Pieces of Life: Memoir and Selected Works

Pieces of Life: Memoir and Selected Works

by II Kola Anthony Scott

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Pieces of Life is a small book that carries a mighty punch. Kola Anthony Scott, II. delivers a strong and daring book of literary works and shared life stories. The book is divided into two sections. Section one presents Scott's creative body of works. In his works, Scott presents characters and situations that push and challenge the soul. Section two consist of Scott's, moving and sometimes tragic personal back story. Scott's goal, be honest with the reader and speak his own truth.

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ISBN-13: 9781483461069
Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Pages: 98
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.20(d)

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Pieces of Life: Memoir and Selected Works 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
CJ2277 More than 1 year ago
"Pieces of Life” by Kola Anthony Scott, Jr was a different type of book for me as I’m not a huge memoirs reader, although I do enjoy the genre. But I thought the intro seemed interesting and different, So I thought I’d give this a try and see how I liked it. That said, here are my thoughts: I liked that it was very well written and had tons of intense scenes and unexpected twists, especially for a short book (or short stories). Everything felt “unique” from the characters, the world, the relationships, the social mechanisms, the experiences, the scenes and detailing of everything… It wasn’t predictable at all… and it kept my attention the whole way through. Had some really dark moments, but some pretty amazing ones as well. I don’t think I was able to stop reading the last 30% or so! Some complaints were there were many characters, and I don’t always feel like they were all that developed. At one point it just seemed like “people” (with no names) doing the talking/action but I had no real concept of who was supposed to be speaking. There were times that I grew weary of reading about inconsequential details that added little to the progression, especially when frequently repeated. But I did appreciate the intelligent, multi-layered plot – it forces you to pay attention and think – actively engage with the story. So not some easy beach read, but to my surprise I found myself really sucked into the story, so much so that I shed a few tears and may have cursed a few characters along the way. Was happy with the ending and even a little bittersweet. I felt so invested in this world and with Scott’s riveting life, so different from my own. Overall an enjoyable read that I’d recommend to others, and I’m really glad I gave it a shot. Will read more from this author anytime.
cvasquez More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I think it is fairly safe to say that no one will ever accuse Kola Anthony Scott Jr, of not having passion and talent for writing stories that really touch the deepest parts of all ranges of human nature, from the really good to the really bad! This was one of the most provocative and moving books I’ve read in recent memory, and half the time I felt like I was on some sort of wild literary acid trip (in a good way!), how we never knew what was in store from one scene to the next. The way the action came together and all the characters it kept me captivated, even though there were times where I worried the story had gone off track. It always managed to get reeled back in, and by the last quarter or so of the book my fingers were turning the pages like crazy! I had to see what would happen next. Such powerful and moving scenes, and has a sense of surrealism that is appealing. I’d recommend this book for fans of biography and dramatic memoir, but it would also appeal to readers who like anything different that makes them think outside their normal comfort zone for a bit and with beautiful writing and an interesting experience with strong, memorable messages.
JeanOJO More than 1 year ago
although I did really enjoy “Pieces of Life” for its multifaceted, complex and riveting storylines and the great creativity, depth and originality of characters, I thought the story jumps around a lot from event to event, place to place, and I sometimes found myself a bit disoriented as to what exactly was happening and why… The plot was very original and interesting, I thought just some parts were perhaps a bit too complex and convoluted for my personal tastes. I tend to get frustrated when reading if there are too many characters involved, but I don’t feel like I really understand them all that well… that happened with me here a few times. But the ones I had figured out I thought were explained really well, and delivered a powerful message. Beautiful writing and prose that was nearly lyrical. Loved the poems. The conclusion was satisfying and not forced, and I can say with all honesty that despite a few flaws I had a good time reading this book, and think the author is mad creative and a great writer!
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
for me, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break a book and my enjoyment of it. I need to hear originality and know that the author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but is telling HIS story in a whole new way, whatever that story may be. I feel like I can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I’ve read my fair share of books from authors who are ‘trying’ to emulate better, more accomplished authors in their genre. What impressed me the most here was that I thought that Mr Kola Scott writing style has the confidence and delightful quirkiness of a seasoned pro… I was surprised to see this is his first book. Like that he’s not afraid to take chances and tells his story in a way that only HE can. The interweaving plotlines had that elusive ‘flavor’ that only comes when they are fully realized and fleshed out, something that is not easily done, especially in book this short but with a magnitude of complex issues. A great read, powerful and evocative. Recommend for adults.
