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Blame It on Vanity Hardcover – February, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1878898227 ISBN-10: 1878898221 Edition: Revised & enlarged

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: denise matthews pure heart ministry; Revised & enlarged edition (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878898221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878898227
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book tells that story but in a careful, almost poetic manner.
David Ahlstrom
Evangelist Denise Matthews was very creative in her book "Blame It On Vanity" she clearly gave the readers veiw into her up bringing and her passion for life.
ebony pointer
Book had me in tears many times and I truly feel that I know Denise more.
MPMarrero

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tiger Lily on March 11, 2011
I'll start off this review by saying Denise Matthews is the epitome of beauty in my opinion. And I don't just mean her flesh, I mean her heart. You can tell by the way she writes in her book and in the way she speaks in interviews. It saddens me when I hear people saying she hasn't aged well or that she's crazy. I always wonder if they are seeing the same Denise Matthews as I.

Anyway, "Blame it on Vanity" is a good insight into Denise Matthews' past life as 'Vanity' and present life as her true self. The description of her family's past and her childhood will help readers understand where Matthews was coming from and what led her to her tumultuous stint in Hollywood. I think readers will find this to be the most captivating part of the memoir. Unfortunately, the part people were most interested in, her actual experiences in Hollywood, isn't as detailed. In a way, this is good. Some things aren't meant to be shared. But I do feel like more could have been revealed. I'm not saying all the intimate details with Prince or any of her other relationships. I'm saying more information could have been given about what was going on in her mind. However, I still think people will be fairly satisfied with the outcome. Of course, the book is concluded with sharing her knowledge of Jesus. A nonbeliever may feel uncomfortable with this but it definitely shouldn't turn anyone away, unless you are very close-minded about others' beliefs.

As much as I enjoyed the book, it fell short in numerous ways. First off, the text throughout the whole book is in cursive. Even the most experienced reader will have problems with this. For future readers, be warned. In my opinion, it should have been written in a simpler font with only certain pages in cursive.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Ahlstrom on December 3, 2011
Denise Matthews has written an excellent autobiography entitled Blame it on Vanity. The book is appealingly written, fully illustrated with photos and Ms. Matthews' artwork, and beautifully composed; readers will be very happy with the detail and care that went into each page of the book. No bit of space is wasted in this book: pictures, colors, artwork, poetry, and prose all combine to tell an inspiring story of a successful showbusiness career, a very difficult and painful slide from that pinnacle, and subsequent redemption. That said, the book is somewhat different from the more typical "Hollywood biography" or from most books, for that matter. Readers will notice the differences right away in the stylish design of the book and its cursive and colorful fonts. Each chapter functions almost as a letter to the reader - sometimes cautionary, sometimes emotional, often cheerful or hopeful. Blame it on Vanity is a book that should be read slowly and carefully; there is so much to learn from each page.
Many readers will remember Ms. Matthews more by her former stage name, Vanity, hence the title of the book. In the 1980s, Ms. Matthews rose to the top of her profession as the singer and actress Vanity. In the process, she worked with many of the top people in her field and maintained a persona linked closely to her stage personality in the wild pop culture of the 1980s. The book tells that story but in a careful, almost poetic manner. Ms. Matthews takes such care in telling her story that the reader will sometimes have to pause and reread a passage to catch its fuller meaning. She is very respectful to the people in her lives -- this is no kiss and tell book. Indeed many of the well-known actors or singers that were part of her life go unnamed (though those familiar with Ms.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By doesnt really matter on June 14, 2012
Okay.... So I had to do a review for this book, because I have read so many different reviews about it, and no one really gives a good detailed review for it for those who are on the fence of buying it, as was i.

okay. if you are vanity 6/ denise matthews fan, then this book is excellent to have in your collection and to read. if you're thinking of buying the book expecting to see some juicy details of her life, sexcapades, drug use etc, then this is not the book for you...

she talks of her child hood, briefly talks about her life as Vanity, and then it goes into how she gave her life over to christ and let all the fame and fortune go to do the Lords work.

She is in a happier place as of now. which is great! i'm happy for her.

There are many pros as there are cons as well about the book.

a couple of cons...

describing her child hood is so vivid! she goes deep into detail, tells different stories and just has SO much to say about it, but when it's time to talk about her music/acting career, she leaves so much to the imagination. There are no stories of what it was like to be with the girls, to travel the world or anything. NONE of that at all. No stories about recording the 3 albums or on set stories while filming. It's all a blur when she talks about her career, and it's quick, kinda like she doesn't want to dwell on it and remember it at all. Which kinda sucked because I'm an avid Vanity fan and thats what I wanted, i didn't really care so much about the scandal of her story, i just wanted to read some good behind the scenes stories.
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