fan of the woman most only knew as a black, naked, banana skirt dancer She was so much , so brave, so full of heart Sherry Jones has brought Josephine s life into a dramatic storyline of courage and determination The author makes it all so real Her characterization of Josephine as a charming and maddening human being propels the reader forward I will be reading of this author s books after the wild dance and social significance brought to full life in this novel flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Stan rated it really liked it Those who are familiar with the writing of Sherry Jones, know that she relishes bringing to light the exploits of kick ass women that have been largely ignored by history In doing so she shows us that women have always been an important part of the growth of Western Culture they have just never had a voice Sherry s voice is loud and convincing.The women in Jones earlier works like The Jewel of Medina and Four Sisters, All Queens her characters were born or married into positions of in Those who are familiar with the writing of Sherry Jones, know that she relishes bringing to light the exploits of kick ass women that have been largely ignored by history In doing so she shows us that women have always been an important part of the growth of Western Culture they have just never had a voice Sherry s voice is loud and convincing.The women in Jones earlier works like The Jewel of Medina and Four Sisters, All Queens her characters were born or married into positions of influence In contrast the heroine in Josephine Baker s Last Dance was born not only into poverty, but also into a culture that looked at her race as, dare I say, subhuman Josephine Baker combined her intelligence and drive to move up in the only field open to people of color, entertainment Then she went on to use those talents to advance even further, all be it not in her native country In Europe, especially France, she received rave reviews and reached the pinnacle of accomplishment She starred in European shows and eventually owned the venues where they were performed situation that would not have been imaginable in the USA of the pre WWII years Nor for many decades after.But Baker s love of freedom and commitment to equal treatment for all led her down another different and dangerous path She became a spy for the French resistance during the war Her travelling shows and easy way with people, she treated others with the open arms with which she expected them to receive her, gave her access to the conversations and thus the plans of those who would take away the freedom and equality she found so invigorating in her adopted France.Jones conjures Josephine s thoughts leading up to and during her last performance to drive the narrative She begins sections of the book with Josephine s musings as she readies herself for and during the performance In these, she links the stage of the performance with Baker s development as an entertainer and as a person Just as getting made up and dressed for a performance lays the groundwork for the show, Baker s experiences as a child laid out the values she lived by My only criticism of this technique, is that Jones didn t check in on the preparation for the Last Dance often enough It is obvious that Jones has at least partially morphed her own mind into that of Baker s And, watching this play out in the Last Dance is just as captivating as the story flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways This will be one of my favorite books of the year.It is a touching, engrossing and enlightening tale based on the life of legendary chanteuse and dancer Josephine Baker.It is told in lush prose with such expressive power you feel as if you re floating through the story absorbing all the rich detail The sense of time and place is so fine it s as if you are there.From her childhood of poverty and servitude in St Louis, Missouri to her start at the Booker T Washington Theater, her triumph of Par This will be one of my favorite books of the year.It is a touching, engrossing and enlightening tale based on the life of legendary chanteuse and dancer Josephine Baker.It is told in lush prose with such expressive power you feel as if you re floating through the story absorbing all the rich detail The sense of time and place is so fine it s as if you are there.From her childhood of poverty and servitude in St Louis, Missouri to her start at the Booker T Washington Theater, her triumph of Paris, her time working for the French Resistance in WWII, her activism for civil rights in the 1960s having faced prejudice her whole life, it s the remarkable tale of a remarkable woman who lived a singular life.We also learn about her many passions as well as her disappointments and setbacks This novel has it all.Through talent, will, determination and than a little spunk Josephine rose above it all to become one of the most beloved entertainers of all time.I can not begin to describe how truly extraordinary this book is other than to say it is a must read.So, read it This was an ARC giveaway in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 05, 2018 Debbi rated it really liked it What an amazing story Who knew that Josephine Baker, singer and dancer from the 20 s to the 60 s, was so much resistance hero, spy, designer From her terrible upbringing in poverty with an abusive mother and indifferent stepfather, to the people in her life who should have protected her but did opposite, in spite of all this, she rose to great heights as a performer and un sung hero Sherry Jone s book will open your eyes