Books: Where the Blues Begin

His EYE Is ON THE SPARROW (278 pp.) —Ethel Waters, with Charles Samuels—Doubleday ($3).

"I never was a child.

"I never was coddled, or liked, or understood by my family.

"I never felt I belonged.

"I was always an outsider.

"I was born out of wedlock, but that had nothing to do with all this. To people like mine, a thing like that just didn't mean much.

"Nobody brought me up."

So begins His Eye Is on the Sparrow, the autobiography of Singer-Actress Ethel Waters. It is surely one of the frankest self-revelations ever to see print, a combination of depressing sordidness and one proud Negro's piled-up resentment...

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