Monday, May 3, 2010

The First Time by Cher

This book was released in 1998, the same year Sonny Bono died in a tragic skiing accident in Lake Tahoe.  The last seven pages of the book, titled simply "Son", deal with his passing and the enormous hole it left in her life.

The book is written pretty much stream of consciousness, with Cher jumping around in her life recounting memories with not too much rhyme or reason.  The only theme tying it all together is the cue from the title--they were first moments.  There are pictures sprinkled liberally throughout, both black and white and color, and Cher's distinctive personality shines through on every page.

She covers her early life firsts, her first marriage to Sonny, first divorce (from Sonny), first child ("The first angel that called her Mom", Chastity), her first bad boy (Gregg Allman), etc.

These are the events that shaped Cher's life, a life lived entirely in the spotlight from the age of 16, when she first met Sonny Bono.  It is a completely honest book about a sometimes outrageous lady.  A fun read.

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