JOSEPHINE: THE HUNGRY HEART is a fine biography of Josephine Baker (1906-1975), a famous personality of the Jazz Age and beyond, whose life and times as a famous Folies-Bergere dancer in France make for fascinating reading. This is her story, the courage of a young black American woman who became an international celebrity.
The book contains many photographs, including a nude photo of Josephine Baker taken at the top of her career, a photo that is artistically pleasing which reveals the loveliness of the woman who established stage history in her role as dancer and performer. Josephine Baker was one of a kind, a special entertainer that comes along rarely, but when arrives, becomes a legend.
Another important aspect of Josephine Baker was her ability to become a fearless opponent of oppression and racism. This book covers in detail her devotion and love for children, and how she saved many children during World War 2. Her many loves and her bisexuality are also examined.
Each chapter is short and entertaining. Each chapter contains much information. There are 40 chapters to the book, plus additional information including index and introduction.
When you have read this book, you come away knowing what a humane person Josephine Baker was, and how she devoted her life to both her art and her beliefs. Her growing up in St. Louis, Missouri is an eye-opener, and her first marriage at age 13 reveals her determination to follow her own path. Each chapter builds upon the details of this womans life and experiences. She is seen as a woman with a thirst for living life to the fullest and helping those she could along the way in whatever ways she could.
JOSEPHINE: THE HUNGRY HEART is a book that will have a large appeal to all readers and it captures the essence of an entertainer in the jazz world who blazed across the sky and left an imprint on the way America viewed the African Americans.
A memorable reading experience this book is highly recommended. Excellent biography.'Jazz fans who love a good biography will find this story of Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) topnotch reading! Accurate and frank, this biography leaves nothing untold about this famous figure in jazz and dance!