to the real story behind the legend and myth that was promulgated What an amazing story Who knew that Josephine Baker, singer and dancer from the 20 s to the 60 s, was so much resistance hero, spy, designer From her terrible upbringing in poverty with an abusive mother and indifferent stepfather, to the people in her life who should have protected her but did opposite, in spite of all this, she rose to great heights as a performer and un sung hero Sherry Jone s book will open your eyes to the real story behind the legend and myth that was promulgated Barely educated, unable to read much, constrained by the lack of civil rights and the huge barrier of racism, Josephine Baker moves to France and becomes an international star Through incredibly hard work and in spite of not a little bad judgement along the way particularly in men Josephine Baker makes and loses a fortune and becomes an American icon even though she comes to think of herself as French A truly wonderful book, you will laugh, cry, cringe right along with Ms Baker flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 18, 2018 D.B Moone rated it it was amazing Recommends it for All Genres Recommended to D.B by I received the book from Simon Schuster via NetGalley to read and review Authors Name Sherry JonesPublisher Simon Schuster Galley BooksGenre Fiction African American Women, Historical, BiographicalPage Count 384ISBN ISBN 9781501102448Publication Date December 2018, Release Date December 4, 2018Simon Schuster Author PageSimone Schuster Josephine Bakers Last Dance PageFind Sherry Jones on the following social media sites Sherry Jones WebsiteFacebook TwitterYouTubeSavePre Order Now From , Barnes Noble, Books A Million, Indi Authors Name Sherry JonesPublisher Simon Schuster Galley BooksGenre Fiction African American Women, Historical, BiographicalPage Count 384ISBN ISBN 9781501102448Publication Date December 2018, Release Date December 4, 2018Simon Schuster Author PageSimone Schuster Josephine Bakers Last Dance PageFind Sherry Jones on the following social media sites Sherry Jones WebsiteFacebook TwitterYouTubeSavePre Order Now From , Barnes Noble, Books A Million, IndieBoundOther Novels by Author Sherry Jones The Sharp Hook of Love, Four Sisters, All Queens, White Heart, The Sword of Medina, The Jewel of MedinaDisclaimer I received Josephine Baker s Last Dance from Simon Schuster via NetGalley to read and write a review.My Rating 5 StarsAuthor extraordinaire, Jones s novel Josephine Baker s Last Dance although classified as fiction is written with accomplished knowledge and precision of Josephine Baker s life I specifically took notes once I was lured into the novel and held captive for the sole purpose of going back to Josephine Baker s life and fact checking everyone is fact checking everything today insert laughter events, dates, and all things Josephine Baker Jones s Josephine Baker s Last Dance was a replica of Josephine Baker s life It was clearly obvious that Jones had completed extensive research on Baker and was unquestionably prepared to write Josephine Baker s Last Dance Having been to Paris, I also checked the streets, clubs, etc Yes, there were some events that were omitted, but purposely so the essential events in Baker s life were included in Jones s novel.To read the full review visit dbmoone SimonandSchuster NetGalley AuthorSherryJones FiveStar Novel flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 23, 2018 Samantha rated it it was amazing I love Sherry Jones and the variety to be found in her books, so I was very excited to read her newest offering, Josephine Baker s Last Dance From the very beginning I was held entranced by this incredible story and the life behind it The first few chapters demonstrated the wildness of youth and a strength unknown to many Josephine slife was truly fascinating, and it was as if I was along for the ride so vivid were the sights and sounds I was reading about It was a fabulous journey alongside I love Sherry Jones and the variety to be found in her books, so I was very excited to read her newest offering, Josephine Baker s Last Dance From the very beginning I was held entranced by this incredible story and the life behind it The first few chapters demonstrated the wildness of youth and a strength unknown to many Josephine slife was truly fascinating, and it was as if I was along for the ride so vivid were the sights and sounds I was reading about It was a fabulous journey alongside an extraordinary woman When I was less than 150 pages into the book, I just had to sit back for a minute and think about what a remarkable life Josephine was living and not yet 21 years old It rendered me speechless and made it hard to step away from the story for any length of time And yet amidst the bright lights and loud life, Jones did a terrific job of showing that life when outside the limelight and the feelings held deep within our Josephine There was a yearning there that was often overshadowed by the laughter and passion Those emotions were there for the reader to feel and made this book one that will certainly stick with me for quite some time even after the end When I read about Josephine s life in Paris in the late 30 s and early 40 s as the Nazi invasion and war loomed on the horizon, there was an eerie and ominous feel to the story Here was a woman with a fire burning inside and a brave spirit willing to help in any way that she could I was truly in awe of her of her courage and the work that she did to aid the allies When Josephine returned to America and began her work for racial equality I cheered along