MaxG456 More than 1 year ago
I don’t really know how to best describe or sum up “Pieces of Life” by Kola Scott because I have a lot of conflicting impressions about it. Some parts I thought were simply amazing and perfectly executed, beautifully written and profoundly emotional and insightful—surprisingly so. But sometimes I felt that the story seemed to lose focus and wandered all over the place—like the focus of the book was always changing. There was a dark, human nature element that was powerful, and spoke to me on a deeper level than just a run-of-the-mill family drama/bio/memoir. There were great characters who added to the plot and tension, but also some who just seemed to take up space and I didn’t feel enough of a connection. In the beginning it took me a long time to feel grounded in the story and get a feel for what was going on, but I do commend Scott for the way he gradually did the world building, as opposed to dumping it all on us at once. The storyline always felt very original and had its own identity in a field of boring copycats. When I was done, I will say that I enjoyed the experience and I would love read more books by him.
TabithaP1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I think that “Pieces of Life” is one of those rare books that will appeal to a wide range of readers, no matter what your ‘favorite’ genre is. It just tells a darn good story and comes at you from so many different angles you don’t even know what hits you…. Kola Anthony Scott, Jr demonstrates considerable talent for penning a fabulous tale that almost anyone who reads it will connect to on some level. It has a good message, amazing characters and such great energy! I chuckled at several points, and almost cried at others. I think Scott is highly creative and has beautiful, passionate narration skills and can deliver the emotional payoff when it really matters. And it’s not like a typical literary novel that is all purple prose and slow paced… this is chock full of drama and with clean, quick narrative and dialogues. Some mild language nothing too obscene. Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!
JGoldmanJG More than 1 year ago
In “Pieces of Life” Author Kola Anthony Scott, Jr creates an incredibly fascinating world that once we visit, we don’t want to leave anytime soon! Some of the best, most realistic and genuine characters, I’ve encountered in a long time, anywhere, and I thought the descriptions and characters were wonderful, and could picture everything happening perfectly. I think the story as a whole could have benefitted from some tightening, and at times it seemed to lose some focus. But the interweaving storylines were so dramatic and paced well for the most part. I like how we are not just bystanders in Scott’s story, but engaged throughout. Although at the end there is a sense of things being more ‘told’ to us and summed up, almost like the author just wanted to quickly finish the book, I was satisfied with the ending and the way everything ended up – like full circle in a way. Liked the fast pace and the snappy dialogue that really shows us the story unfolding. Very well written and a worthy addition to the bio/memoirs genre and a recommend read for adults.
JTHACK More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I thought “Pieces of Life” by Kola Anthony Scott, Jr was simply marvelous and had many of my favorite themes and elements of my favorite types of books, plus some complex, highly intelligent and creative angles I haven’t read before! Great combination of everything from poems, to life stories, to characters re-enacting life events, to cultural topics….. Has an unusual set up, in that the story is told through scenes in the beginning, and then the second half reads more like a traditional memoir (with some poems and shorter stories thrown in the mix) But there was a nice balance with narrative and dialogue and action, and I was happy with how the characters were the ones to pull the story forward… Occasionally I didn’t like the feeling of how the story was being “told” to me (instead of ‘showing’ it), but for the most I was a part of this world the whole time and experiencing it in real time through the various characters’ eyes, for better or worse. I felt a real connection to this amazing, tragic, treacherous world the author created and to the unforgettable characters, and aside from the occasional slow pace and eye-popping moments, I thought it was a wonderful read that I will certainly remember for some time.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I found PIECES OF LIFE to be absolutely riveting! I started reading it one night after supper with every intention of reading just a few chapters for that evening and could not put it down. Not only is it an emotionally inspiring story with well-drawn characters who seem to talk directly to your heart and head, but it is also informative on various aspects of life that we might not think about in the day-to-day….It is very impressive how Kola Scott can so astutely put himself in these characters’ shoes in such a convincing manner and cover so many emotional and pivotal topics in this manner… Read this book. It will open your eyes to things that you might not really think about, or even just take for granted in life Yet it is things that affect all of us and our lives, whether or not we realize it. Great, fast dialogue, profound discussions and great drama and plot twists. Awesome!
