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Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories by [Alpert, Lani Hall]
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About the Author

Lani Hall Alpert is a Grammy Award-winning vocalist, and has penned the lyrics to numerous songs dating as far back as the 1960s, when she was lead singer for Sergio Mendes’s group, Brasil ‘66. Written over the course of more than 30 years, Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories marks Lani’s debut into the world of literature, assembling works of both fiction and non-fiction, tied together by an intimate narrative. After a turbulent childhood growing up in Chicago, she found her only refuge in a love of singing. While still just a teenager, Lani was discovered by Sergio Mendes at a local nightclub and was whisked off to Los Angeles, where, just 5 months later, Brasil ‘66 was signed to A&M Records by the founder of the label (and Lani’s future husband), music legend Herb Alpert. Lani started her solo career in 1971, and in 1983 she recorded the title song for the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again. She also has the distinction of having recorded more than 20 albums in 3 different languages (English, Portuguese, and Spanish), and has performed at the Academy Awards on two separate occasions (with Brasil ’66 and with Herb Alpert), and in 1986 she won a Grammy Award for her third Latin album, Es Facil Amar. At the peak of her success in the mid-80s, Lani contracted a debilitating case of Epstein Barr Virus, and was forced to take a reprieve from performing. Losing the energy to sing was devastating to Lani. In her own words, “Whether I write or sing, it’s to ‘clear myself.’ I feel this thing inside of me, and I have to sing it or put it on paper to get it out of my body.” Lacking the physical stamina to express herself through song, Lani poured her heart and imagination onto the printed page. Writing has always come just as naturally to Lani as music. Even as a young girl, she was already a passionate poet. As she moved through her life experiences, she traveled with pen in hand, expressing her private feelings and thoughts as a vehicle of release. She began writing short stories in 1982, while on tour in Mexico City, and has never stopped. Over the past 5 years, Lani has been performing and recording alongside the love of her life, her husband of 38 years, Herb Alpert. Their most recent album together, I Feel You, was released to rave reviews in 2011. Lani enjoys spending time with her 3 children and 5 grandchildren, and she lives with her husband in Southern California, where she continues to write and sing.

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  • File Size: 2239 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Lani Hall Alpert (September 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BI8TXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Loved this book for it's honesty and beautiful word portraits of the city of Chicago and it's people. Chicago has been called the Paris of the Midwest and the author reinforces that comparison many times over with references to the unique light in the city and it's implications on the characters that haunt her stories. Amazingly, the individuals in overwhelmingly difficult situations with no hope of positive solution, and yet, a twist of fate, a ray of sunlight, a glimmering smile and a new beginning is offered to both the characters and the reader. Lani's view of the world is extremely realistic and yet hopeful. This combination of conflict and faith is guaranteed to bring the reader joy.
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Lani's book is riveting, a mix of raw emotion and earthreal short stories. Written at a guttural level, her stories draw you in. She exposes the reader to her early adolescence, growing up in Chicago's gritty North side, the heady days of youth and the seduction of Jazz. Jazz was enthralling. It was the music that enraptured her, reminiscent of a film noir movie playing in the background of her life. It was Jazz that pushed her forward, following it's beat to Old Town, Chicago's Mecca in the mid -sixties. Later, becoming lead singer of Brazil '66 and into the protective arms of Herb Alpert; a place where Lani calls home. The book describes her love of Chicago, Jazz and family, husband Herb Alpert, children and grandchildren. But before you get to the beautiful ending, Lani puts you through the emotional ringer. A journey of truth, imagination, and unrestrained raw feelings. A must read.
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By Mary Crocco on December 20, 2013
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A singer/songwriter/author discovered by watching Tavis Smiley on PBS. Not only had I never heard of Lani Hall Alpert, I was unaware she was Herb Albert’s wife. Growing up I enjoyed listening to Herb Alpert’s Jazz.

When I watched Lani Hall Alpert respond to Smiley’s interview questions about her memoir, my interest piqued. I appreciated her honesty, sharing personal events and complicated issues in her life, but her words of wisdom dealing with adversity is what impressed me.

As Lani explained the stories, written in Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories, I looked forward to the written word. In her book, she described in depth her life in Chicago, including her love of Jazz.

Discovered as a singer in Chicago, Lani moved to Los Angeles, became a lead singer, and met Herb Alpert. Throughout her emotional stories, Lani’s life experiences are captivating. Her expectations remained practical, as she doesn’t live in la-la land. Her pragmatic reasoning was refreshing.

Delighted Lani’s book matched her live interview; I took away a sense of hope for my own life after reading Lani Hall Alpert’s, Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories.
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Been a big fan of Ms. Hall since her days with Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 so couldnt wait to read this.

Ms. Hall's book is written as beautifully as the songs she sings with her beautiful voice.

My favorite stories were "Mr. Belmont," "The Ringing Bells" and "The Professor." This was a book which I could not put down.

I love the advice that some of Lani's character's gave out, such as the Professor suggesting to his client to "Stop Thinking So Much," in response to those willful storms to stirring inside her head.

I wish Lani would write more, perhaps a sequel to some of these stories? I would love one for "The Ringing Bells?" as I would love to know what happens to Eve and if she ever saw Angie again.

Also loved reading about her days as a young girl in Chicago and how she idolized her neighbor Jackie. Fantastic book!!
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Lani Hall Alpert is a talented singer and a creative story teller. The most revealing part of the book and of her complex origins is revealed in a visit to the two very different cemeteries of her two sets of grandparents. This helps to explain some of the conflicts in her younger years and between her parents. It was disturbing that a question asked of her when she and her brother visited the snack bar at Northwestern University made her so upset in view of what was revealed in her cemetery visit. Some of her stories would be right at home in the old Twilight Zone television series. Those who enjoy the book will enjoy Lani's 2 part discussion of the book with Connie Martinson on You Tube.
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Beautifully heartfelt, particularly when nailing a young teenager's emotions and insecurities as they bounce all around the universe. We've all been there in some form, and I think most of us never really came to grips with how much those times influenced how we got to the here and now. Painful and brave, deeply personal, yet able to touch the core of us all.
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I loved these little stories. All through each tale I was wondering how much was from Lani's life and how much was fiction. I could also relate to some of the stories as I am close to her in age. I too had a man on the train but in my case he was married :-) My favorite line in the book was that home was in the arms of her husband...A very pleasant read that leaves you wanting more...
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