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Adam's Belle by Isabel Washington Powell
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Jun 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, chasing-bookclub

There is so many things to take from this book:
*passing for white but still colored
*living with grandparents
*body weight seemed to matter; body imaged concerned Isabel (Isabelle) throughout the book since she was a "showgirl"

Moreover, while reading, I took that she preferred to be a showgirl more than being a wife, or with a man and even her child. She didn't want to be a housewife since stage was her addiction and idolized the performance, shouting, and acting/dance on the stage during the Harlem Renaissance era. When she met Adam, after her first husband Preston, she loved him so much that she was willing to bond with Mother Powell to learn how to bake/cook for the man they both wished to make him happy. This stole my heart while reading midway in the book. It seems like preacher-boy men love the sexiness-bad girl in women; showgirls usually wasn't with aspiring preachers. What people will do for love. There is more than meets the eye as I continue to reading this book, more than a love story.

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Reading Progress

June 1, 2011 – Shelved
June 26, 2011 – Started Reading
June 28, 2011 –
page 20
10.47% "Interesting and wonder how people write memoirs...structure, this doesn't seem so much chronological."
June 28, 2011 –
page 45
June 29, 2011 – Shelved as: memoir
June 29, 2011 – Shelved as: chasing-bookclub
June 29, 2011 –
page 105
54.97% "finish later today."
June 30, 2011 – Finished Reading

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