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
although not my normal cup of tea, “Pieces of Life” from Kola delivers on the things I like in a book – great writing, vivid, atmospheric situations that transports me to another time and place, characters I can connect to on some level, and plots that are complex enough to challenge me and make me think, but not so convoluted so that I need to be taking notes as I go along. While short, this is a powerhouse of a book, one that is driven by character and drama, not just action. Fascinating characters are used to tell the tale –even if some are hard to understand. This book is hard to describe…. you just have to experience it for yourself.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
"Pieces of Life” by Kola Anthony Scott, Jr was an enchanting and powerful read that is at times depressing and bleak--even heartbreaking-- but strangely uplifting and inspiring other times. It will appeal to lovers of literary drama and non- fiction alike. It is highly inventive and imaginative, with clear, crisp writing and an engaging tone. All the characters stand out in their own ways—some are fully-realized, while some are simply stock characters. While there are some issues in terms of execution---many instances of slow “telling” of minutiae that did nothing to progress the storyline and dragged the pacing to a near halt and hurt the tension--- Scott tells his own story in a fresh way that makes the whole journey unpredictable and interesting… and downright shocking at times. Warning, it is not a ‘light’ or ‘fluffy’ easy read by any means, and there is a lot of substance and philosophical mechanism at play here. So be prepared to spend some time and plan to open your mind, nor is it for the prudish, easily offended or younger readers. But in my mind it was highly worth it!
Coreeez More than 1 year ago
Usually I tend to lean towards more action, suspense and adventure novels. So while literary, drama, or character-driven memoirs/short stories isn’t really my thing, I decided to give “Pieces of Life” a shot as I was in the mood for something a little different. Well, I can definitely say that a lot of people would love this book! First off the “characters” are awesome, and I liked the relationship with them and how they connect with each other, for better or worse. Really run the full spectrum of humanity on this one. Great conversations that felt authentic and moved the story along. There is conflict and thought-provoking scenes that challenge you outside your comfort zone. There are a lot of characters, some more fleshed out than others, but all are realistic enough and don’t seem like cardboard cutouts (even though sometimes aren’t much more than just ‘names’) I especially like the spiritual… almost philosophical angle that Scott employs that gives his story an edge over others I’ve read lately. Also had an almost existential quality that I wasn’t expecting. I enjoyed this much more than expected and would recommend to others as well.
LeoG2 More than 1 year ago
"Pieces of Life” really struck me as unique due to the depth of the characters and the fact that even for a bio/memories book the rules seemed to go out the window a few times and really threw me for a loop (no spoilers). The writing is very strong and the plot is compelling and intelligent enough to really keep our interest – which is honestly saying a lot considering I got bored reading most books these days. This one just flows so much smoother and faster and keeps picking up steam as it goes along. I think the second half (the backstory part) had much better tension and action than the first as I did think it was pretty confusing in the beginning and there was a lot of ‘telling of the plot’ that was kind of over my head. While I could picture some scenes clearly and what was happening, I had trouble with some others and felt a lack of grounding. There are lots of speakers, some more identifiable than others, and the chapters/scenes were short and fast paced which I appreciated. Could use some fixing of proofreading and formatting but still very readable, entertaining and eye-opening, Recommend for mature fans of the literary memoirs genre, as well as philosophy and drama.
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
I just finished “Pieces of Life” by Kola Anthony Scott, Jr. Great book, but very different from what I’m used to. I was impressed not only with the author’s narrative skills, but combined with a vivid imagination, a profound wisdom of good, evil, and human nature, emotion and intellect… and you have a truly unforgettable book that surpassed even my loftiest expectations. While I found it at times to be uneven in terms of pacing and overall tightness of prose, I never felt myself wandering away from the story, but was invested all the way through, which is pretty amazing considering unorthodox construct The story development was fantastic and detailed, and I appreciate the well-roundedness of the players –I think this book should probably be geared for mature readers only. A compelling read, one I wholeheartedly recommend for fans of literary memoirs that is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.
