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The Meaning of Mariah Carey Paperback – 29 September 2020
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It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it's been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview. And even then, my words were filtered through someone else's lens, largely satisfying someone else's assignment to define me.
This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side.
Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit.
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A perfectly pitched modern pop autobiography, addressing tough, timely issues of racism, sexism, power and trauma with humanity and candour . . . With The Meaning of Mariah Carey, she proves once again that she is what she has always wanted to be: a class act ― Sunday Times
Blistering ― Daily Mail
It is all quite wonderful ― The Times
Carey’s memoir is an incisive, entertaining, and impressively well-written account of her road from poverty and obscurity to superstardom ― New Yorker
Mariah Carey’s memoir is her best performance yet ― Los Angeles Times
The Meaning of Mariah Carey is an instant classic of pop diva lit ― Rolling Stone
Page-turning . . . A wholly entertaining tale of a woman who made a harmony out of the discordant elements of her life -- Time magazine
Mariah Carey’s new book makes it official: We are in the golden age of the celebrity memoir ― New York Post
- Publisher : Macmillan (29 September 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529038960
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529038965
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3 x 23.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's so poorly written and constructed, I can only convey how frustrating a read this is, by saying (spoiler) Mariah reveals that, at age 12, she narrowly escaped being sold into prostitution. That's a harrowing chapter. Next chapter, her biggest problem is no-one ever styled her hair.
To Mariah's credit, the preface states time jumps will occur. The problem is, it comes at the cost of a cohesive narrative structure.
Save your money and read her Wiki pages. This is a huge let down. If the book improves, this opening quarter gives no indication that will occur.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 September 2020
This is unique to all other autobiographies, in that Ms Carey has a beautiful, illustrative penchant for writing— something almost all “celebrities” do not have. This memoir is unlike any other "celebrity autobiography". It is a beautiful, poignant, illustrious piece of literary art, delving into the complexities of society and being human. Mariah Carey, being the greatest songwriter of all time, is by no surprise an excellent storyteller – she exhibits an effortless literary prowess. Her writing and literary artistry, are gorgeously and gloriously enchanting. Her words are lyrical, flowing effortlessly yet meticulously beautiful, smooth like butter, melodic, poignant, illustrious. It’s autobiographical non-fiction but written so picturesquely, savouring, deconstructing, and animating moments from the past. I laughed and cried whilst reading this book. I feel empowered. I am in awe of Ms Carey’s strength. I feel her power.
Thank you, Mariah, for this incredible piece of literature and for sharing your talent with the world. This is an important and extraordinary memoir that everyone should read.