Remembering Whitney: A Mother's Story of Love, Loss and the Night the Music Died (Anglais) Relié – 31 janvier 2013
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The definitive account of Whitney Houston’s astonishing life, ground-breaking career, and tragic death — complete with never-before-seen photographs — from the only one who truly knows the story behind the headlines: her mother, Cissy Houston.
Cissy has said little publicly about Whitney’s heart-breaking death. Now, for the first time, she opens up and shares the unbelievable story of her daughter’s life, as well as her own, and addresses Whitney’s brightest and darkest moments.
A legendary Grammy Award–winning gospel singer in her own right, Cissy Houston shows how the lessons from her own musical journey helped to shape Whitney’s career — from teaching Whitney to use her voice, to keeping her level-headed throughout her meteoric rise to fame.
With candor and respect, she sets the record straight about Whitney, exploring both her turbulent marriage and her misunderstood struggles with drug abuse. Cissy goes behind the tabloid headlines to show fans around the world the true, human side of a strong, successful — yet flawed — musical icon who died much too young.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .
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What I did not like: Cissy consistently describes herself as strong, tough and Whitney as... well, basically the opposite. I didn't think that was fair. In fact, if I were Whitney reading this from heaven, that would really piss me off. Cissy talked about how Whitney didn't really go through anything as a kid. Yes, she did. She was bullied - actually quite badly and often! Cissy talks about Whitney's brothers stepping in when a group of kids were gathered outside their home waiting to beat Whitney up - one of Whitney's brothers basically said - "Whitney will fight any one of you, but if you win, I will kick your ass." Cissy talks about these displays of family support as coddling, enabling behaviors that didn't help Whitney grow strong. I don't know if she thinks the family should've ignored what Whitney was going through. Any way you look at it, the insight she has into the past is minimal.
The truth is Cissy didn't know how to be there for Whitney emotionally and she didn't know what healthy family support looked like. Whitney learned when she was being bullied not to go to her mom with her problems. Cissy's own upbringing never included anyone asking her how she felt...about her mother's stroke, and then her death, her dad's remarriage...quite probably every other event in the Huston family. Her saving grace was God's intervention on her life.
Whitney did not need her mom to die at a young age like Cissy's did to learn strength. You don't need to be poor growing up or have a unlikeable stepmom to learn how to be strong. No, Whitney needed to be taught how to talk about her pain. she needed to be taught how to handle pain and work through tough circumstances. Whitney did not die because she was coddled or didn't experience enough tragedy to become strong. The sad outcome may have been the same for Whitney even if her family knew how to support her. But If anything - her early death came as a result of denial and avoidance patterns in the family system.
Sadly, one of the biggest stressors Whitney experienced right before leaving home was her parents' constant shouting matches. From Cissy's own words, Whitney was very distressed about their fighting and ultimately, her dad moving out. Cissy and John put their marital strife in full display, but Cissy makes it clear she never talked about what was going on with Whitney because her marriage was "her business." So you can yell and fight in front of her, but you can't have an adult conversation with her about the tension and pain going on in the home... because THAT is private?! This is where Whitney learned her destructive emotional habits! When I read Cissy saying Whitney never went through anything hard, I say Cissy never knew Whitney then. Whitney's life tells a very different story.
Cissy's love for her daughter was the love of a mother - the unconditional kind. But she didn't know how to be there for Whitney and she never figured it out.
by Cissy Houston was just an ok book. It is very difficult to write a review about a book on somethng so devastingly personal. I love Whitney and her performance.
A huge portion of this book is about Cissy Houston from her childhood life, singing career, courtship and marriage, to places she traveled.
From the title you would expect the book to be about her mother remembering Whitney. The book should have been about Whitney, not Cissy.
Cissy even when as far as listing all her songs in the book. I wasn't looking for the rumors or drug use to be in the book , but I did think the book would have talked about all of Whitney's childhood to all of the good things Whitney did that most people dont know, not Cissy's.
The title should have been Cissy Life Story.
The book tricks readers with the title.
While reading this book I had to stop and reread the title to make sure it was named - Remembering Whitney instead of Remembering Cissy. I understand giving readers a short peek into her (Cissy) background, but the peek she gave was too long in my opinion.
If you are waiting for any BIG revelations - Keep waiting because you won't read it here. Cissy did mention Robyn Crawford, Whitney's best friend & rumored lover but it was only to say - She knew Whitney & Robin were close friends and that was all she knew.
(Insert Side Eye here *___________________*)
Also, she mentions she didn't care too much for Robyn, even though Robyn was the only one that informed her about Whitney's drug use. As for her feelings on Bobby Brown - He was okay but she didn't care for him either. As for the rest of the book - The information she did reveal were things I have already read in numerous magazines and heard in Interviews from Whitney herself.
I had always assumed Whitney & Cissy had a closer relationship than what was revealed in the book, but it goes to show you never know what goes on behind closed doors.
Overall, this was a good read, but I wish it was titled - "Cissy: My Story of Love, Loss, and The Music that continues to Live in Me". As a Whitney Houston fan I was expecting more, but I do understand as a parent you want to be very cautious about what you reveal to the public. On the Flipside... the question remains... Did Cissy name the book - "Remembering Whitney" because she knew it would sell more? Well, it is what it is.
Cissy Houston is strong. Cissy herself appears to have been a star in hiding and I believe that Whitney simply became the star that Cissy would have been if not for her Christian faith and a determination to stay with the church. Obviously this woman can sing! Why I give the book 4 stars, though, is because it was obvious that once her career took off, Whitney was not as close to her mother. Cisssy candidly admits that Whitney did not confide in her or discuss her personal issues with her. You can tell because Cissy is very vague when giving her account of Whitney's relationships, marriage and drug use seeming not to know much about anything that was going on with her and just giving the reader her "take" on the different media stories about her daughter without seeming to have been involved or being able to give a first-hand account of anything. This I found a bit disappointing, but at least she was honest.
The book is very very sad in some parts especially when she describes how she got the news of Whitney's death and how Michael broke down at the funeral home. I was boo-hoo crying over those parts.
I'm sure this book is very healing for Cissy Houston, however, and again it left me with a strong appreciation for her as a person and paticularly as a mother. You cannot help but feel her love for her daughter in this book.
I would love to see the other family members write books as they were also close to Whitney. Nevertheless, a recommended read.
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