RepoManJM More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars "Pieces of Life” by Kola Anthony Scott Jr., was an interesting mix of life, poetry, essays, scenes, short stories, and character-study… and dare I say, almost spiritual philosophy? I can’t quite say that I’ve ever really read anything like it before, and it took me awhile to become fully invested in the book, as the beginning seemed to take some time to really show its ‘hook’…At first I thought it would be just about different characters telling their stories, but then it evolves into something else completely. So I kept reading and really appreciated the level of detailing and thought to the different elements and themes, even if at times I wondered where the true focus lay and it felt a little ‘jumping around’. There are many complex subplots woven throughout and while this is a pretty short book, it was very enjoyable and mostly well written save some proofing issues that should be fixed. (nothing horrible, though). Can see lit nonfiction fans really liking it, as there is a lot of emotional engagement and riveting storylines with charismatic characters who can teach you about other aspects of life you many not necessarily know about or have experienced firsthand, the way that Mr. Scott has.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
there were so many things I liked about this book, I hardly know where to begin. First, I liked the fast pace of the stories/scenes because I cannot stand memoirs/ literature nonfiction that moves slow! Second, I really like the way Kola Scott Jr writes his characters, and especially dialogue and action scenes. I really feel like I am inside the story, as a part of it, instead of being on the outside looking in and having a story “told” to me, even though the plot at times is basically narrated to us, including some more important parts that I thought could have had more ‘fleshing out’. But Mr. Scott’s vivid descriptions and lyrical prose creates a beautiful portrait of a creative, and at times dark and dysfunctional world that one can get lost in. This book seriously has everything good—action, drama, romance, right and wrong, intelligent plots, profound and thought-provoking characters, … I thought the whole story was pretty creative, and wasn’t just a re-telling of the same overused plot devices we always see. Although I had to a few times, I truly didn’t want to stop reading until I’d finished. And I was disappointed when it was all over! Wished it were longer. Recommend.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
"Pieces of Life” is an incredible (and unusual) book that introduces us to the creative, yet relatable and believable world of author Kola Anthony Scott, Jr and what a crazy, dramatic, interesting world it is! It is imaginative and pulls no punches in drawing from almost every available literary element available. This is a rare book that I thought had almost everything… it’s hard not to find something you like. There are dark twists revealed throughout, and nothing is predictable or what you think will happen! One thing I’ll say is that I was impressed with how well the author Kola Scott told his story using a variety of different techniques and perspectives – really allows us to get in the different characters’ ‘heads’ in a way and see the whole picture. Some parts we feel like a bystander (like when it is more narrative), other times like a willing participant. Execution and presentation wise it needs steadier pacing, as some parts feel a bit belabored, and others rushed over. But these are mild issues and the overall message is great! Has some adult language and themes but nothing gratuitous – it is all part of the reality of the life.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
Nicely-crafted and passionately written, “Pieces of Life” is the first book I’ve read by Kola Anthony Scott, Jr, but he is certainly an author I will be keeping an eye on in the future. This stories he creates here is impressively conceived, and I was pleased with the level of characterization throughout. The ‘stories’ while short, are complex and intelligent, yet quirky enough to keep you hooked. There are several big reveals that continue to shift the dynamic of the storyline in unexpected ways, something that even a jaded reader like myself can fully appreciate and still be shocked by. This is great because nothing I hate more than predictable clichés. I enjoyed the story, but think there could be some improvements to the pacing and the editing. But it did provide interesting entertainment value and I liked much the whole interplay and resolution of these fascinating characters were all really good. I will be looking forward to more great stories from Kola Scott and will be recommending to my friends to enjoy a thought-provoking literary treat.
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
I praise “Pieces of Life” not just for the solid writing and creative and original plot and storyline, but also for the deeply emotional and multi-layered complexity of themes and universal concepts that made it such a rich and rewarding reading experience. Rarely do I get so sucked into books like this where it feels like every page is something that affects me on some level, whether just enjoying the lovely prose, or being mad at characters, or worrying about them, or laughing at something they said… . It was such a brutal, almost heart-wrenching experience from the beginning all the way through to the end. Feels like so much more than just a standard autobiography or memoirs, but an insightful examination of the human condition, good bad and ugly. And I like that it is never ‘easy’ or ‘predictable’. Ready for more from Kola Scott and can’t recommend highly enough to fans of the genre who are looking for something that is different and thinks outside the box. (adults only)
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
"Pieces of Life” by Kola Anthony Scott, Jr is an absolute must-read for fans of literary drama and reality memoirs. This unusual book holds its own with the top-notch writing and plot structure (needs editing, though), and an exciting, varied cast of ‘colorful’ characters and plenty of intrigue and drama to go around. There were some times where I felt it could have benefited from some trimming down, there were frequent places where there was needless information, word repetition, or chit chat. However, I feel Scott did a great job of bringing in a unique voice and making the story wholly his own, and giving it a fresh feel…. In fact, I can’t think of anything I’ve read like it before. This isn’t what you would consider a “action-packed’ thrill ride, even though lots of exciting events unfold over the course of the years. It is more character-focused and the decisions, consequences and ramifications they face. Because we see the story take place through several different perspectives, we do have a certain sense of detachment, but it is certainly an engrossing story with authentic (if not always likable) and relatable characters, and introspective poems and stories to take you along for this interesting, memorable ride. Recommend for ages 18+
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed “Pieces of Life” by author Kola Anthony Scott, Jr., even though this isn’t usually one of my more preferred genres (don’t dislike it, just don’t generally gravitate). But I liked the sample and the style of Mr. Scott’s writing…. This felt more like a unique character drama with ‘life issues” to me than anything, so I gave it a shot. I really liked the literary world he created here and thought that he did such a wonderful job with the descriptions of the storytelling of the events and the different characters. There are several of them and the focus moves around quite a bit so it’s hard to keep track sometimes… some we don’t really know that well and we don’t get much of a sense of their identity, other than the main characters. But there was great action, and was so shocked at some things that happened. Emotionally engaging and with lots of action, some admittedly over my head- can get confusing at times with all the different perspectives. But I liked how easy it is to read and this is such an unusual book I can’t even compare it to anything else. Does need better editing, though. Feels pretty suitable for (very) mature teens on up. I had a great time reading this!
