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One day it'll all make sense : a memoir
Common and Adam Bradley
Adult Nonfiction ML420.C656 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Rapper and actor Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, shares his life story in this candid, no-nonsense autobiography. He offers not only a straightforward narration of his life, but also includes intimate, sometimes emotional letters to people important to him, such as his father, treasured childhood friends, fellow hip hop artist Kanye West, and even his younger self, to whom he muses, "Man, you a cool little dude, but you got a lot to learn." Vignettes written by his mother reflect and enhance his story by providing her unique perspective on her son's significant experiences. Common credits her with raising him to be "a gift-giver who can love life and love myself and be in love with others," who views his life's purpose as "us[ing] my fame to provide more exposure for my art so that I can influence people's lives for the better." Lyrics from songs that were inspired by formative incidents are interspersed throughout, revealing the highly personal nature of his work and giving fans background on what prompted the creation of the music they love. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Rap artist Common's distinctive style and generally positive message have attracted a large audience since his move from Chicago underground cult favorite to Brooklyn-based popular lyricist in the late 1990s. He's also acted in movies and was invited to perform at the White House. Common is an intelligent, thoughtful writer, and his memoir documents his colorful life so far, including work with Kanye West, his relationship with Erykah Badu, and encounters with Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela. He sets the tone and subject for each chapter by beginning with a letter to a particular meaningful person in his life. Verdict Common has obviously learned many life lessons (especially from his mother) and is hoping that he can reach young black youth with his message of love, fatherhood, and strength. Recommended for fans of rap music books and popular biographies. [National tour; see Prepub Alert, 12/20/10.]-Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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