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How Sweet the Sound Hardcover – May 4, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (May 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385490100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385490108
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,935,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cissy Houston, mother of pop singer Whitney Houston, tells her life story with simple candor. Her story begins with her grandparents' life in Georgia and continues with her own family's relocation to Newark, N.J., her beginnings as a Gospel singer, her life as wife and mother and, finally, her present life as a singer whose accolades are now being sung by critics and peers alike. Born the youngest of eight children, Cissy Drinkard soaked in the quiet godliness of her introspective and resourceful mother while basking in the admiration and devotion of her hard-working father. Surrounded by devout Christian grandparents, parents and siblings, Cissy learned early in life how God was to be honored and obeyed in this life. Houston chronicles her life in a series of moves from home to home after several personal and material losses, and she describes how she found solace and security in her family relationships and in her church. Brought up as part of the Drinkard Gospel Singers, Cissy proved herself a talented, capable artist of Gospel music, and she tells how her devotion to God and music carried her through family deaths, financial losses and career setbacks. Houston describes her own experiences as a Gospel performer as good preparation for guiding her own daughter into the fierce and often fickle world of music stardom.
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The narrative is hampered by an overly dutiful recitation of facts. But the story comes to life when describing her career.... -- The New York Times Book Review, Eric P. Nash

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In memory of "Ms. Whitney Houston"!!!!!
Andre D. Haynes
I would recommend this book to everyone who is going through trials.
Watchtower
I found Cissy's story to be so honest, forthright & inspiring!
K. Austin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By derrick Bogan on July 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have always been fascinated throughout the years by Ms. Houston's voice, but somehow, she was surpassed and her daughter has attatined all the success. I was delighted when I saw the book on the shelf and could not put the book down. I think the book was well written and she tackled her subjects with taste and dignity. Despite her lack of success, I respect how she humbled herself to shower praises on other artists, including Aretha Franklin, who she accompanied on numerous of her classic recordings. This book also shows the struggles that she endured as a struggling performer raising a family. I admire the fact that she did not neglect her parental duties and molded her children to exhibit class and respect (which Whitney is now losing I must add), which I can respect and appreciate. I wish her all continued success. I recommend the purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Watchtower on August 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I had ordered two gospel cd's by Mrs Cissy Houston and they were soooo anointed. As I was listening to them, I said, this lady has really been through something to have such anointed songs. So, when I saw her book on the internet, I ordered it, and I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. The book was so touching. She went through alots but, her faith in God brought her through. She is such a strong woman. Whitney Houston is blessed to have a mother like this. I would recommend this book to everyone who is going through trials. She lets you know, that through prayer and faith in God you can come through any situation victorious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shawn baldwin on November 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When first heard Cissy Houston sing on one of her 70's solo albums I wondered why this woman is not a household name and espeacially after I found out about her being lead singer of the Sweet Inspirations,this is a book about a woman who never received her just do for someone with such a captivating voice!whether behind the scenes are in front CISSY HOUSTON IS A SWEET INSPIRATION!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Cissy takes us on an upclose and personal journey into her life. This woman has accomplished so much and has often been overlooked by the music industry. She has definitely contributed to the standard of R&B that exists today. Cissy could have easily been one of the hottest singers of her time. In fact she had a promising career as a solo artist but felt that spending time with her three children was more important. Cissy had a vision and she knew that one day her dreams would become reality. She acknowledges that many of her accomplishments came late in her life and she wouldn't change any of that. Her career today is soaring. She recently one a grammy for her album entitled "Face to Face." Cissy is truly a living legend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
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Cissy takes us on an upclose and personal journey into her life. This woman has accomplished so much and has often been overlooked by the music industry. She has definitely contributed to the standard of R&B that exists today. Cissy could have easily been one of the hottest singers of her time. In fact she had a promising career as a solo artist but felt that spending time with her three children was more important. Cissy had a vision and she knew that one day her dreams would become reality. She acknowledges that many of her accomplishments came late in her life and she wouldn't change any of that. Her career today is soaring. She recently one a grammy for her album entitled "Face to Face." Cissy is truly a living legend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2001
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Cissy Houston is a wonderful singer. Anyone who listened to her sing in the 70s still has to wonder why she didn't end up a superstar. The book presents a a wonderful but I suspect sugar coated verison of her fascinating life.
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