(Read 5/2009). 3 of 6 in her autobiographical series. "Singin' and "Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas" takes place during her 20s in the 1950s-60s. This one is much less harsh in content than #2. In this novel she is developing her career, or rather trying to find her career and calling in life. She was a dancer, nightclub singer, and part of the traveling company of Porgy and Bess. This one is a much more fluid and interesting read, and has more of her reflections on life that I love and adore. She has a way of delivering one sentence that profoundly sums up her experience and makes it relatable to anybody's life experiences. I relate to them and I am neither African American, nor have I ever been a dancer, lounge singer, or touring member of an opera. I highly recommend giving this series a try if you are looking for an interesting read.
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