Title: Queen Pin
Author: Jemeker Thompson-Hairston, David Ritz, Geoff Martin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Books
Publish Date; 6/22/2010
Paperback, 224 pages
From the publisher's website:
Jemeker Thompson-Hairston paid a heavy price for her involvement in the drug game. Learning from her sources of a federal investigation, Jemeker went on the run. It was love for her young son that brought her back to Los Angeles, even though she knew she would be arrested. A subsequent 12-year sentence would cost her not only her legitimate business and the fortune she'd amassed through the drug trade, but the most precious thing of all: time with her child. But not all was lost. Fortunately, while Thompson-Hairston was serving out her sentence, one pivotal moment helped her turn her life around, setting her on a path to help and inspire others like her.
My Take: It's always been interesting to me to see how people choose to live their lives and to figure out what makes people take a certain path.
This book attempts to describe the life of someone who finds herself drawn into the world of drugs and money. NOT because she had no other choice, but because she was vain and money-hungry, really.
I felt no sympathy at all for her - she chose to live a certain life, and even when that voice inside was telling her to quit, she kept doing it. And she paid a heavy price for it. losing the rest of her son's growing up years in prison.
Although this seems as though it could have been a great memoir, it was all surface to me. There was not enough detail to make anyone seem drawn to life, even though it is an autobiography. The writing was rather detached and clinical, and, as such, I felt as though I were reading a newspaper account. There is no real lesson in the book either. No real moralizing on how wrong the path taken was, no real true-blue shaking of the faith, either. For me, this was a dry, rather lackluster account of snippets of someone's life that somehow didn't seem very cohesive or tied together.
A friend of mine, on the other hand, LOVED this book and blew through it, giving it back to me the day after I gave it to her.
This is why I say that my rating system is based on my OWN enjoyment of a book. What's good for one may not be as good for the next reader. Maybe it's because most memoirs (with exceptions, most notably "All Souls") all feel to me as though the person narrating is not actually the person who lived that life (in this case, with ghost writers, it's true).
You can read a bit for yourself:
Soon as it was over, Muh'Dear pulled me aside. "Don't you ever speak out against family, Meechee." She looked me in my eyes and said, "Friends come and go but your family is forever, You don't go against your family, no matter what."
"Remember me?" I asked, tapping her on the shoulder. From the look on her face, I didn't think she did. But it didn't matter. I knew who she was and as I threw the first punch I let her know who I was. I was Daff's wife.
I could and would be the queen of anything I set my mind to.
Book Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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