Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

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Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

Format:  Hardcover,

297 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jan 2013

ISBN-13: 9780062238399

ISBN-10: 0062238396

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Honest and heartbreaking, a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all--her daughter, Whitney

On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Glamorous and approachable, captivating and sweet, Whitney had long ago won the hearts of America, but in recent years her tumultuous personal life had grabbed as many headlines as her soaring vocal talents. Her sudden death left behind not only a legacy of brilliance, but also painful questions with no easy answers.

Now, for the first time, the beloved superstar's mother, Cissy Houston--a gospel legend in her own right--relates the full, astonishing scope of the pop icon's life and career. From Whitney's earliest days singing in the church choir to her rapid ascent to the pinnacles of music stardom, from her string of number one hits to her topping the Hollywood box office, Cissy recounts her daughter's journey to becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of all time. Setting the record straight, Cissy also speaks candidly about Whitney's struggles in the limelight, revealing the truth about her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, her public attempts to regain her celebrated voice, and the battle with drugs that ultimately proved too much.

In this poignant and tender tribute to her "Nippy," Cissy summons all her strength to reveal not only Whitney the superstar, but also Whitney as a sweet girl, a bright-eyed young woman, and a deeply caring mother. Complete with never-before-seen family photographs, Remembering Whitney is an intimate, heartfelt portrait of one of our most revered artists, from the woman who cherished her most.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jan 2013
ISBN-13: 9780062238399
ISBN-10: 0062238396
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 297
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.26
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.25

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2013-05-10)

Whitney Houston may have belonged to the world, but "Nippy" belonged to her mother. Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Houston, with coauthor Dickey (Happy Accidents), writes of the joy of discovering and nurturing her daughter's talents and the sorrow and anger accompanying her premature death. Starting with her own fascinating career, Houston discusses how she revolutionized the background singing industry working with Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, and others. Her life changed with Nippy's birth, and when 12-year-old Whitney decided she wants to sing professionally, Houston helped guide her daughter's career, which included modeling and acting.

Houston talks about her efforts to warn her daughter of the dangers of the music industry and to keep her grounded, especially in faith, but this fiercely protective mother could only do so much. Whitney's career is celebrated, and her close relationship with her family is on display, both in text and in accompanying photos.

Verdict: Whitney Houston was a mega star and fans will appreciate this honest, dignified, yet emotional account of her life from her mother. Those looking for lurid details, especially about Whitney's relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, will be disappointed by her mother's high-road approach. With photos, an index, and a discography for mother and daughter, this book is highly recommended.

-Terry Bosky, Madison, WI

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2012-11-01)

"The world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman", says Houston of daughter Whitney's death in February 2012. Cissy offers a forthright account of her daughter's life and death.

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Honest and heartbreaking, a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all—her daughter, Whitney

On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Glamorous and approachable, captivating and sweet, Whitney had long ago won the hearts of America, but in recent years her tumultuous personal life had grabbed as many headlines as her soaring vocal talents. Her sudden death left behind not only a legacy of brilliance, but also painful questions with no easy answers.

Now, for the first time, the beloved superstar's mother, Cissy Houston—a gospel legend in her own right—relates the full, astonishing scope of the pop icon's life and career. From Whitney's earliest days singing in the church choir to her rapid ascent to the pinnacles of music stardom, from her string of number one hits to her topping the Hollywood box office, Cissy recounts her daughter's journey to becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of all time.

Setting the record straight, Cissy also speaks candidly about Whitney's struggles in the limelight, revealing the truth about her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, her public attempts to regain her celebrated voice, and the battle with drugs that ultimately proved too much.

In this poignant and tender tribute to her "Nippy", Cissy summons all her strength to reveal not only Whitney the superstar, but also Whitney as a sweet girl, a bright-eyed young woman, and a deeply caring mother. Complete with never-before-seen family photographs, Remembering Whitney is an intimate, heartfelt portrait of one of our most revered artists, from the woman who cherished her most.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5★ by 5reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5★ by More About Cissy Than Whitney So I purchased Remembering Whitney as I consider myself to be a true Whitney Houston fan and wanted to read about my favorite singer's life. I have read about 7 chapters but so far it seems to be a biography of her mom, Cissy. Nothing against Cissy but I was looking forward to hearing about the life of the greatest female singer of all time. Very disappointed so far. Hope it starts to focus more on Whitney. 02/06/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by I just received my book a few days ago I love it. 02/12/2013
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