art by Floyd
Boyds Mills Press...
legend of Billie Holiday, there was a girl named Eleanora. In 1915,
Sadie Fagan gave birth to a daughter she named Eleanora. The world,
however, would know her as Billie Holiday, possibly the greatest jazz
singer of all time.
journey into legend took her through pain, poverty, and run-ins with
the law. By the time she was fifteen, she knew she possessed something
that could possibly change her life - a voice. Eleanora could sing. Her
remarkable voice led her to a place in the spotlight with some of the
era’s hottest big bands. Billie Holiday sang as if she had lived each
lyric, and in many ways she had.
Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, award-winning poet Carole
Boston Weatherford chronicles Eleanora Fagan’s metamorphosis into
Billie Holiday. The author examines the singer’s young life, her fight
for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion. With stunning art
by Floyd Cooper this book provides a revealing look at a cultural icon.
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