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Monday, October 12, 2015

True You by Janet Jackson

Synopsis: A memoir of self-introspection, healing and remaining mentally, spiritually and physically fit.

Writing Style: First person, plain, simple, warm… straightforward

Pacing: Moderate.

Premise: Motivators that led Janet to the ‘True Her’.

Personal Highlights: Generally I wouldn’t include something like this, but in this case it’s warranted. The quality of the book jacket and the feel of the interior paperstock the text is printed on, in addition to the interior layout I couldn’t stop marveling over. Aside from that, which there was a lot to love about this book, was Janet’s overall tone… an expected given by her personality that shines through her music.

I deeply respected the way she explains growing up, particularly her relationship with her mother and father, and ‘Mike.’ The letters of affirmation coming from fans were heartwarming, and particularly empowering. It says a lot when your music affects individuals in the way these letters affirm. Control and Rhythm Nation were two of my favorite albums as well. The music speaks volumes to the underlying premise of her memoir. It as well seemed that Janet grew up sheltered, which she sort of did, but I didn’t realize how fast she’d grown up. I nearly fell out of the chair laughing, reading her talking about “people sniffing flour”.  Add all of this on top of the recipes inserted at the end of the book, along with her personal trainer's summary of methods for promoting physical wellness, puts this memoir over the top. From start to finish highly recommended!

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