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The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir Hardcover – August 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Pointed Leaf Press (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938461053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938461057
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Named "America's Best Interior Designer" by CNN and Time Magazine in 2001, Sheila Bridges is a Harlem, New York based interior designer, product designer, author and former TV Host.

Sheila's first book, Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing For a Lifetime, was published in 2002 by Little Brown and Company. Furnishing Forward quickly became a trusted resource to help homeowners, apartment dwellers, and decorating enthusiasts define and express their sense of personal style in their own homes.

The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir, will be published in 2013 by Pointed Leaf Press and is Sheila's second book. This beautifully illustrated memoir comprises a series of deeply personal vignettes that explore questions of race, identity, family, beauty, femininity and what it means to "have it all."

Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Sheila Bridges moved to New York City in 1986. She holds degrees from Brown University and Parsons School of Design, and studied decorative arts at Polimoda in Florence, Italy. She lives and works in Harlem, New York and relaxes at her weekend home in New York's Hudson Valley.

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Very well written and beautifully produced book.
Sissy DeGroat Dover
I appreciated Sheila's honesty and bravery, and thank her for sharing her life with us.
Amerettocookie
One of the best books I've ever read and most beautiful books on my bookshelf.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By shoejunkie on September 4, 2013
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The first half of Shelia Bridges' memoir is a bit tedious. Do we really need to know the route that she drove home for the Xmas Holidays in 1993? Or the name, occupation and toothpaste used by each of her boyfriends from high school, college and post grad? I made up that last part but you get my drift. I wanted to know where she got her great sense of style and how she made the leap from Parson's graduate to decorator to the stars. The second half on the other hand, when she tells of her hair loss is tremendous! As if written by another person. And that may be the point because she probably did change on the outside as well as inside. She told and showed us how she is a strong, talented and very proud Black woman. I am glad to have read the book and admire her work and the strength and courage that she displayed is dealing with her hair loss.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Epstein on September 13, 2013
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Very personal story of what it means to be an "authentic" person told by a very articulate writer. Brava, Ms. Bridges!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ptpick on November 1, 2013
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Sheila Bridges' memoir, THE BALD MERMAID, is as daring, courageous and inspiring as her interior designs. I could not put this book down. You don't have to be a woman, African-American, or even particularly interested in interior design to become enthralled by Ms. Bridges' story and its powerful message: Follow your dreams by creating an outward life that is a true reflection of your inner self.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amerettocookie on November 16, 2013
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Visually stunning, hysterical, touching...this beautifully written memoir had me laughing, crying but most of all inspired to overcome my own pain. I appreciated Sheila's honesty and bravery, and thank her for sharing her life with us. This is a must read -- brilliant!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Y. Gans on September 2, 2013
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Sheila Bridges writes as though you are having an in depth conversation, albeit an extremely long one! She is unfailingly honest, funny and expresses her hopes and frustrations in ways in which all can find common ground. Bravo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PhotoFun on November 12, 2013
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Wow! One of the best books I've ever read and most beautiful books on my bookshelf. Sheila's writing is so vivid and clear and her journey so poignant and touching, I feel as if I know and understand Sheila better than my own sisters. Real, visceral and incredibly funny, I couldn't put the book down. So many of the coming of age experiences Sheila describes remind me of so many experiences and teaching my parents also tried to instill in me while growing up in the 60's and 70's. A must read for African American boomers - particularly those of us who grew up middle class-- and anyone who want to understand us. I can't wait to read Sheila's next book and see the movie "The Bald Mermaid"! Bravo, incredibly well done Sheila Bridges
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline R. Hill on September 14, 2013
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I've loved Shiela Bridges, and was so happy she wrote this book regarding her personal struggles. Would recommend it to all. She's a cool designer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ernestine Harris on October 8, 2013
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This book is well-written. It gives a sense of a real woman and how she's handling a devastating condition. More important, we get to know Sheila and her family. The photos show a family that we can relate to, understand and feel empathy for. My sense is that Sheila is a multi-talented, warm, likeable and creative person.
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