From Publishers Weekly
The creator of Carols Daughter, a bath-and-beauty-products company, presents her life story, along with aromatherapy recipes, in this lightly enjoyable read. Price grew up in a loving, strict African-American family in Brooklyn and later pursued careers in singing and television. She also ran up huge credit card debt, and wound up owing the IRS tens of thousands of dollarsat 28, she was forced to declare bankruptcy. Its undeniably fascinating to learn how, a few years later, she managed to start Carols Daughter with $100 in cash; she slowly built the companywithout loans or credituntil she paid off her enormous debt. With such an honest and inspiring tale to tell, its unfortunate that Price devotes so much of her time to describing celebrities shes met along her road to success. A brief encounter with Prince gets a whole page, for example, but her decision to declare bankruptcy takes up little more than a paragraph. Readers might also raise an eyebrow at Prices repeated belief that "God is in my corner" and that He employs Oprah and other celebrities as messengers to ensure that Prices business continues to thrive. While Price does seem to be unusually blessed, this materialistic spirituality undercuts a potentially empowering message about discipline and entrepreneurship. Stronger are her descriptions of her family; her mother, Carol, particularly stands out as an inspiration. She raised not just the author and her brother, but six more adopted children, all the while fighting chronic illness. Photographs.
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Price, creator of Carol's Daughter, Inc., a line of bath and body care products, offers an inspirational story of overcoming low self-esteem and crushing debt to develop a successful business doing what she has always loved. Enamored of fragrances since childhood, when her grandmother filled the kitchen with recipes of her Caribbean heritage, Price struggled to overcome false starts and failed careers and relationships. Finally, her journey of self-discovery helped her realize that what she really loved and what she was good at doing could be developed into a viable enterprise. She put her considerable energy into concocting scents and selling them. Price intersperses her triumphant story of business success with recipes for food dishes and potpourri, as well as sound advice on repairing debt or troubled relationships, starting a business, and boosting self-esteem. Readers interested in starting businesses or aromatherapy will enjoy this encouraging book. Vanessa Bush
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