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Ted Panken...a clear-spun narrative... what makes the book more than just an entertaining celebrity bio is Cohodas' authoritative portrayal of the milieu in which Washington functioned...
“Dinah Washington died at thirty-nine, but packed so much life and incident into every moment it’s a wonder that Nadine Cohodas could sort it out; the marital adventures alone might have daunted a less avid biographer. Nor does she slight her music. Dinah could make every kind of song vital and personal, no matter the context–jazz, blues, swing, pop, r&b, or r&r. Cohodas captures the Queen in all her obstinate spitfire glory.”
--Gary Giddins, author of Weather Bird and Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams
Posted March 30, 2009
This book was as dry and boring as a work of ancient history. 7 (maybe 8) husbands and a legand in her field, you would think this book would have some life to it. The writing is as dead as the Queen herself. It is a shame this is the only biography available. Borrow...DO NOT BUY!!
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Posted February 6, 2011
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