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Mariah Carey: Her Story Paperback – May 15, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (May 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312131216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312131210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,829,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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It's refreshing to come across the unexpected. When it comes to rock star bios, one always fears another tale of depravity, excess, and mania. A nice story about a nice person who happens to have a superabundance of talent defies that expectation, and such a defiant story is pop diva Carey's, according to Nickson. In an era when the need for regular MTV play dictates that stars look as good as they sound, Carey is blessed with both looks and an incredible vocal range--a combination that often enough brings stardom, and that is essentially what the book is about. Carey's a star, and if you're interested in how she came to be but don't want the distractions of a lot of deep, boring stuff, Nickson's nice, inoffensive book is for you. Mike Tribby

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"A rags-to-riches classic." --New York Newsday

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I'm the author of the Richard Nottingham books, historical mysteries set in Leeds in the 1730s and featuring Richard Nottingham, the Constable of the city, and his deputy, John Sedgwick. The books are about more than murder. They're about the people of Leeds and the way life was - which mean full of grinding poverty for all but the wealthy. They're also about families, Nottingham and his and Sedgwick, and the way relationships grow and change, as well as the politics, when there was one law for the rich, and another, much more brutal, for everyone else.

Why Leeds? It's where I was born and raised, and that puts a place in your bones. You know it the way you can never quite know anywhere else...

In addition to this I'm also a music journalist, reviewing for magazines and online outlets, something I've been doing since the mid 1990s, specializing these days in world and roots music.

Candace Robb, author of the excellent Owen Archer and Margaret Kerr series of historical mysteries, was kind enough to say this about my work:

"Chris Nickson's years covering the music scene clearly inform his writing--his Richard Nottingham crime novels are not just stories, they're total immersion experiences in the underbelly of 18th century Leeds. Clever use of period slang and vivid detail bring to life the people, the culture, the gritty reality of early industrial culture, brutal and dehumanizing. Constable Richard Nottingham is a shrewd, appealingly human man with a keen social conscience and deep roots in the city. His family and colleagues are portrayed with a warmth and sly humor worthy of Dickens. Immensely addictive, this series just keeps getting better."

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
Her Story is not a book a huge Mariah fan like me would like to read...maybe to add to our collections, but not to read. First off, there was no information in the book I didn't already know, and they got her birthday wrong, mispelled her name, and the punctuation was messed up on some parts. This would be a good book to do a book report on, but not to read just to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1997
Format: Paperback
Although I have had this book for a while, I still think about the poor trees that had to die in vain for this "book". Every word written in Her Story came from either magazines or newspaper articles and it shows. There are many contradictions in the book, misinformation, and at some points the author can't even spell Mariah's name correctly! I would not recommend this book for an avid fan of Mariah's, as they most likely have the articles contained in the book. I would possibly recommend it to a new fan who doesn't know much about Mariah, but wants to
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
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Nickson, the author, doesn't cut to the chase right away in the biography of Mariah Carey. He starts of talking about her "Cindrella" lifestyle and then smoothly carries the reader away into statistics that bore. The facts on Ms. Carey are fairly accurate. Yet it's just not enough to interest Non-Mariah spectators.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sherron on December 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the book because it's like a rags to riches story. I also enjoyed the book because Mariah Carey is my favorite singer. Not only do I enjoy her music but I love how she care for the children, and has actually taken more than a few steps to help them. I would say that I was her #1 fan. Not an obsessed fan but more like a great admirer of her art. My review is named, Butterfly, because what I got from her story is that she struggled, went through some things, as we all do in life, worked hard, set a goal for herself, was determined,did so, and became the SUPERStar she is today. She's blossomed into this beautiful woman...a butterfly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1998
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This book had a bad beginning, focusing mainly on her mother Patricia. There was not enough information about her school days and it contained nothing a huge Mariah fan like me didn't already know. Most of the book was taken from magazine articles and the author actually spelt Mariah's name wrong. I think this book would be better for someone who wasn't really a fan, as they wouldn't know a lot about her already and the book might tell them something. This book was readable, but very disappointing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1997
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As a fan of Mariah Carey for about 8 years now, I wonder why a book like this can be written. It is completely filled with information that was taken from articles and interviews. There is really nothing knew to learn about here. The pictures are in black and white and are also taken from published articles. Although it does offer information on the qween, I am positive I could have written something much more representative of her. Its nice to add to your collection but the content is not all that great. Read it and see for yourself......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
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Well, ok if you DONT know much about Ms. Carey then yeah it *sort-of* has info about her in it, but its only up to 1993 and a LOT has happened since then!! COME ON SHE NEEDS A DIFFERENT BIOGRAPHY! and by an author thats not going to mess up her bday, name and punctuation in the book.. geez ppl.. ever heard of something called EDITORS!??!?! The book isnt great for a fan - just someone who might want to know a litte (VERY little) more about her..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1998
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This book was a good read, it was very interesting especially if you are a fan of Mariah's. The book is basically about her life from a kid until the middle of her carear. If you are intrested in learning about her childhood, rise to stardom and the people she works with this is the book for you. There are also some nice pictures in the middle, and a time line at the end.
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