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Searching for Tina Turner Paperback – Bargain Price, January 24, 2011
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"A fierce, beautiful tour de force . . . Luckett is a writer to watch and admire." -- ZZ Packer--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
More About the Author
In 1999, she took a creative writing class on a dare, from herself, and happily found her love of writing re-ignited. By a lucky coincidence, that same year she discovered the Voices of Our Nations (VONA) writing workshops and participated over the next four years in workshops with Christina Garcia, Danzy Senna, Junot Diaz, Ruth Forman and Terry McMillan. VONA provided a safe haven for a new writer still unsure of her abilities, yet eager to learn. She attributes much of her growth as a writer to the VONA workshops.
In 2004, Jacqueline formed the Finish Party (featured in O Magazine, October 2007) along with seven other women writers-of-color. Jacqueline calls these outstanding women her mentors and advisors, her friends and the toughest (and most loving) readers around.
Jacqueline is an avid reader and lover of books, an excellent cook, aspiring photographer, and world traveler. She lives in Northern California and, though she loves all of her friends there, she takes frequent breaks to fly off to foreign destinations.
Jacqueline is the author of two novels, PASSING LOVE and SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER.
Top Customer Reviews
While Randall is on a long business trip, Lena falls into a funk. No one can understand why she's not happy since she has everything money can buy. But Lena wants more - she wants to do something for herself for a change. When she buys a copy of Tina Turner's autobiography, she finds strength in the singer's life, and decides that she has to meet her.
Searching for Tina Turner by Jacqueline E. Luckett was a more serious book than I presumed from the title. As someone who has put her husband's career and her child's well being first, I could really relate to Lena. I'm lucky though, because my husband is supportive and considerate of me and my wishes, unlike Randall.
I'm here to tell you, I had quite a conversation with Randall while I read this book. I told him a thing or two and called him a thing or two. At one point, Carl looked at me, and said, "it's only a book." I've met several men like Randall through the years, and I didn't like a single one of them.
I really enjoyed Searching for Tina Turner and I loved that Lena found her inner strength and stayed true to herself. She learned to let go and not try to do everything for everyone and actually let someone do something for her from time to time. I do think this book will probably appeal more to middle aged women.
I have gotten to used to easy reads. Things I could read easily without much effort, not much of a challenge. Easy words, simple subject matter or same subject different title. So when I started reading Searching For Tina Turner, I hate to say I was expecting same topic different day. What a pleasant surprise. At first, it reminded me of Terry McMilan.. I love complex books that make you think and feel and identify with the characters and subject, and make you read slow to savor the favor. Lena grabbed me into her world. Always doing and settling and waiting for her turn to live. She has a great life, a hubby, two kids and a dream. She really doesn't want much, all she wants is to be herself and do what she's always dreamed of. She wants to do something that makes her feel. She has become uncomfortable in her own skin and circumstance and starts reminiscing of better days and Tina Turner.
Discontentment makes you do things to satisfy an urge. It also makes you feel disconnected to your self.
Lena is tried of waiting for her turn and takes it. She leaves her "perfect" life to satisfy her life long dream that was always being put on hold. She decides to embark on a journey to find herself and Tina Turner. The people who she's put her life on hold for are not getting that she has to do this for her, and it's not about them. Lena jets off to Europe with a friend and a camera and Tina's sprit in her heart. She has tickets to see her in concert and while waiting for that day, she starts to discover the Lena , she has always wanted to be.
I loved this book. I call a grown woman read. It's about taking your control back and about being uncomfortable in a too comfortable situation.
Randall and Lena's first date was a Tina Turner concert and a used copy of Tina's autobiography is about to become the catalyst for the change that is to come. She admires Tina's tenacity, strength of character and will to survive despite being an abused woman. Even though her life is different from Tina's she feels they are kindred spirits. Within a few weeks after a volatile dinner party at their home, Lena's life begins to unravel and she finds herself on the verge of divorce. Dealing with her angry children, ages 20 and 17, a mother who thinks she is making a mistake, and a new life-style, Lena is free to pursue her career and finds a job in an art gallery.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is so refreshing to read a novel that portrays a smart, sophisticated women in her 50's.
Since Searching For Tina Turner is really a literary metaphor, I was quite... Read more
I am an avid Tina Turner fan and this is why I chose the book. Most of the reviews are about Lena and such, but I think some light should be shed on Tina. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Candace
Lena Spencer and her husband, Randall, have two children, Kendrick and Camille. Neither of whom are in diapers. Read more
I was disappointed by the book. It took me a while to read it and it just did not hold my interest.Published on January 27, 2012 by Andrea L. Price
I read this book during the hottest part of the summer, when I would love to have traveled far from the oppressive heat of Texas, so it was the perfect read to spirit me away, at... Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by fiddlewrite
"Searching for Tina Turner" Is a wonderfully written book and a wonderful way to make a tribute to one of our living legends. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Arelia R. Sanders
Jacqueline takes on a journey, similiar to Terry..however, in a space that's singular, yet complex. The complexities and realness with the character is profound. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Fredia Brooks
Readers familiar with the writing of Connie Briscoe, Terry McMillan, and Be Be Campbell Moore will welcome Jacqueline Luckett to the world of African-American literature during a... Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Kindle Customer
Not an original premise or execution to say the least; a women finds herself after realizing money isn't everything. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Christy Leigh Stewart