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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781439147856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439147856
  • ASIN: 143914785X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir] doesn’t feel like an autobiography so much as a long, loud, deep interesting chat over coffee.” (Rollingstone)

"Lauper’s story echoes the hopes of a struggling artist portrayed in Patti Smith’s Just Kids. A moving story of an American musical original." (Kirkus Reviews)

"[Cyndi Lauper] was mouthy then and she’s mouthy now, and [...] when authority wags its stern finger in her face, she still responds with a finger." (The Washington Post)

About the Author

Cyndi Lauper has won a Grammy, two American Music Awards, an Emmy, three MTV Video Music Awards, and has been nominated for many more. She has sold more than thirty million albums globally and continues to tour around the world. An unwavering advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality, Cyndi created the True Colors Tour in 2007 and founded the True Colors Fund in 2008. Visit CyndiLauper.com. 

Jancee Dunn has written three books, including the rock memoir But Enough About Me. She writes for many publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

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I can see her talking just like in the book.
Bruce A. Wotton
This book is a must read for anybody who is a fan of Cyndi Lauper.
Abby Anderson
I found it an easy book to read as well as an interesting book.
Joan Barnes

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By zombiederek on September 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Cyndi's track 'I'm Gonna Be Strong' could've easily been an alternate title for her book, detailing many intimate looks at her life. This novel is a must read for any Lauper fan or if you're just wanting a deepr look at the woman behind her music. Pain, love, life have been the subjects of her songs for many years, and Lauper and Dunn have so well crafted her life and those subjects in her life into words. I'm 25 years old and wasn't even around for most of Cyndi's heyday, but I've been a fan since the day I was born and I've so often wondered what has inspired her lifestyle, lyrics, music, etc and this book gets right to the point with it all. Some of the things she's gone through surprised me; What she really endured to become successful. Some of her stories downright made me laugh, some almost seemed unreal to picture. Within this detailed look at her life lies her background, her roots, her memories of heartache, love and life. Whether you're a Lauper enthusiast or a casual fan, you won't want to miss this fantastic story.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mat on September 18, 2012
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Her life story reads like a novel that you can't put down. So true. It's a fascinating book. Very visual and compelling. You can hear Cyndi's talking about her life. A must read! It was so tempting that I read it within 1 day.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Rauch on September 25, 2012
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As an admirer of Ms Lauper's since her ground breaking 80's "She's So Unusual", I was excited to see her Memoir come into existence. It seems there are few celebrities in our world like she. A person, who did her thing, and has done what she was called to do, and made a living doing so. The brillance of Ms Lauper, unlike Madonna, who I am a fan of for other reasons, is she is a more "human" celebrity. Instead of going with a "universal" trend, she did, and is doing her thing. I beleive she understands we are all celebrities, and are in this Universe to do what we are called to do.

I recently received her Memoir, and with the first couple of chapters, I am hooked. Especially with the "crazy" things she said or did in her younger years, and her response of "I think it scared" people, showing understanding herself, and not wanting to upset her fellow human beings. Or a classic line like "wow, look what God did to his son, Jesus, Now imagine what he's doing to do to me. I'm not even related."

She get's she is human, a celebrity, but nothing, and everything, special. I beleive she understands we all are. If only we could all think the same way!

I thoroughy recommend her Memoir.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robertuccio on September 24, 2012
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but in the best possible way. It's incredible to see that she has gone through so much and yet remains a very positive person who wants to help others.
I especially enjoyed the conversational style, it really feels like she's talking to you -and only you- at times.
I always liked her music but I had no idea that she sang the Blues.
This book has a very positive message not only for women and young LGBT people but also for those of us who could use a little of inspiration to try and help others and make a difference in the world.
Way to go Cyndi and thank you for all you've done for us!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Abby Anderson on September 21, 2012
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This book is a must read for anybody who is a fan of Cyndi Lauper. In her characteristic style, she tells her story honestly and with humor. It's rare for me to laugh out loud when reading a book, but there were so many times that I was laughing while reading this that I lost count. The reader comes away knowing exactly what is important to Cyndi because she tells you directly whether you like it or not. She's not in your face about her beliefs, but she doesn't back down and will stand up and speaks out when she sees the need. Whether you agree with her or not, you can't help but admire her honesty, directness, and unwavering desire to do what is right. There are moments when the book is shocking, but it's never for sensationalism - it always reveals something personal that gives insight into her personality and motivations. I've been a Cyndi Lauper fan for as long as I can remember, and after reading this book I can't help but be a bigger fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Brown VINE VOICE on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Cyndi Lauper's autobiography begins with her running away from home to escape her step-father the sexual predator. Things don't get much better for her for quite some time- some truly horrific things happen to her on her way to success. And success is illusive- for all Lauper's hard work, hit records, and Grammy nominations, she has never become as rich and famous as one would think she should be.

Recognition didn't come to Lauper until she was thirty. Through her twenties, she worked menial jobs, sang in cover bands, and was never taken seriously, even by her own band mates- she was even sexually assaulted by some of them. She gave free rein to her eccentric style (which has been copied endlessly) and didn't pull any punches about what she thought, and these habits didn't endear her to record execs. And so much of the time, she just has had plain bad luck. It's not that she is blaming fate for her own short fallings; she readily admits when she screws up. This woman never stops working, and, I suspect, never will. Her creative force is just too strong. She describes how she works, and it's remarkable how she dissects music and puts it back together in new ways.

The book is written like you're sitting down with Lauper, listening to her tell her story. She narrates with an immediacy that puts you right in the scene. She also digresses like she were sitting in front of you talking. This is not a dry, moment by moment biography! I highly recommend this if you're a fan.
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