with every triumph She had already seen and done so much in her life, and yet here she was determined to do even Jones did an absolutely amazing job with writing this book Josephine was truly a force to be reckoned with and I was completely enamoured with her by the end of the book Josephine Baker s Last Dance comes highly recommended by me flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 03, 2018 Lee Husemann rated it it was amazing I was not familiar with Josephine Baker before I read this very revealing biographical novel about her Josephine was a Black girl born in St Louis, MO in 1906 to a poor family and was forced to go to work at age 6 to help support her family Josephine had very little interest in school and loved to perform at the local theater where she danced, sang and was somewhat of a comic with her facial expressions Josephine had to deal with racism, segregation and sexual abuse on her way from poverty t I was not familiar with Josephine Baker before I read this very revealing biographical novel about her Josephine was a Black girl born in St Louis, MO in 1906 to a poor family and was forced to go to work at age 6 to help support her family Josephine had very little interest in school and loved to perform at the local theater where she danced, sang and was somewhat of a comic with her facial expressions Josephine had to deal with racism, segregation and sexual abuse on her way from poverty to stardom in Europe, mostly in Paris, France as an actress, singer and dancer She was a Civil Rights activist and a member of the French resistance during World War II as well This is a very well researched and well written novel that I thoroughly enjoyed Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Cupcake Book Lady rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley Josephine Baker s upbringing was far greater than tragic From hands burned by a cruel mistress, to physical abuse from her alcoholic father, and being shipped off from place to place to work by her verbally abusive mother, it s amazing that she didn t follow in her family s footsteps of succumbing to any of the men who belittled or abused or desired her from far too young an age Instead, her music, dancing, and singing became her salvation A brutal, often painful and uncomfortably honest port Josephine Baker s upbringing was far greater than tragic From hands burned by a cruel mistress, to physical abuse from her alcoholic father, and being shipped off from place to place to work by her verbally abusive mother, it s amazing that she didn t follow in her family s footsteps of succumbing to any of the men who belittled or abused or desired her from far too young an age Instead, her music, dancing, and singing became her salvation A brutal, often painful and uncomfortably honest portrait of the life of a young black woman making her way in the world and rising above prejudice and suffering.I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review All opinions expressed above are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 11, 2018 David V rated it liked it Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 9 1 18 finished 9 11 18 Well written historical fiction about Josephine Baker I m assuming the activities are true but the conversations may not be There s no info from the author If that s correct, then I learned much about her life than I knew before New information to me Her conflicts with many American celebrities and journalists who refused to verify her racist victimization in New York restaurants her adoption of several foreign c Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 9 1 18 finished 9 11 18 Well written historical fiction about Josephine Baker I m assuming the activities are true but the conversations may not be There s no info from the author If that s correct, then I learned much about her life than I knew before New information to me Her conflicts with many American celebrities and journalists who refused to verify her racist victimization in New York restaurants her adoption of several foreign children her affairs with world renowned celebrities were numerous but SO MANY her speech at Dr King s march on Washington her efforts as a member of the French Resistance during World War II A misunderstood lady flag 2 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 05, 2018 Rita rated it really liked it Josephine Baker is a name we all know but what do we really know of the woman and her life If you can say Paris and banana skirt, singer and dancer, you might know than the average Joe What about French Resistance fighter, civil rights activist, and mother Sherry Jones writes an illuminating biographical novel of a complex woman with many facets Jones writing gives an intimate look at Josephine Baker s extraordinary life, as a phenomenally successful woman at a time where prejudice aga Josephine Baker is a name we all know but what do we really know of the woman and her life If you can say Paris and banana skirt, singer and dancer, you might know than the average Joe What about French Resistance fighter, civil rights activist, and mother Sherry Jones writes an illuminating biographical novel of a complex woman with many facets Jones writing gives an intimate look at Josephine Baker s extraordinary life, as a phenomenally successful woman at a time where prejudice against not just blacks, but also women was fierce This novel is historically accurate but as a novel provides the reader with a emotional connection with Ms Baker She had a fascinating rags to riches life but as an individual she was