In “That’s What Friends Are For: On The Women Who Inspired Me,” Patrick Riley celebrates women and his 30-year career in journalism. Inspiration for the book came from the celebrity women that Riley has had contact with throughout his decades-long career in the entertainment industry along with his publisher.
“This book has allowed me to unpack a narrative that further fleshes out my layers … and I think people will connect to that,” Riley said. “I want kids to know that their childhood dreams, crushes, fantasies are not to be dismissed by society, our families or ourselves. My life’s testimonial proves that a little black boy who was different than other boys and wasn’t so sure he’d ever be ‘accepted’ for his true self in the world can.”
In each chapter, Riley shares his story, biographical information about the celebrities, as well as commentary about his experiences with them. Those featured are women whom he has a real admiration and appreciation for. Women spotlighted include Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, Aretha Franklin, Michelle Obama, Janet Jackson, Keke Wyatt and many more.
The book is part memoir, part art culture, and part photojournalism, giving it the capacity to reach a broad audience. Riley wants readers of his book to know that their lives can get better with “focus, staying the course and maintaining a connection to your authenticity.”
In addition to being an author, Riley works as an entertainment journalist and producer to the stars. He is based in New York City. To learn more about the author, visit him online at dorpiebooks.com.
“That’s What Friends Are For: On the Women Who inspired Me” is now available for pre-order for $35 on dorpiebooks.com. Pre-orders will ship the week of Mother’s Day.