Secrets of a Sparrow

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If any one performer defines the word "superstar," it's Diana Ross - a pop-music legend and cultural icon who has been at the top of her profession for three fabulous decades. Secrets of a Sparrow, her inspirational and intimate memoir, which takes its title from a favorite spiritual her mother sang to her, focuses on just that: the pain and pleasure of getting to number one and staying there, along with the lessons learned and the lessons taught. Diana Ross's onstage electricity and allure are here transposed to...
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Overview

If any one performer defines the word "superstar," it's Diana Ross - a pop-music legend and cultural icon who has been at the top of her profession for three fabulous decades. Secrets of a Sparrow, her inspirational and intimate memoir, which takes its title from a favorite spiritual her mother sang to her, focuses on just that: the pain and pleasure of getting to number one and staying there, along with the lessons learned and the lessons taught. Diana Ross's onstage electricity and allure are here transposed to the page. With earthiness and humor, the lady looks back - and she isn't singing the blues. On the contrary, she's writing in a clear, confident voice about the life she's worked so hard to build - the early struggle followed by supreme success, the two marriages and five children, the Oscar nomination and countless music honors, the brilliant business acumen. Secrets of a Sparrow gives us the three-dimensional self-portrait of a glamorous woman who prizes her role as wife and mother every bit as much as her spectacular career, to whom love is right up there with fame. Always true to herself, Diana Ross is the ultimate entertainer, aiming to please but never compromise - and she's not about to start now. Elegantly designed and filled with memorable photographs - many never seen before - Secrets of a Sparrow is as stunning as Diana Ross herself.
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Ilene Cooper
Why are people saying such terrible things about Diana Ross? People like fellow ex-Supreme Mary Wilson, who, in her own book, cut Diana into small chunks and roasted her on a skewer. Or all those gossip columnists and former employees who say Queen Elizabeth would have trouble appearing regal next to Miss Ross (as she prefers to be called). Well, Miss Ross has written her memoirs to tell you she's a kind, gracious, loving woman, concerned for all. She loves her family, her husband, her former husband, her associates, and her former associates (even the ones, like Wilson, who've done her dirty). All these revelations are presented, by the way, in very short, heavily illustrated chapters written in an almost laughably affected tone. Sentences such as these appear two or three to the page: "Through the burden of my celebrity, I have learned certain ways to carry myself and my loads. I always try to see the bigger scheme of things and in so doing find a form of grace with which to live my life." Ross seems to want the Miss changed to Saint. To that end, she also describes her spiritual journey through the years, offering hackneyed bits of advice for those less fortunate than her: "Change is an essential part of life." Unfortunately, even with all the aphorisms and all the poetry (yes, we're also treated to Ross' versifying), there's nothing very revealing here, either in terms of personalities or events. Books like this are the reason for unauthorized biographies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517144237
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/26/1993

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2001

    Can we say.........DIVA!!

    di·va (dv) n., pl. di·vas or di·ve (-v). Music; An operatic prima donna; Diana Ross*********************************************************** A lot has been writen about Diana Ross...some good some bad, but what is constant through out it all is that Diana Ross is a legend. She has done some things that people praise and things that people despise, but remember that she's human. Everything in Diana's life that has happened has happened in the lives of many of us (just not as magnified) as well. ************ In her book, Diana gives us a link into her private life and she tells us about the good times and the bad. The funny thing about most of the people who criticize Diana is that they all seem to 'come into the conversation' looking for flaws. But they forget that the purpose of writing a memoirs is to talk about your life and what you've achieved, not so much what's held you back or knocked you down. What I suggest is that those people (and everyone wo is interested) go out and buy 'Dreamgirl And Supreme Faith: My Life as A Supreme' (autobiography) by former-Supreme, Mary Wilson as well as 'To Be Loved' (autobiography) by Bery Gordy Jr., as well as any book that gives you an indepth look at the life of Florence Ballard, then make your judgements. **************** Nevertheless, Secrets of a Sparrow is a beautiful book. It filed with moments that will make you laugh, cry, smile, and even think a little. Whether you're pro-Ross or anti-Ross, read the book. It will enlighten you and give you a biger and better idea on what it's like to be in the music bizz and what pressures come along with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2000

    So They Say...

    'Diana', 'La' Ross', 'Miss Ross', however you approach her, she is with no doubt the undisputed queen of pop music. In her self-written autobiography, Diana Ross takes us on a journey back through time, from her 'Baby Love' days as a little girl in Detroit all the way to her recent days with her (now ex-) husband, Arne Naess. This is also a very special book, because in it, Ross is able to tell her side of the story (referring to all of the misunderstandings and the bad press, mainly by former co-Supreme, Mary Wilson). Read it all from the pen of America's reigning Diva, Ms. Diana Ross.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

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    280 pages of nothing!

    I didn't expect a tell-all, after all, that's been done by unauthorized writers. But this book was so dull I could barely stay awake to read it. Miss Ross should've known that this wouldn't pass muster with her fans. <BR/><BR/>My main gripe is that it's all over the place. And there's too much about her childhood and not enough about her adult personal life. Barely anything about the kids she claims to love so much, and not enough detail to make any chapter work. I was very disappointed. If she would just be honest about her life, it would make for a best-seller!<BR/>But this book was like a program she wrote for a concert, or liner notes. It just didn't have anything interesting to say. :(

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