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Blues legend's daughter hopes to turn memoir into movie

Blues legend's daughter hopes to turn memoir into movie

Much like the blues, a genre of music she's all too familiar with, Denise Baker's life has been a dichotomy of hope and sadness. There's the realization of a dream that began in childhood, when a little girl obsessed with hair decided that she'd grow up to be a hairstylist to the stars. And there's the dark story of a biracial kid growing up in the 1960s on the South Side of Chicago — poor and on the run from discrimination and physical and sexual abuse and the demons that tend to follow. For Baker, "Living in the House of Blues" (Trafford Publishing) is both a joyful and sorrowful memoir, equal parts humor and horror, all of it open,...

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