The Philosopher's Daughter, a memoir

The Philosopher's Daughter, a memoir

by Jennifer Stace


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Jennifer was not an academic like her philosopher father. She danced and sang and painted and spent her college years at jazz clubs. Her father had been a rebel in his youth--a poet-- at the end of a long line of military men. He fell in love with words and reason; Jennifer fell in love with theater and dance.
In Hollywood she taught stars like Cher, and worked as a team with her son Michael, a gifted piano man and recording artist. Suddenly life took a devastating turn, choices were made. Jennifer witnessed and recorded her son's year behind bars awaiting trial for attempted murder. During the weeks before his death, she began to write this memoir.
Today, she lives atop a hill overlooking the Pacific with horses, dogs, cats, chickens' and a big red rooster who crows all night long. Her life is full of surprises--peaceful and extraordinary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494761721
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Stace was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of a Sri Lankan immigrant and an Englishman, Walter T. Stace, the well-known Princeton philosopher, author, poet and scholar. She became a professional dancer specializing in Latin rhythms studying with Tito Puente's backup dancer, Nina Sominago and was the featured mambo dancer in the PJ&B Players "Guys and Dolls" (McCarter Theater). She trained at the Arthur Murray Studios in Miami, Seattle and San Jose, California to become a first-rate ballroom instructor. During the seventies and eighties she built a career in Los Angeles as one of the most renowned disco teachers and choreographers at Roland Dupree's in Hollywood. She created, choreographed and directed the ground breaking L. A. Knockers, an avant-guard musical comedy dance troop. They had a twelve year run, performing throughout Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Canada and Japan appearing in film and television.
Retiring to a small town in Baja California in the late 80's she has been writing her memoir while still teaching Latin dance to enthusiastic retirees. She had a short story published in 1994 in a Canadian Horse Magazine.

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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite In this spell-binding, electrically charged and heart-breaking memoir, The Philosopher’s Daughter, Jennifer Stace tells one of the most unbelievable, unforgettable stories a reader may ever have the privilege to encounter – the tale of an improbable, eccentric, ecstatic, tragic and incredible life, filled with cameos from the notoriously famous, beginning with the poet W.B. Yeats, intellectuals like Bertrand Russell, a minor genius known as Albert Einstein – segueing to entertainers like Cher, Bette Midler, and Robin Williams, along with a host of other famous artists, musicians, and dancers, and appropriately capping off this impressive list with dramatic ferocity: a spectacular performance by the 1994 L.A. Northridge earthquake. Although one might surmise that this must be yet another celebrity autobiography and gossipy tell-all, The Philosopher’s Daughter is not even minimally a tale of the rich and famous. This is about a real human life, brutal and raw, intermixed with relationships both precious and defiled, filled with an agonizing trajectory of pitfalls and defeats, wrong turns taken with commensurate, dreadful consequences, too many deaths and farewells, especially of her most precious child, Michael, lived by a rabidly independent woman too bent on living life her way to know why she does what she does, or why she makes such devastating choices. Until she finds herself alone at eighty, living atop a hill in Baja, California, taking an overdue lifetime moment to sit quietly, to remember, and finally to reflect – all gloriously profound qualities bequeathed to her by her highly regarded philosopher father with a poet’s heart, Professor Walter T. Stace. Ms. Stace makes no apologies for her life, nor should she. If anything, she teaches us how a life should be lived, not necessarily according to rules, plans, or expectations, but simply how to live one’s life fully, emotionally engaged, and always true to one’s own nature. Obviously, as she so superbly demonstrates and reveals in this volatile and gripping memoir, this is not a prescription for happiness as such. It is, however, the only way to garner meaning and possibly to end one’s life with very few regrets.