Bits and Pieces Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

My Mother, My Brother, and Me

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Publisher Description

From multi-award winner Whoopi Goldberg comes a new and unique memoir of her family and their influence on her early life.

If it weren’t for Emma Johnson, Caryn Johnson would have never become Whoopi Goldberg. Emma gave her children the loving care and wisdom they needed to succeed in life, always encouraging them to be true to themselves. When Whoopi lost her mother in 2010—and then her older brother, Clyde, five years later—she felt deeply alone; the only people who truly knew her were gone.

Emma raised her children not just to survive, but to thrive. In this intimate and heartfelt memoir, Whoopi shares many of the deeply personal stories of their lives together for the first time. Growing up in the projects in New York City, there were trips to Coney Island, the Ice Capades, and museums, and every Christmas was a magical experience. To this day, she doesn’t know how her mother was able to give them such an enriching childhood, despite the struggles they faced—and it wasn’t until she was well into adulthood that Whoopi learned just how traumatic some of those struggles were.

Fans of personal memoirs such as Finding Me by Viola Davis and In Pieces by Sally Field will be touched by Bits and Pieces: a moving tribute from a daughter to her mother, and beautiful portrait of three people who loved each other deeply. Whoopi writes, “Not everybody gets to walk this earth with folks who let you be exactly who you are and who give you the confidence to become exactly who you want to be. So, I thought I’d share mine with you.”

Biographies & Memoirs
May 7
Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Nanciiiy ,


I loved the way that I identified with her relationship with her mother. And she gave me a lot to think about concerning my mom! I will ALWAYS grieve for my mother but didn’t grieve for a long time. I just felt lost and I still do….

ellensueh ,

Bits and Pieces

Whoopie has written a truly amazing book about her life with and without her Mom and brother. She had truly magical years from childhood to adulthood. It was inspiring , funny and sad. I remember many places she and her family shared in her formative years. I am of her generation and a New we share more than a few images. She is an extremely talented woman whom I greatly admire. Thank you Whoopie for a wonderful, heart warming book that had me in tears at the end. Miss my Mom so much TOO
A joy to read!!!

RogueIV ,

Beautifully written!

Whoopi nails this one. When it comes to dealing with the loss of a mother, Whoopi got it on point. I lost my mother 9 years ago and everything she says rings true. From the grief and pain to remembering to laugh to honor their lives. I loved all the stories & memories she has of her mother. I love her attitude to just live life on her own terms. Great read!

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