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Publisher's Summary

Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker - actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world - in Josephine Baker's Last Dance.

In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones spans Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America to her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt to her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the 20th century comes to stunning life on the page.

With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

©2018 Sherry Jones (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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I’ve learnt about Josephine Baker in an academic context but this story made her come alive. I feel very connected and proud to know her story

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  • Odessa Compton-Aziz
  • 2019-05-22

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It took me a minute to get sucked in, I had to get over the breathy narrator. Once you get past her breathiness the storyline is awesome!

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  • Thomas G Rose
  • 2019-02-18

Wonderful !!!!!!

I am a very big fan of Joesphine Baker and I read anything that I can about her interesting life. I truly enjoyed this book and so will you.

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  • Robin
  • 2020-09-02

Josephine Bakers Last Dance

Josephine’s life was poor in the beginning but she fought prejudice and hate and was able to bring a smile to her audiences. I was impressed she took the prejudice and fought for equality in life and on the stage. I loved this book I wish it could bring other people to realize we are all the same inside and outside.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-13

One of the best biographies ever!

I was astounded by the detail in this biography. The descriptions of people, places and events was as if I were there in the midst of all the goings on. Josephine Baker truly was a hero and a woman among women. She stood for talent, strength , Independence and the will and passion to fight for freedom and equality! Her climb up the ladder from utter poverty and degradation to one of the most famous and respected women in the world was a lesson to us all.
The reader had an honest and authentic delivery. It was a pleasure to listen to her professionalism. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Keira Benson
  • 2020-12-15

Loved the story but this is the best Narration I’ve heard

I absolutely adored the narrator of this story, made it an easy listen. She used different voices, accents, and so much inflection and dynamics. This story was great as well, a great pair (the story and the reader).