GillianH More than 1 year ago
I honestly had no idea what to expect when reading this as I went into it pretty blind (only knew it was partly memoirs, which I enjoy). I was in no way prepared for how totally addicting this book would be, and the sheer magnitude of the world, the characters, the various interweaving multi plots, the drama, the turmoil and heartache… I was really impressed, especially considering this is a pretty short book! The way Kola Anthony Scott writes is captivating from the beginning and you just want to keep reading and reading and not stop. It is both descriptive and has authentic character ‘voices’ (important for a believable story) but also is so fast moving so that you aren’t bored. I was reading as fast as I could, and even though it has a good ending, I was disappointed when it was over. I wanted more!! Recommend for fans of literary drama and biographies.
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of bio/memoir/true-life books, so this is a genre I’m familiar with. I’d never read anything from Kola Anthony Scott, Jr before, but the premise seemed intriguing and I’m always on the lookout for fresh new talent, so I was curious to see how he would deliver in this one “Pieces of Life”. Mr. Scott is unarguably a very creative writer, but more than that he genuinely impressed me with his thorough world-building and interesting characters and inventiveness on many levels. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books and although I appreciate literary influences, when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace from the norm! Some of the writing was downright lyrical in the simple elegance of the prose, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and rapid-fire events. Other times I was chuckling aloud at the witty banter, or cursing a character under my breath. For such a short book (under 100 pages) it packs such a huge emotional punch, and I went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. I enjoyed the ending even though it isn’t super ‘happy’ all around, it fits well and I like to see how it all ended up. I would recommend this book to others as it has very good writing and powerful. Memorable characters (and author) with an interesting story to tell.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars this book was great… lots of fun to read and very creative. Describing it is a hard task! All sorts of interesting characters, and a terrific mix of life drama, profound and introspective philosophical conversations… you name it. Although I did think the beginning took a while to really get going in a clear direction… we think it might be about one thing but then it seems to go off in a totally different direction. But once things got moving along I really got hooked. I liked that it was so descriptive that we can really put ourselves inside the various characters’ perspectives. Fabulous narrative prose and the dialogue and conversations with the characters were very authentic. Great chemistry and tension throughout, and while there are some upsetting/weird scenes that I didn’t expect (like his attempted rape and HIV diagnosis), I liked the fact that this was really unpredictable and kept me wondering what would happen next. Occasionally it reads like a rough draft with some punctuation issues and verb tense inconsistencies. But still a good story. Recommend for fans who want a complex, yet engaging book that is part true, part creative.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
"Pieces of Life” by Kola Scott is definitely one of the more “different” books I’ve read in a very long time. It was such an interesting mix of almost everything, from romance to drama to philosophy to relationships, to self- growth and discovery and achievements, to scandal and heartbreak.… it is really hard to just sum up or categorize it easily. That said, I did enjoy it very much once I was all the way done, but there were several parts where I felt the pace jumped around a bit and seemed to lose some focus. I liked the characters, and the way that the storylines developed, and there are some good twists throughout to keep you hooked. Needs some proofreading (some punctuation issues I saw), but on the whole was an enjoyable, and very different, type of read that I’m looking forward to reading more by Kola Scott. (