The most beautiful life book
This Beautiful Life by Helen SchulmanWhen fifteen-year-old Jake Bergamot receives—and then forwards to a friend—a sexually explicit video that an eighth-grade admirer sent to him, the video goes viral within hours. The scandal that ensues threatens to shatter his family’s sense of security and identity—and, ultimately, their happiness. This Beautiful Life is a devastating, clear-eyed portrait of modern life that will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the choices we make in the name of love.
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Registered in Ireland: Just over a year on from the death of Prince, his first wife Mayte Garcia is finally ready to talk about life with the flamboyant singer. She tells Hannah Stephenson about how the enigmatic star made her feel, the tragic loss that tore them apart, and coping with her grief. But then her husband was Prince, the icon revered for his flamboyant style and enigmatic public image, as much as his music and songs. If I bought a new one, it would be gone. Even my pants [trousers]. A dancer, she met the Purple Rain megastar when she was 16 and he was 32, and became his backing dancer, long-time muse, first wife, and mother of his only child.
I have to be honest and say I was on the fence when it came to purchasing this book. It didn't have anything to do with Mayte personally but I have been disappointed in the past when it came to celebrity books. I won't say any names. I will whisper the name to you. In the beginning of the book, she talks about how she and Prince forged this friendship when she was the tender age of
As the video, forwarded again and again, goes viral, the tabloid media go bananas, linking Jake and Daisy in an ominous and humiliating celebrity. What can the future hold for unformed, vulnerable kids who bumble their way into the lowliest realm of the permanent record that is the Internet? Should their parents be held responsible, or are they equally victimized by the seductions and traps of digital life? Yet as much as this book fiercely inhabits our shared online reality, it operates most powerfully on a deeper level, posing an enduring question about American values — is it worth leaving a perfectly good life to grab a chance for something more? The boys face a confusing pressure to hook up with any girl who offers. Yet Liz is not, she ruefully admits, a better mother for having nothing else going.
In her new book she gives readers an inside look into how she met the legendary musician, their relationship that followed and the tragedy that ultimately tore them apart. Garcia recently spoke with Jill Riley and Brian Oake about the process of writing her book and how, even though she and Prince both went their separate ways, a bond always remained. Here's their conversation as transcribed by Simone Cazares; click above to listen to an edited version of this interview. Garcia will be at the University Club of St. Paul tonight, and tomorrow she'll be signing books at the Mall of America Rotunda. Mayte Garcia: It was to show how beautiful of a romance and love there was.