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BITTER CROP The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday's Last Year

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Maya Days

Biography & Memoir • 12 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2024

Performing this revealing look at the complexities of the revered jazz pioneer Billie Holiday, actress Maya Days connects with every ounce of the brilliance and tragedy of the singer's life. Strategic pauses in Days's phrasing and spot-on dialect for dialogue make her sentences sing with auditory variety. But it's her heartfelt resonance with Holiday's difficult life that makes the author's evocative writing so riveting. Despite Holiday's experiences with racism, her drug and alcohol history, and her long relationship with an exploitive, abusive romantic partner, she never felt like a victim. The details of her earlier life and her final year portray her as a lifelong survivor and a hustler, someone who knew what she wanted: to express her pathos, connect with audiences, and interpret songs like no one else. T.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2024]

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2024

DD ISBN 9780593825464 $22.50


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2024

DD ISBN 9780593825471 $85.50

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