than that She was a woman who worked hard for her successes but became than just an entertainer Sherry Jones, renders a legend into a fully realized woman flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Norrine rated it it was amazing This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved this book What an incredible life The perspective viewing the world from such a rough beginning It was just awe inspiring I just can t imagine being so young and traveling and accomplishing so much The way it read, she raised herself with very little guidance or protection from anyone She took the world on I just can t stop thinking about her traveling to Paris with no guarantee that it would work out I could not put this book down flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.Sherry Jones is an American journalist and internationally best selling author of the controversial The Jewel of Medina and other historical fiction novels about women s power She is also a speaker on issues including women s rights, free speech, and Islamophobia.Her forthcoming novel, JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE, features as its protagonist the 20th century African American entertainer Josephine Baker, who was born in the slums of St Louis, made her fame on the Paris stage at 19, worked as a spy during WWII, and became an important civil rights activist in the United States A comedian, nude dancer, chanteuse, opera diva, and film star, she was the highest paid black performer in the world.Jones s 2014 novel, THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE, tells of the forbidden, erotically charged love affair between two of the Middle Ages greatest intellectuals Peter Abelard, headmaster of the Notre Dame Cloister School and a poet whose good looks and love songs make women swoon and Heloise d Argenteuil, a beautiful woman scholar being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess.Jones s other books are White Heart, an e novella about Blanche de Castille, the legendary White Queen of France, who braved sieges, scandal and heartache to protect the Crown from usurpers for her young son, King Louis IX Saint Louis The novella is a prequel to Four Sisters, All Queens, about four sisters in 13th century Provence Margeurite, El onore, Sanchia, and Beatrice of Provence, who became queens of France, England, Germany, and Italy.Jones became the center of a national controversy in the summer of 2008 after Random House cancelled publication of her historical novel, The Jewel of Medina about Aisha, a wife of the Prophet Muhammad.According to the Wall Street Journal, Random House had paid Jones a 100,000 advance for the novel when University of Texas Professor Denise Spellberg say a copy of the galleys and decided to warn Muslims of the pending publication of a novel that, in Spellberg s opinion, made fun of Muslims and their history Random House immediately cancelled publication.Beaufort Books published the book in the U.S in October 2008 Publishers in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Albania have followed It has been a best seller in Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain.A sequel, The Sword of Medina, continues the story of A isha s life after Muhammad s death and the rivalry with his cousin, Ali, which led to the first Islamic civil war and the Sunni Shia split It has been published in a number of countries, as well, and was also a best seller in Serbia The Sword of Medina was awarded a silver medal in the IPPYs, the Independent Publisher Association s book of the year awards.The controversy over her books has sent Jones on the lecture circuit, speaking in the U.S and Europe on topics including free speech and censorship, women s rights in Islam, and racism She has written on these topics for Index on Censorship, New Humanist, AOL News, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.Jones has also published a satirical short story, Rapture, on Kindle at Books by Sherry Jones More Trivia About Josephine Bakers No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 65, 78, 46, 9, 10 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.Sherry Jones is an American journalist and internationally best selling author of the controversial The Jewel of Medina and other historical fiction novels about women s power She is also a speaker on issues including women s rights, free speech, and Islamophobia.Her forthcoming novel, JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.Sherry Jones is an American journalist and internationally best selling author of the controversial The Jewel of Medina and other historical fiction novels about women s power She is also a speaker on issues including women s rights, free speech, and Islamophobia.Her forthcoming novel, JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE, features as its protagonist the 20th century African American entertainer Josephine Baker, who was born in the slums of St Louis, made her fame on the Paris stage at 19, worked as a spy during WWII, and became an important civil rights activist in the United States A comedian, nude dancer, chanteuse, opera diva, and film star, she was the highest paid black performer in the world.Jones s 2014 novel, THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE, tells of the forbidden, erotically charged love affair between two of the Middle Ages greatest intellectuals Peter Abelard, headmaster of the Notre Dame Cloister School and a poet whose good looks and love songs make women swoon and Heloise d Argenteuil, a beautiful woman scholar