From School Library Journal
YA. Smith's updated version of Cosby (1986) is not a tell-all celebrity biography but rather a factual account of Cosby's life from his early childhood to the present. Sporting a new jacket cover, the book has some new black-and-white photographs; an additional five chapters; and a revised list of Cosby's books, recordings, etc. This narrative concludes with the tragic death of Ennis Cosby. The author chronicles the comedian's career and life experiences with entertaining reminiscences from family, friends, actors, and the man himself. Readers may already be familiar with the Cosby wit, humor, and style but may not be aware of the struggle and dedication of a person who is comfortable with who he is. In reading these pages, one will find Cosby's human frailties and emotions that contribute to his huge success. Cosby's humanitarian and educational values will motivate readers to become positive contributors to society.?Connie Freeman, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
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From Library Journal
In over 20 years as an entertainer Bill Cosby has established a reputation as a humorist who appeals to almost every segment of the American listening and watching public. Although much of his comedy is based on childhood reminiscences, he has been a success in nightclubs, on a TV spy series, and on record albums. Along the way he has been criticized for not emphasizing racial issues but has responded by emphasizing that the everyday problems of black and white people are often interchangeable. Smith effectively intersperses comedy routines with childhood memories, and the result is a warm, relaxed kind of book, much in Cosby's own style. The biography is as up to date as it can be, ending with a chapter on Cosby's new TV show. Photographs not seen. Recommended for most collections. Samuel Simons, Memorial Hall Lib., Andover, Mass.
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