Sneak Preview of a Fabulous Book!

ella and marilynI had the opportunity to read Vivian Kirkfield’s upcoming nonfiction book, Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. With a lyrical quality to her writing, Vivian Kirkfield has written a beautiful story of friendship between two iconic personalities, Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. They were different in many ways, but they both had the same hopes and dreams. The author piques curiosity by giving readers a bit of background information about each woman. Ella Fitzgerald wanted to share her music with the world, and Marilyn Monroe hoped to become a great actress. How did these two women forge a life-long friendship? When Marilyn was offered a role in a musical, the first thing she did was to buy her idol’s records to listen to and study. Those records were Ella Fitzgerald’s. Marilyn’s performance in the movie was hailed by critics. This gave Marilyn a voice in her career and future projects. She immediately bought a ticket to Ella Fitzgerald’s next concert and remained afterward to thank Ella for her inspiration. A special bond formed between the two women. During that time, Ella wanted her voice to be heard by everyone, but because of racial discrimination, Ella was not allowed to perform in certain places. Marilyn stepped in to help. She made a bargain with a very popular nightclub owner promising to bring reporters to promote his club if he would hire Ella Fitzgerald to sing. It worked! After lengthy preparations, Ella Fitzgerald was finally able to share her music and voice with the world. Vivian Kirkfields’s talent for telling an inspiring story can be felt with every page turn, and Alleanna Harris’ captivating illustrations harken back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. I highly recommend adding this book to your collection.

Coming this January!


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27 Comments on “Sneak Preview of a Fabulous Book!”

  1. Wow…what a beautiful surprise greeted me this morning, Cathy! Thank you so much for the glowing review and the wonderful post! I’ll share it immediately!

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  2. MaryBeth Lidington Says:

    Wonderful story!! Are you getting set ?


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  3. Beautiful review, Cathy. The story is as elegant and rich as the illustrations and shows off Vivian’s lyrical flair for story telling. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. marshaelyn Says:

    Kudos for writing such a succinct, supportive, and stellar review of the talented Kirkfield’s new book! Her gift with words creates a rhythm that immediately connects with readers of every age. Can’t wait to get my eyes on this intriguing true story.

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  5. MD Knabb Says:

    I can’t wait to read it, Vivian. It sounds intriguing.

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  6. Looking forward to reading this one! Nice review, Cathy!

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  7. eve robillard Says:

    It sounds very interesting! Thanks!

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  8. ptnozell Says:

    Wonderful review of what promises to be a fabulous new picture book by the talented Vivian Kirkfield!

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  9. setwiggs Says:

    Vivian sent me to your blog. Her book sounds great. Thanks for an interesting preview.

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  10. Yay! Can’t wait to hold this beautiful book!

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