Remembering Whitney: A Mother's Story of Life, Loss and the Night the Music Stopped (Anglais) Broché – 13 février 2014
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Contemplative and private, Cissy Houston has said little publicly about her daughter Whitney′s tragically early death. She hasn′t spoken to the press about the funny, warm memories from her daughter′s childhood or the lovely, quiet moments the two shared as Whitney became a woman-much less the trying and troubling times when Cissy and her family tried to save the superstar′s life while it careened out of control.
Now, for the first time, Cissy will tell the unabridged and unbelievable story of her daughter′s life as well as her own, addressing Whitney′s brightest and darkest moments while helping fans around the world understand the complexities of this extraordinary star who died much too young. A legendary gospel singer in her own right, Cissy shows how the lessons from her musical journey helped to shape Whitney′s career-from teaching Whitney to use her voice, to witnessing Whitney′s first experiences in the music business, to keeping her daughter level-headed throughout her meteoric rise to fame.
However, Cissy does not shy away from the difficult realities of her daughter′s life.
Offering an insider′s perspective unlike any other, she sets the record straight about Whitney, exploring both her turbulent marriage and her misunderstood struggles with drug abuse with a candor, honesty, and respect that have long been missing accounts of Whitney′s life. Ultimately, Cissy goes behind the tabloid headlines to show the true, human side of this strong, successful, yet flawed musical icon, capturing the dramatic depths and soaring range of an extraordinary woman, along with the pain and heartbreak of a grieving mother as she struggles with an impossible loss.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché.
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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.
My take-away from this book, is to never take anything for granted. To always search myself -- whether happy, angry, frustrated, whatever, and make sure, that before I leave a conversation or encounter, that I can be comfortable walking away if this were my last opportunity to engage with this individual. What I say later or write later -- after they have passed, is not something that will change past history. This book was helpful to me, and I did enjoy the photos throughout.
Many reviewers here have mentioned that they wanted to read more about Whitney's personal life and struggles. But to me, how would her mother have known of the day to day struggles her grown daughter was facing? If you're on the fence about reading this book, approach it knowing that this is truly a mother's perspective. If you've ever had an addict in your life, the people they want furthest from them are those they love and are afraid of disappointing. In Whitney's later years, as Cissy pointed out, she didn't want her mom to see her "that way" and she knew her mother would stop at nothing to get her the help she needed.
When I finished this book, I wept so hard. Not just because of Cissy's story, but as a mother in general. I loved this book and I'm so glad I purchased it instead of checking it out at the library.
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