being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess.Jones s other books are White Heart, an e novella about Blanche de Castille, the legendary White Queen of France, who braved sieges, scandal and heartache to protect the Crown from usurpers for her young son, King Louis IX Saint Louis The novella is a prequel to Four Sisters, All Queens, about four sisters in 13th century Provence Margeurite, El onore, Sanchia, and Beatrice of Provence, who became queens of France, England, Germany, and Italy.Jones became the center of a national controversy in the summer of 2008 after Random House cancelled publication of her historical novel, The Jewel of Medina about Aisha, a wife of the Prophet Muhammad.According to the Wall Street Journal, Random House had paid Jones a 100,000 advance for the novel when University of Texas Professor Denise Spellberg say a copy of the galleys and decided to warn Muslims of the pending publication of a novel that, in Spellberg s opinion, made fun of Muslims and their history Random House immediately cancelled publication.Beaufort Books published the book in the U.S in October 2008 Publishers in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Albania have followed It has been a best seller in Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain.A sequel, The Sword of Medina, continues the story of A isha s life after Muhammad s death and the rivalry with his cousin, Ali, which led to the first Islamic civil war and the Sunni Shia split It has been published in a number of countries, as well, and was also a best seller in Serbia The Sword of Medina was awarded a silver medal in the IPPYs, the Independent Publisher Association s book of the year awards.The controversy over her books has sent Jones on the lecture circuit, speaking in the U.S and Europe on topics including free speech and censorship, women s rights in Islam, and racism She has written on these topics for Index on Censorship, New Humanist, AOL News, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.Jones has also published a satirical short story, Rapture, on Kindle at

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    1. 4 engaging stars to Josephine s Last Dance Oh, how I enjoyed this look into Josephine Baker s life What an icon she was and continues to be with her legacy Who was Josephine Baker What defines her the most Singer Dancer Actor Civil Rights activist She even joined the French Resistance during WWII Josephine s early life is marred by poverty and living in servitude Her mother sends her out of the home as a servant while still a child living in St Louis Josephine endures abuse 4 engaging stars to J [...]


    2. Josephine Baker was during some ten years before her premature death in 1975, a very dear friend of mine and also of our family.The loss of Josephine at the treshold of new adventures, after some years when she was or less forgotten and out , when as an extra burden her money problem caused her great distress, was deeply felt.In Stockholm, one of her regular tour stops , she had enormous successes during so many years starring with a large entourage on the most important show stages Josephine B [...]


    3. I must say I didn t know very much about Josephine Baker It wasn t until I read the short children s picture book biography in the Little People, Big Dreams series to my daughter that I learned she wasn t just an entertainer but a woman who fought for Civil Rights equality and joined the French Resistance to destroy Hitler during World War II.The short children s biography was so brief and yet I was fascinated When I found Josephine Baker s Last Dance on NetGalley earlier this year, I absolu I m [...]


    4. Why read a fictional biography Sometimes, there is no choice biographies may be out of date, or nonexistent When they are available, they may be too linear to capture than the facts, just the facts, ma am.There are biographies of Josephine Baker, the Black Pearl, if the reader wants to know who, what where, and when I doubt there ever will be one that captures the wild energy, the passionate spirit, and the artistry that came together in this spectacular woman the way Sherry Jones has Why read [...]


    5. This was a riveting, well researched, fact based though slightly embellished account of the life of Josephine Baker from her childhood and beyond her rise to fame, becoming the highest paid black performer in the world Since Josephine is no longer with us to be able to share her intimate thoughts, there was a good mix of story telling and facts It held me captivated from start to finish as Josephine grew from a poverty stricken neglected child to a strong willed woman who stood along side MLK Th [...]


    6. Josephine Baker s Last Dance was an entertaining and captivating read Josephine Baker withstood so many obstacles in her life and those obstacles shaped her Racism, segregation, poverty and sexual abuse The author brought Josephine to life, showing us the real woman behind the public persona I thoroughly enjoyed this one


    7. While creating this book, I fell utterly in love with Josephine Baker, as did everyone who ever knew her Langston Hughes Bessie Smith Hemingway Colette The King of Sweden The Pasha of Marrakesh The Prince of England Louis Armstrong Grace Kelly Mick Jagger The list goes on and on, and the reasons why become clear when you read JOSEPHINE BAKER S LAST DANCE When I finished it after four years research and writing I wanted to do it all again, just to remain in Ms Baker s bedazzling c While creating [...]


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