Next month, Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole will open up about her two-year battle with a life-threatening illness in a new memoir ‘Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain.’
In 2008, Cole revealed that she had also been diagnosed with hepatitis C and she has also suffered from kidney disease.
The Simon & Schuster tome, co-written by David Ritz, follows the 60 year-old Los Angeles native through a successful kidney transplant the day her beloved sister passed away. She also offers the story of her kidney donor in the book.
Since making her musical debut in 1975, Cole has earned countless chart-topping singles including ‘This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)’ and ‘I’ve Got Love on My Mind.’ But, amidst all of her celebrity, she battled heroin and cocaine addictions and several unsuccessful stints in rehab.
Cole documented her battle with drugs through the years in her 2000 autobiography ‘Angel on My Shoulder,’ which was made into an NBC made-for-television movie ‘The Natalie Cole Story,’ which aired the same year.
But, ‘Love Brought Me Back’ will focus more on her memories of her legendary father Nat ‘King’ Cole, as well as encounters with some of the big-name singers that influenced her the most, like Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Sammy Davis, Jr., in addition to her more recent health problems.
According to her publisher, it will highlight “her sometimes turbulent life experiences” as well as her “strong religious faith, positive attitude, an impassioned belief in the value of friends, and a reliance on the sustaining power of love.”
‘Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain’ will be released on Nov.9.