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Dont Block The Blessings [Hardcover]

Patti Labelle
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Dec 12 2012
A memoir by the soul, gospel, and disco diva describes her terrible shyness as a child, the violent end of her parents' relationship when she was a teenager, and her eventual rise to the heights of stardom.


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In this revealing memoir, singer LaBelle tells of her rise to fame, describes how she overcame serious career setbacks, and speaks of her personal tragedies.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy to read this book July 10 2002
Format:Hardcover
Congratulations, A reflective autobiography with some depth and truth. Before reading Patti's, I read Aretha's, which I ultimately felt like tossing in the middle of the street! Great job! I thought the book was very inviting to the personal side of Patti. I have always admired how forthcoming she has been with the public in relation to her late sisters. This book can truly encourage one to live life, as well as love and appreciate life.
However, there are a few things I would like to clear up, which I found inaccurate or inappropriate. The Jackie Wilson episode I found rather distasteful, particularly since he is not around to defend himself(it was o.k. to slander Al Green). Also, as I had to do with Gladys in her book, I need to clarify a few inaccurate points you raised in your book. In reading your relationship with Atlantic Records in the 1960's, one is left with the impression your group wasn't given a fair shot due to the success of Aretha. Well, that's not totally true, since you were with the label two years before she signed on. It just wasn't your time yet! Now is your time. You sound greater and look more beautiful than ever. You have a wonderful spirit in which people adore you far and near. You are truly a blessing. Wonderful job.
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Patti LaBelle did a great thing by selecting Laura Randolph now Lancaster to convey her life to the world. When you pick up Ebony magazine, the first article you read is "Sisterspeak." She definitely has a writing style that keep you subscribing or buying one off the magazine stands. Yeah, you read the other articles, but hers is definitely the first article you read. I would have bought the book regardless of whomever. Patti's life story was icing on the cake.
I have read the life stories of many, but none so captivating and heartfelt. She made me say, "Patti, Patti! I could not read fast enough and was disappointed when I finished - I know this good thing had to come to an end, but I was addicted to the story.
We all know Patti can blow. She is the best performer I have seen. When you pay you for a concert, you don't always get your monies worth, but with Patti you are guaranteed.
This book is a guarantee, just like her performances. Why do you think she is always on anything Essence magazine is doing?
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I AM 23 YEAR OLD AFRO-AMERICAN.AND OF COURSE A DIE HARD PATTI FAN.I WOULD LOVE TO SAY I'M HER #1 FAN, BUT I KNOW EVERY LABELLE FAN FEELS THAT WAY. I REALY HATE TO ADMIT,BUT I DONT READ OFTEN AS I SHOULD,AND THAT'S BECAUSE MY MIND TENDS TO WONDER OFF IF THE BOOK FAILS TO CAST A SPELL ON ME.WELL PATTI FANS OUT THERE;THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF GOOD VIBRATIONS BOOK DID JUST THAT.I PURCHSED THE BOOK THE FIRST DAY I SAW THE DIVA ON OPRAH BACK IN OCT OF 96.THE DIVA IS SO HERSELF;FUNNY,HONEST,AND OPEN.I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO READ THE DIVAS BOOK.IF YOU'RE LIKE ME AND HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BOOKS KEEPING YOUR ATTENTION; I PROMISE YOU PATTI IS SO FUNNY SHE'LL HAVE YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD,ESPECIALY THE INSERT WHERE THE DIVA RECOUNTS SINGING SO HARD AT ONE OF HER SHOWS,THAT SHE WET HER SELF AND ON TOP OF THAT,THE DIVA EVEN TOLD THE AUDIENCE.THE AUDIENCE DIDN'T CARE,AS DEVOTED FANS TO THE DIVA WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE PATTI WHEN SHE TURNS 100 AND STILL WATCH HER TRY TO ROLL ON THE STAGE(HA,HA) AND AS WE KNOW THE DIVA, SHE WILL TRY IT.I'M GLAD I WAS ABLE TO GIVE A REVIEW OF MY FAVORITE VOCALIST'S BOOK.IT IS A MUST BUY AS WELL AS HER COOK BOOK.GOD WILLING I WILL MAKE MY OWN MARK IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD AS AN ACTOR;AND I WILL MEET THE DIVA,AND IT WILL BE AN HONOR TO TELL HER HOW MUCH I RESPECT HER TALENT,DEVOTIAN TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.AMERICANS OUT THERE THE DIVA PROVES THAT WHEN YOU BECOME A STAR,THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CHANGE WHO YOU ARE ON THE INSIDE;YOU CONTINUE TO HONOR GOD,LOVE YOURSELF,LOVE YOUR LOVEDONES,AND PASS ON LOVE TO EVERYONE THAT YOU COME INTO CONTACT WITH.IF GOD WILLING THAT I MAKE IT AS AN ACTOR,I PROMISE TO BE A POSITVE ROLEMODEL AND AN INSPIRATIONAL LIGHT LIKE MRS LABELLE. