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A Must for Shirley Temple (-Black) Fans
on August 21, 2002
This book kept my attention from cover to cover, and would do the same for anyone who is interested in Shirley Temple (-Black) and/or this era of filmmaking in Hollywood. The only complaint I have (and the reason I could not give it 5 stars) is that Ms. Black is not, by nature, a writer. The stories are certainly fascinating but her writing style is too like that of someone who is trying to appear as a writer and is not. Often you will encounter paragraphs in which you do not know exactly what is going on until the end because she tries to write with unnecessary flourish instead of getting to the point. Though it is superb to be able to find out her point of view on her life and the detail is great without bogging down.
It was a very good read that kept a nice pace. I recommend it, though only if you are willing and able to infer the meanings and happenings.
Also, the pictures included (in the paperback version, at least) are lovely and span her infancy to her adulthood.