“Folks are drawn to Mom’s humility, wisdom, and spirituality.” –Robin Roberts
My Story, My Song is the heartwarming memoir of 88-year-old Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, mother of Good Morning America’s coanchor Robin Roberts. For all of her long life, Lucimarian Roberts has relied on her faith in God. This book brings together pivotal moments of her intriguing life with personal reflections from her daughter Robin.
THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK
Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to work alongside Lucimarian Roberts on this book about the most meaningful stories of her life. She graciously invited me to sit with her in the living room of her Mississippi home to ask questions and listen for hours at a stretch. As she reminisced over vintage photographs and the people who graced her life, I remember thinking that her family and friends had become very real to me. I feel privileged to share the stories of Lucimarian Roberts as she looks back across time to see the hand of God at work in her life.
Missy Buchanan is an award-winning author, speaker, and nationally recognized expert on aging and faith. In addition to appearing on Good Morning America, she has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows. Her writing has been published by Dallas Morning News and Good Morning America–Weekly Inspirations. For more information on Missy Buchanan, visit www.missybuchanan.com.
“This book is a beam of light, just like the author herself. So much hope and healing and a song to lift up every heart. In these pages, the wonderful Robin Roberts and her mother have a conversation that will make every mother and daughter smile. And I promise you, if there is ever an eclipse of the sun, no one will notice it if Lucimarian is around. She brings all things bright and beautiful into the room.”
–Diane Sawyer, Emmy Award-winning journalist
“Being the daughter of a phenomenal mother, I know Robin Roberts became who she is because she is the daughter of Lucimarian Roberts. This book, My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith, must be read by every woman who wants to raise a daring daughter who dares to face life fully with enthusiasm and an adventurous spirit.”
–Dr. Maya Angelou, poet and best-selling author
“I have always believed in the power of music, and when you put that together with a good story I am hooked! Thank you to Lucimarian Roberts for sharing her life’s journey with us. And, oh, what a story—growing up with an alcoholic father, dealing with racial prejudice, raising four children, and married for fifty-seven years to a Tuskegee Airman! This story is an inspiring and poignant example of what really matters in life.”
–Gayle King, editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine
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My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith
Lucimarian Roberts as told to Missy Buchanan, with reflections by Robin Roberts. Upper Room, $18 (144p) 978-0-8358-1107-1
Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts and her mother, Lucimarian Roberts, encapsulate resilience, faith and generations of joy in this slim and inspirational volume. Eighty-seven-year-old Lucimarian reflects concisely on a life buoyed by her deep love of music, as well as her commitment to her faith and civic service. The same musicality that steadied her as a young woman growing up in the segregated South, then marrying her husband of 53 years (who was a Tuskegee Airman), informs her descriptions of life traveling all over the world before making a home that was eventually imperiled by Hurricane Katrina. Excerpts of biblical passages and lyrics from her favorite spirituals add a devotional quality to the main narrative that is both endearing and uplifting. That the health challenges of both Roberts women are not addressed until late in the book underscores the main theme of the book: that victories surmount despair. The stories from journalist Robin about her mother add a sweet and conversational tone to the book. (Apr.)
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