Lady Sings the Blues

( 4 )
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (41) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $69.36   
  • Used (39) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...

More About This Book

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140067620
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1984
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Jazz vs. Heartache

    Jazz vs. Heartache I read the book Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday and William Dufty. The book itself was amazing. The way she writes about her life, her sorrows and her pains, and also about her joys and her happiness is the way Billie wants people to feel. She wants people to feel the way she felt, when she brutally describes in her book about the time she got raped when she was nine years old by this man named Mr. Dick. I mean the details and the type of language she uses was fantastic. I loved every minute of reading and every time I turned the page I couldn¿t wait to read more. ¿Mom and pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen and she was sixteen and I was three.¿(Billie p.5) This quote got my full and undivided attention as it starts the book. Back in those days if a young man got a sixteen- year- old girl pregnant then they should get married, and most times they did. But in these days if an eighteen-year-old boy gets a sixteen-year-old girl pregnant they call it statutory rape, and that¿s bad. Billie¿s relationship with her mother was not on a consistent basis. For a while she had to live with her grandma and her cousin Ida, who she very much hated and who beat her all the time for no apparent reason. When her mother came back from cleaning white people¿s houses up north she came and got Billie and bought a house for them for nine hundred dollars (from the money she saved up), but soon she had to go back and live with her grandma and cousin Ida. You would think she would want to go live with her father, but her father got stuck in the draft and they never heard from him again, until he sent divorce papers to her grandma¿s house for her mother. He wanted to get a divorce so he could marry a Vietnamese girl he met in a club, where he and his band were playing at one night. Her father was a very talented guy; some say that¿s where Billie gets all her talent. But the fact that he left his family and didn¿t care about Billie or her mother didn¿t make him the ideal father to live with. Billie Holiday soon put all her frustrations into her music and she became a world renounced jazz singer, where she recorded solitude and God Bless The Child. Even when her cousin Ida told her that, what she was doing was of the devil and God wouldn¿t accept her into the place they called paradise. Do you think that stopped Billie? No, she soon recorded the chart toping songs: t¿ain¿t nobody¿s bizness if I do and Good Morning Heartache. She was able to give thanks to her mother for being a mother and a father to her as she grew up. Because Billie was black she went through lots of pains and struggles to get her music recorded. Once she finally got it done she recorded music that is still on people¿s minds and hearts today.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)