One Day It'll All Make Sense by Common

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As a memoir, the book succeeds based on Common’s candor, intelligence and charm, despite occasional artificial passages and broad platitudes, and he writes powerfully about his connection with President Obama.
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From the hip hop icon, Hollywood star, and “a true artist and writer of deep talent” (James McBride, author of The Color of Water)—a candid, New York Times bestselling memoir ranging from his childhood on Chicago’s South side and his emergence as one of rap’s biggest names.

Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable woman, his mother.

Common holds nothing back in this gripping memoir, both provocative and funny. He tells what it was like for a boy with big dreams growing up on the South Side of Chicago. He reveals how he almost quit rapping after his first album sold only two thousand copies. He recounts his rise to stardom and talks about the challenges of balancing fame, love, and family. Through it all, Common emerges as a man in full. Rapper. Actor. Activist. But also father, son, and friend. His story offers a living example of how, no matter what you’ve gone through, one day it’ll all make sense.
 

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Common was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn in Chicago March 13, 1972. Best known as a star recording artist and actor, he has also independently published children's books. He has a daughter Omoye Assata Lynn, born in 1997.Adam Bradley is the author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop and the co-editor of Ralph Ellison's Three Days Before the Shooting..., and Yale Anthology of Rap. He lives in Boulder with his wife.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Atria Books. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 13 2011

As a memoir, the book succeeds based on Common’s candor, intelligence and charm, despite occasional artificial passages and broad platitudes, and he writes powerfully about his connection with President Obama.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Shamontiel L. Vaughn on Dec 19 2011

While the darker chapters of his earlier life made me want to close the book, it was the funnier chapters, the growing pains and relationships that pulled me into the story.

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Chicago Sun Times

Excellent
Reviewed by THOMAS CONNER on Nov 17 2011

It’s a breezy read, light on musical specifics but chock full of open-eyed introspection and the occasional juicy detail.

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