About a year ago I was shopping at Big Lots with my sister and I came across a book bin in the middle of the aisle. Just to kill time I decided to dig through it. Something caught my eye. I came across a semi-thick paper back with the always beautiful and buff Angela Bassett alongside her fine chocolate shy guy husband Courtney B. Vance on the cover. I flipped through the pages rather quickly, read the acknowledgements and decided to take memoir entitled “Friends: A Love Story” home with me. This book shamefully sat on the shelf of my personal library for over a year. Recently, I’d become extremely bored with reality TV shows and HGTV. I tuned out Hollywood and decided to grab something off of the library shelf. I reached for “Friends: A Love Story” and was not remotely prepared for the awesome ride through sex, college, and relationships. I am so thrilled that I journeyed through Angela and Courtney’s life. I was given the opportunity to live vicariously through them the entire way and I loved it.
Do not be intimidated by the 400 page count. This book was an easy read and a page turner. I found myself reading it curled up with a blanket on the front porch early in the mornings after my son left for school. It definitely was a motivator for getting through my gruesome workouts. It was something sweet to look forward to. I felt Angela and Courtney were completely honest and did an excellent job recounting the details of the past that shaped their futures. I found myself enraged when Angela’s mother’s boyfriend fondled Angela as a child while her mother lay asleep in the next room. I rejoiced when these two African-Americans graduated from Ivy League institutions; Angela from Yale University and Courtney from Harvard University. I was crushed when the suicide of a loved one struck the Vance’s. But with each page I was enthralled. I felt connected to them, their failures and their successes.
It was interesting to see the way both of them approached romantic relationship. In theory their relationships with Mr. Wrong or Ms. Wrong made sense but it practice they were complete disasters. I was there for it all. I found myself telling everyone I came into contact with about the book, so much so my mother would ask for regular updates. It was a very enjoyable book that created an enjoyable break away from the mundane life of news and scripted reality. It was REAL life, their life. I was already a fan of both of these amazing actors and now I am an even bigger fan of their marriage.
This book would make a great gift this holiday season for a single, coupled, or married individual looking for relationship insight and advice. It retails for $14.95 in the U.S. ISBN 13:978-0-373-83121-0. Take My Foolish Advice and grab your copy today!
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