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Bits and Pieces

My Mother, My Brother and Me

By Whoopi Goldberg

A Joyride of a Memoir




Bits and Pieces is an enlightening and entertaining autobiography by Whoopi Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Johnson. I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by the author and thoroughly enjoyed it. In this life story, she opens up about her close relationships with her wise and encouraging mother, Emma, and her protective, big brother, Clyde.

Goldberg’s writing is not just fluid, it's a joyride. The audio production feels like she's right there, having a lively conversation with us, sharing all the laughter and tears of her life.  I often found myself both laughing and crying along with her anecdotes!  If you've ever seen her on the big screen, this book is a must-read.  Whoopi shares some of her fondest and somberest memories of growing up in the projects in New York City. 

My favorite part is hearing Whoopi reminisce about her mother in such a kind, loving, and thoughtful way. Particularly the stories of how she would ask her mom questions about her past and her mom would ask her Why do you need to know that? Or why are you asking that? Her mom gave her the confidence she needed to succeed.

I sincerely thank Whoopi Goldberg, Blackstone Publishing, and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

“Not everybody gets to walk this earth with folks who let you be exactly who you are and give you the confidence to become exactly who you want to be. So, I thought I'd share mine with you.”

Publisher    Blackstone Publishing Audio

Published   May 7, 2024

Narrated     Whoopi Goldberg

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