Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder's Mother

by Dennis Love, Stacy Brown

Published: September 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Paperback
ISBN: 9781416577850

       

Synopsis of Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder's Mother

To say that Lula Hardaway did not have an easy life is an understatement. A motherless child who was passed from relative to relative, she was caught in an incredible struggle for her self-esteem and her emotional survival. But she emerged as a woman of strength and determination, setting her sights on making sure her son had a better life than she had known. Despite the special challenges he presented, Stevie Wonder caught the attention of Berry Gordy, who launched him into musical stardom. Listeners will be stirred by the story of Stevie Wonder's long-lasting career in the music business as well as the mother's determination that led him there.

Book Magazine

At the 1973 Grammy Awards, Stevie Wonder, the raucous singer of such megahits as "Superstition" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," took home an astonishing five trophies, including Album of the Year. It would have been an impressive feat for any young artist, but for Stevie, born poor, blind and black, it served as testament to the strength of his mother, Lula. Written by two journalists and based on extensive interviews, this book recounts Lula's story—a hardscrabble existence, years spent footing the bills with cash earned through prostitution—as well as Stevie's phenomenal rise to fame. Though chock-full of heartwarming scenes, Blind Faith occupies an uncomfortable zone somewhere between memoir and hagiography.

About the Author, Dennis Love

Dennis Love (right) is a freelance journalist who has worked for The Arizona Republic, UPI, the Los Angeles Daily News, and The Orange County Register. He lives in Sacramento, California. Stacy Brown (left) is also a journalist who has worked for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Times Community News, and he currently works for The Journal News in Westchester, New York. This is the first book for each of them.

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