NYT bestselling author/ghostwriter Joni Rodgers grew up on stage, opening for big-haired country music legends of the 1970s. Her memoir "Bald in the Land of Big Hair" tells the story of how she began her writing career while undergoing cancer treatment as a young mother in Houston, Texas.
Sugarlandby Joni Rodgers
Kit is comfortably married to Mel, a gentle,
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As children, Kit and Kiki Smithers performed as the Sugar Babes of Sugarland, Texas, singing at county fairs, talent shows, and any shady gig their talent agent mother, Vivica, was able to book. Now those glory days are long gone, and the sisters cope with all the usual challenges and frustrations of young mommies.
Kit is comfortably married to Mel, a gentle, salt-of-the-earth mechanic, and has begun to explore her knack for trompe l'oeil and tole painting. Kiki longs to return to the stage, daydreaming of escape from her abusive husband Wayne. She finds the strength to leave Wayne at least once a year, but has yet to stay left. Now she's pregnant for a third time and determined to start over before the baby is born.
As Kiki's life collapses and Kit's life is suddenly shattered, the sisters recall an old story Vivica told them when they were little girls: a story about sisters and monsters, mothers, goddesses, and a series of seemingly impossible tasks whereby a girl, betrayed and broken, finds her way out of the underworld into the light.
This PMA Benjamin Franklin Award finalist by bestselling author Joni Rodgers, is a modern retelling of the Psyche and Eros myth, a verdant novel about resilience, forgiveness, and the seemingly impossible task of loving.
"Every character in this novel resonates with life. This talented author knows how to bring pen-and-ink people to flesh and blood fulfillment...poignantly authentic." Southern Living
"Alternately wrenching and humorous...Rodgers' strength is her knack for realistic characters...and a womanly wise, laugh-through-tears appreciation of life." Publisher's Weekly
"Richly appealing..." Library Journal
"Bittersweet...priceless..." Chicago Tribune
"Pure charm...compelling...full of humor and compassion. Sugar Land is a delight to read, and Rodgers is a terrific discovery." Tampa Tribune-Times
From Library Journal:
"As little girls, Kit and Kiki Smithers of Sugar Land, TX, could belt out songs that made audiences love them. As adults, they are finding love harder to handle, as Kiki deals with her philandering, physically abusive husband, Wayne, and Kit feels the love seep out of her marriage to Mel, a good man who is just letting himself - and their relationship - go. When both sisters become pregnant for the third time, suffering ensues: cataclysmic loss for Kiki and overwhelming guilt for Kit, unsure of her unborn child's paternity after a virtual assault by Wayne and a spontaneous tumble with her boss. Their show-biz-agent mother, Viveca, nurtures and nudges the sisters as she herself battles cancer. In snappy prose, Rodgers (Crazy for Trying) creates fully dimensional characters in a story with elements of love, loss, humor, passion, joy, feminism, and even mothers-in-law. As richly appealing as the best country music."
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I know it's PC that if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything. However, B&N keeps asking for a review, so here it is. I did not like this book. I could find no redeeming value. The characters were weak & ignorant. I like Joni Rodgers, but this was a waste of my time. I did not see the movie and now have no desire to.
"This is the story of the Smithers sisters -- Kit and Kiki. As children, they performed throughout Texas as the Sugar Babes, but those glory days of county fair stages, adoring fans, and glod lame gowns are long gone. Now Kit and Kiki are grown up. All that remains are the blues these sisters sing as they learn to cope with the vicissitudes of real life: withering marriages, cheating spouses, balloon mortgages, lost opportunities, the demands of motherhood. Heartbreaking and hilarious, SUGARLAND is the story of how two modern goddesses earn their wings by coming to terms with life and death and everything in between. Every character in this novel resonates with life. This talanted author knows how to bring paper-and-ink people to flesh-and-blood fulfillment." -- Southern Living Magazine
I found this book to be realistic and moving. It was a page turner from start to finish. The writing was so beautiful and artistic. Highly recommended.