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, and intriguing Aug. 23 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Don't Block the Blessings is an excellent book. When I began to read the first couple of words, I knew that this would be one book that I would not be able to put down. I often found myself reading the book while taking tests, taking a bath, while exercising, and sometimes while riding in the car. I think that the reason it caught my attention was because some of the issues that Mrs. LaBelle faced, I have gone through also. Although I am only sixteen years old, I have been in similar situations. Like Patti, I have often feared death, and I let that bother me for so long. I have lost an aunt, tragically, and me not being able to say to her what I needed to say still haunts me. After reading the book, I've learned to deal with my problems, as did Patti. I know Mrs. LaBelle will remain a true inspiration in my life because through her book, and through God, she has helped me to learn to never block the blessings. I believe that if America were to live by this motto, it would be a much better place. We need more people , like Mrs. Patti LaBelle, to speak out and help make this world a better haven. I commend her and may God continously bless her. I will remain her number one fan!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a blessing to read!
Patty LaBelle is amazing. She has an incredible voice, a career full of ups and downs, and can bring down the house in concert. Read more
Published on March 10 2002 by Daryl B
5.0 out of 5 stars Patti**Soul Sister #1
PATTI takes you on a journey-from the Bluebelles, to LaBelle and through her solo career. She talks about her battles with her self-esteem, record companies, men and THE TRAGIC... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2001 by Miss DTP
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
Good job, Patti! Very well written book with a good message. Need more like it.
Published on Nov. 9 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirationally Patti
This book is a tell all exploration through the life of Patti. We all know where she can go with her voice. Now we learn where she has gone has a person. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2001 by Angelique Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars You Go Girl
Patti scores with this book. Other than a slow beginning this book is fabulous. I can thank Patti for at least one of my insomnia nights. Read more
Published on July 19 2001 by Myrtle A. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE PATTI
This Book was GREAT! Once I picked it up I could NOT put it down. And the Fact that I got an Autographed Copy when she did a booksigning at Barnes and Nobel (Sorry Amazon, Y'all... Read more
Published on July 10 2001 by "rikki1965"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Inspirational Touching Story
First of all, i read this book a year ago...but i was telling a friend about and realized that this book helped me see a lot of things. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2000 by "passionategirl24"
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!
I could not put this book down! I remember sitting on an airplane on way home and crying my eyes out. I brought a copy of this book for all of the special people in my life. Read more
Published on March 19 2000 by M. Rawls
4.0 out of 5 stars "Great"""
I am a huge fan of Patti Labelle's and I enjoyed this book. I have seen her perform live many times and I now understand her tears. She is very strong and God has blessed her. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Satisfied
Since Patti is one of my favorite artists, I just had to read her book. I laughed as well as cried. She really shared herself with her readers and fans. Read more
Published on March 25 1999
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