Friday, September 19, 2008

Keep the Faith by Faith Evans Giveaway!

About the Book: It's been over ten years since Big was killed. I grieved for him for a very long time. And then, as time passed, the icy wall of grief surrounding my heart began to thaw and I began to heal. I remarried, had more children, and continued to record and release more music. I continued to live my life. And while I can never discount the time I spent with Big, I've never felt the need to live in the past.

But sometimes, I still find myself thinking about Big being rushed the hospital, and I break down in tears.

It's not just because we hung up on each other during what would be our last telephone conversation. And it's not because I am raising our son, a young man who has never known his father.

It's partly all of those things. But mainly it's because he wasn't ready to go. His debut album was called Ready to Die. But in the end, he wasn't. Big never got a chance to tell his story. It's been left to others to tell it for him. In making the decision to tell my own story, it means that I've become one of those who can give insight to who Big really was. But I can only speak on what he meant to me.

Yet I also want people to understand that although he was a large part of my life, my story doesn't actually begin or end with Big's death. My journey has been complicated on many levels. And since I am always linked to Big, there are a lot of misconceptions about who I really am.

I hope that in reading my words, there is inspiration to be found. Perhaps you can duplicate my success or achieve where I have failed. Maybe you can skip over the mistakes I've made. Use my life as an example-of what to do and in some cases, what not to do.

It's not easy putting your life out there for the masses. But I've decided I'll tell my own story. For Big. For my children. And for myself.

Giveaway:
Hachette is giving away 5 copies of this book! Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite memoir. US and Canadian addresses only, please!

18 comments:

windycindy said...

Hello! I have always liked "Men's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl. Thanks, Cindi
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Kristina said...

I loved A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Thanks!
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wordlily said...

I don't read many memoirs ... I guess I'll say Iron & Silk by Mark Salzman.

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Ruby (Mouth) said...

"On Writing" by Stephen King

I loved hearing how he comes up with his books. Love this giveaway.


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RebekahC (littleminx@cox.net) said...

Have You Found Her: A Memoir by Janice Erlbaum


This book was really good. Janice talks about her experience working in a shelter, and more specifically about her attachment to a particular girl who comes in and steals her heart.

Rebekah C
littleminx at cox dot net

Thanks for the entry in this draw.

darbyscloset said...

The memoir of Joyce Meyer. How she was led to God. Most of her books include some aspect of her journey.
Darby
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Sandra said...

I love William Styron's "Darkness Visible". I read it again every now and then and am always encouraged by it. Please enter me. Thank you.

Lenore said...

My favorite memoir this year was Cupcake Brown's Piece of Cake.

Tara said...

Well, I loved Marilyn Monroe's memoir. And Mother Teresa's. (what a combo eh?)

Tracee said...

I haven't read a lot of them, but this one sure sounds excellent. Even though I don't follow the rap community, I would love to hear about her thoughts and feelings about her loss, raising her son, and her new life. Thanks!

Shelly Burns said...

I don't usually read memoirs, so I don't have a favorite. I am intrigued by her thoughts and feelings. I would love to read this and hopefully some of the other memoirs that were mentioned in the comments.

shelly.burns@cfisd.net

blueviolet said...

I remember when Big E. died. My hubby was so sad since he was his favorite rapper. I'd love to let him read this!

Anyhow, my favorite memoir thus far has been either Running with Scissors or A Million Little Pieces.

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Elizabeth

ChristiS said...

Though it breaks my heart, Mommie Dearest is one of my favorite memoirs!

A Real Librarian said...

This book looks great!!!

I recently read Stephanie Klein's Moose: a memoir of fat camp, which was fabulous. I also enjoyed Goldie Hawn's A Lotus Grows in the Mud.

Bobbi said...

My favorite memoir is Clear Springs by Bobbie Ann Mason.
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ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

I would love to be entered for this giveaway please. Thank you.

My favorite memoir is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It's a heartbreaking story about a girl who survived complete poverty and became a successful woman despite all of the obstacles in her life.

Hugssss
LindaH

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Natasha said...

I honestly have not read a lot of memoirs, but this peaks my interset as I was younger and very into that music genre when he was killed. I would be very interested to hear Faith's account of who he was, and also the struggle she faced with moving on and coping - as the human condition always intrigues me. Hopefully I am still eligible for an entry!

Natasha said...

And I suppose an e-mail would be helpful! sorry
natasha_sacopaso[at]hotmail[dot]com

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