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Long road outta Compton : Dr. Dre's mom on family, fame, and terrible tragedy

Author: Verna Griffin
Publisher: [Cambridge, MA] : Da Capo Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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This is the story of Verna Griffin. A woman who gave birth to five children, losing two in infancy and one to gangland violence. Her surviving son is one of the most famous men in the world, and her daughter is a homemaker with children of her own. From Verna's turbulent childhood to her failed marriages and the problems that came along with Dre's fame, she has grown a thick skin and learned to overcome life's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Verna Griffin; Dr Dre
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Verna Griffin
ISBN: 9781560259879 1560259876
OCLC Number: 148917169
Notes: Published in a shorter form as Privileged to live : a mother's story of survival. Los Angeles : Milligan Books, ©2005.
Description: x, 210 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Verna Griffin.
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This is the story of Verna Griffin. A woman who gave birth to five children, losing two in infancy and one to gangland violence. Her surviving son is one of the most famous men in the world, and her daughter is a homemaker with children of her own. From Verna's turbulent childhood to her failed marriages and the problems that came along with Dre's fame, she has grown a thick skin and learned to overcome life's obstacles. As Verna struggled to give her children a safe and happy home amid the gangs and violence that made up South Central Los Angeles, she also searched for a good man to love her. She hit brick walls several times while trying to reach these goals. During Verna's personal struggles she felt lost and desperately fought to find her purpose in the world. With the invaluable support from her tight-knit family and the gradual recognition of her great self-worth, Verna has persevered. This is a tale of a woman who faced constant battles head-on, who learned to transform failure into triumph, and whose inspirational story is one for us all.

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