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A little disappointing, but worth reading if you're a fan
on September 21, 1998
The author spends the first few chapters of the book expanding on her genealogy. Die-hard Uhura fans may enjoy this (especially since her family tree contains ancestors who were extraordinary for their social stances in their time), but fans of Star Trek in general may be bored. Her manner of story-telling seems egotistical even to the point of being hard to believe. I must admit that after reading several chapters on her family and background, I skipped ahead to the Star Trek years. Her descriptions of the racial discrimination that occurred during Star Trek--both obvious and "Jim Crow" varieties--is certainly worth reading about, especially for young readers who don't remember the bad old days and may get quite a culture shock from it. Hearing about the mail-room incident certainly shocked me. I had such a bad feeling about it that I wanted to warp back in time and change history. I was a little annoyed with her gullibility on matters psychic, as well as her seeming subservience to Gene Roddenberry. I even wondered if he had kept her on the show just so that he could manipulate her psychologically in some sadistic personal vendetta by cutting her lines thus cutting out her heart a little bit at a time? Did she ever consider that? (Though I'm glad she stayed on the show and I wish she'd been given more lines; especially as she turned out to be a role model for so many.) On the other hand, I also wondered if she perhaps chose G.R. in order to sleep her way onto the TV screen, but then glossed over the fact in this one-sided rendition of her life story. (Shame on me for thinking it). I wouldn't suggest buying the book, but do check it out of the library. And skip the boring parts!