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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.
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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.
Since Searching For Tina Turner is really a literary metaphor, I was quite surprised to read some of the reviews that mentioned disappointment because the book did not portray the strength of Tina???? This book is about Lena and her journey of finding self love and fulfillment. And on these counts, Ms. Luckett hit this one out of the park.
I look forward to reading more of Ms. Luckett's work in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
Lately Lena is starting to identify with her mother, Lula. She's a stay-at-home mom responsible for providing everything to everyone with little to no room for self. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by OOSA Online Book Club
She has it all, money, a beautiful house, 2 wonderful children, a loving husband, but Lena isn't happy. Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by Lori Caswell/Dollycas