Queen of the Blues: The Life and Times of Bessie Smith
by Jennifer Warner
Nicknamed the Queen of the Blues, Bessie Smith rose up from poverty in the American South to become one of the most famous and respected recording artists of her generation. Smith was at the forefront of transitioning blues music from a rural novelty to a legitimate art form that critics and audiences took seriously.
Behind the scenes of her success, though, Bessie navigated a story family and p