Those words told him that what he felt for his colored neighbor Ruthie was wrong. The imagery is strong and the dialogue is believable and engaging. He refused to let his father take the one thing in his life that brought him true happiness. I got this as a free read on amazon and had no real expectations other than my friend Shenika gave it 5 stars. Not exactly your typical love story and I whoop to that!! Like many prominent moral authorities, the Reverend Phillips is a terror in his private life and no moral authority at all. On the American Top 40 program of November 6, 1976, Casey Kasem reported that when the song went gold, the record company presented Withers with a golden toilet, marking the start of his new career.
He grows up with Ruthie and falls in love with her. However, we don't go through the book in slow paced, the book is relatively medium paced, because Stephen is telling the cop his story, so you can't go through it like a normal story telling pace. I don't think you're capable. Maybe I would not have been so alerted to it if I had not read the reviews before reading the book. He tells the officer about the lifetime of abuse he, his brother Matthew , and mother Marjorie endured by the hands of the cherished small town Virginia reverend, Theodore Phillips.
I cannot give away any of the story-line except to say, there is suspense, thriller, murder, abuse, love. But it is an excellent book that has the reader really feeling for and caring about the characters. There were relatively few typos or other errors. I fell in love with the characters from the start, this book sent me through a roller coaster of emotions. They forge a friendship because they hold a common bond of struggle--Stephen is living with an abusive father and a passive mother, Ruthie is dealing with being b This is a book about two young people who grew up together in the 1960s racial south who eventually fall in love with each other. Those words adorned every building in Livingston, Virginia during the summer of 1963 confusing and angering five-year-old Stephen Phillips. I highly recommend this book, its one of the best I've read in a long time.
The writing is strong and the love story between Stephen and Ruthie is well written. You know running only makes you look guilty and I don't really believe you killed your father. Withers understands that the stripped down approach goes perfectly with what this song is all about. I'd gladly go to jail for killing that man. This was a challenge read and is not at all my usual genre.
The dad winds up dead. I wish the story had had a different ending but find that this ending happened more times in the south at that time period than people are willing to admit. Learn more about the techniques used in this song. He fooled everyone into thinking he was just simply angelic. It was the deep buried family secrets that came to light about halfway through the story that turned everything upside down. I won't give too many details as to not give anything away, but this book will leave you speechless. Then 90 % on and I am on the edge of my chair.
This book is so much more than that! At the ceremony, Wonder performed this song with Withers sitting next to him on stage. This was one of the best stories I've read in a long time. The part of the story where two people fall in love and deal with interracial aspects and hardships was beautifully done. Stephen Stills was playing and there was Booker T. To sum it up: Good writing with strong character building. We learn who they are, how they met and what happened up until how they ended up in the police station.
It was their first hit, released in February 1974. The relationship between Stephen and Ruthie is romanticized in a coming of age sort of way but this is high drama with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. This book was a very quick read I started it at one am not expecting to get through the whole thing but by three o'clock I was done. The catches Stephen and Ruthie spend their childhood years living next door to one another and spending every minute of their free time together. Withers' label Sussex Records gave him plenty of artistic freedom, which he lost when Sussex folded and he moved to Columbia.
The whole song really depends on the chord progression at the end of every line, so focus on that. Beaten to death with a shovel outside his own home. Ain't No Sunshine is no. Am gently, fade it completely, then bring it back gently And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know Hey, I ought to leave the young thing alone, Am Em-G-Am But ain't no sunshine when she's gone, Am Am Em-G-Am only darkness everyday. A shocker of a book and a quick read.
As time moves on the feelings that Ruthie and Stephen share outgrow their childhood fancies and mature even as they do. They forge a friendship because they hold a common bond of struggle--Stephen is living with an abusive father and a passive mother, Ruthie is dealing with being black in the South. Stephen is white and Ruthie is biracial. Stephen's father seems to have an unnatural attraction to Ruthie. The drama and the portrayal of both child and spousal abuse was captivating. Honestly explores racial issues prevalent during that era and the mysteries and heartbreaks of young love.
I have always wanted to read a story with this theme because I know how difficult it must be to fall in love and then have someone tell you, your love is forbidden! I expect some surprises, but I also expect honesty. The book is very short, only 200 pages. Stephen and Ruthie, I loved their story. The same man who raised and loved him for eighteen years. Hats off to the author for that! I want more stories like this.