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Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child Aaliyah was an angel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christopher John Farley, a graduate of Harvard University, is the music critic for Time magazine, and interviewed Aaliyah shortly before the accident that claimed her life. He is also the author of the novel My Favorite War. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books (July 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476754659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476754659
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C.J. Farley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Brockport, N.Y., and graduated from Harvard University, though not necessarily in that order. He is the author of the novels "Game World," "Kingston By Starlight," and "My Favorite War," and the nonfiction books "Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley" and "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman," which was the basis for the Lifetime TV movie "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B." Farley co-wrote and co-edited the book "The Blues" (Harper Collins) the companion volume to Martin Scorsese's PBS documentary series and his work on that project has allowed him to justifiably drop Scorsese's name into biographies like this one ever since. Farley's short fiction has been featured in a number of anthologies including "The Vintage Book of War Fiction," a survey of the best war stories of the last 100 years, and "Kingston Noir," a short story collection that came out in 2012. Farley was the consulting producer on the acclaimed HBO documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," but now wishes he had just taken a writing credit because nobody quite understands what a consulting producer does. Farley is a former editor on the staff of the Harvard Lampoon and he deeply regrets any unfunny pranks he may have pulled in his college years.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Rouse on December 5, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this in one day; it's an easy read, and still feeling the loss over Aaliyah that I do, I had no desire to put it down. Farley (obviously being a TIME writer) does a very nice job here. He gives background, not just on Aaliyah but on a good deal of music history that influenced Aaliyah and her generation. There is not a great deal in here that fans have not read in newspapers or heard on MTV and the like, but what Farley does do is offer a point for fans to begin healing. Farley offers at a point in the book, Why Aaliyah? What is the meaning behind it? I honed in on this because I can't count how many times I questioned God on this. He writes, "What is the answer to the riddle of tragedy... Simply by caring, by connecting emotionally to [this] event we give [it] meaning. In other words, the search for meaning itself can be meaningless. We create the meaning ourselves; what we take from such experiences is entirely in our own hands."
Farley clearly had a deep respect and like for Aaliyah and it shows. This is a very intelligently and thoughtfully written piece. I did learn a few new things, which I was happy about. Aaliyah, as Farley states, will never become a has-been, some aging soul star doing jigs onstage with the likes of a Justin Timberlake type. (I like Timberlake, but the point is well made.) Aaliyah is forever perfect; God never gave her an opportunity to mess up, to wrinkle, to be forgotten. He really exhalted her higher than she would have ever been down here on earth, where us carnal folk revel in the screw ups of those famous and privledged few. She is forever beautiful, talented and respected. Her spirit will always be gentle, her smile always bright. Farley, thanks for taking the time to do this, I appreciate it and I know Aaliyah's fans will too. It means a lot to know you cared enough to help us understand this wonderful young woman a little bit more. To Aaliyah's family, I am always praying for you! She was the best!!!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A 12-year old reader on January 11, 2002
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I think all r&b music fans can agree that aaliyahs death was a tradegy. She will be greatly missed. It was obvious there would be plenty of tributes and books for her. The first and best aaliyah book is More than a woman by Christopher John Farley. Wonderfully written and put together. Great pictures too. Only thing is the cursing here and there not a major problem but MF word comes up a few times. But simply a fantastic book. I learned some things i never knew.You will basicly learn about her life her music movies friends family and even about the music industry in general. The perfect book for the ultimate aaliyah fan.
RIP
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By chekia on July 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay,I am a Aalyiah fan, and I am a person who loves to read. So when this book came out I ran to get it. I would not recommend this book to anyone who has cable or internet access. The information in this book was stuff that I could see on E's true hollywood story or VH1's behind the music or visiting a website. This book did not offer anything we already didn't know about Aaliyah. So if you have cable or internet, don't get it. It was rushed and hurried. I think the person who wrote the book was looking for a quick dollar. If a book is going to come out, it should be written or influenced by those who KNEW her.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Buddhaful on December 10, 2001
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First off I want to say that I know the devastation that's being felt right now with the loss of Aaliyah. As a music inspiration, Aaliyah showed the world what she had to offer. Her music, her talent, HER SOUL. She was a truly beautiful woman.
This book was a great griefing method for me to accept what happend. It was written very insightfully. It talked about her career in both acting and music, her family, friends, and fans, and just the way Aaliyah touched us on this earth.
Easily said, this book was just what an Aaliyah fan would like. As one myself, the book touched me deeply. Aaliyah's spirit and soul will live on forever. God Bless!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on January 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
it's cool that Christopher John Farley did this book.I've read His Work in Time Magazine&He is a Cool Writer.Aaliyah was something else.She was One of those People that Had that "IT".I think She&2Pac in the last 10 years had that kind of It that you can't teach.I didn't think He was a Great Rapper&I didn't find Her to Be a Great Singer but there Overall Presentation took things to a whole different level&you couldn't ignore how they vibed.Both to Me were Meant for the Big Screen.Aaliyah did so much from her time Here on earth.Music,Movies,Modeling&just being a Down Home kind of FOlk.CLassy&Yet Challenging.easy to Reach but also a Mystery.She was something else&Very Beautiful as a Person&The Vibe She Gave Off.R.I.P
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2002
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This book was amzing.It changed my life.When I first heared Aaliyah's voice I said to my self she is going to be a star.Even though I am only 13, I bought all three of her CD's twice. My favorite CD that she recorded would have to be her first one "Age Ani't Notin' But A Number" because I can relate to every song on that album.Just like I have A 14 yer old girl friend my mom and her dad are trying to keep us apart.But all age is , is a number.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luis Hernandez on December 7, 2002
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Produced mainly for the adolescent market, "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" by Christopher John Farley is a good biography on the life of the R&B singer who was tragically taken away in August 2001. As a paperback book, this book will make a great read during a trip or at the school library, however since it was released so quickly to the market shortly after her death, the book lacks the qualities you'll find in a longer, well-researched biography. It would have been much more enjoyable to read if Aaliyah's family and closest friends provided the author with anecdotes and/or memories about Aaliyah that would have made this biography feel more personal.
While it falls short on content, "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" is a good read for those who know little or nothing about this amazing young lady. If you're an avid Aaliyah fan, I would wait until there is a hardbound biography produced in collaboration with Aaliyah's family.
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