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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing; 1st edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416587241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416587248
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jackson candidly opens up to readers.” —Essence --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Janet Jackson is a five-time Grammy Award-winning international superstar. One of the bestselling pop artist in history, she is known ofer her innovative music, choreography, and social conscious lyrics.  The youngest member of the famous Jackson family, she began her career as a television actress and most recently appeared in Tyler Perry's film, For Colored Girls.

David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and Don Rickles. He also cowrote, with Gaye, the song “Sexual Healing.”

Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a celebrated radio talk-show host, and coauthor of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Video Vixen, On the Down Low, and Wendy’s Got the Heat. She is also an assistant professor in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College.

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Customer Reviews

This is a very honest and inspirational book.
Erick HK
It's true that you can have the looks,the glamour and everything else looking good on the outside but the inside can be screaming out for help!
Mrs. Diva
God gave Janet the gift of her testimony to show that He can do all things.
Miss Charity

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Tanika L. Carroll on February 15, 2011
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I cannot begin to tell you how much I love Janet. I can't express enough how much this book is already making me feel better about me. I know exactly what Janet has gone through, which is why I wanted this book. I can see all of her movies, I can read all the magazine articles on her, I can even listen to her music all day long, and it doesn't compare to actually reading from her own words her own soul exactly what she's been going through once the cameras are off. I'm still reading the book because I just got it now but I had to be the first to review it. I love this book. It's such therapy for me. I still at the age of 32 have issues with myself and I know this book will help me. Please read it. I promise you won't be disappointed.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Cass on February 19, 2011
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When hearing that Janet Jackson was writing a self-help book , I thought oh shes just using this to increase her popularity. She has no real problems except which country to go to and which store to drop a couple thousand in. Looking at her, I saw nothing but an extremely beautiful woman with money and talent and fame. I saw that mega watt smile which could light up a room even through a photograph. I saw happiness and confidence. I saw her as something that is almost impossible for any one person to be, PERFECT. I became so elated to know that Janet didn't think of herself as perfect and that behind that mega watt smile dwelled something deeper, something less perfect and more realistic. Throughout the book, I myself shouted "hey that happened to me or dang Janet I've been there too". I loved her openness and I adore her open mind. The book carries the spirit of hundreds of thousands of men ,women and children who have or had that battle with learning to love ones self and being happy with who you are flaws and all. Janet's spirit throughout the book is overwhelmingly bright, realistic and incredibly optimistic. She does talk openly about her feelings leaving herself completely bare for the world to read. The childhood teasing that stuck with her, dealing with her constant fluctuating weight and feelings of unworthiness. Janet Jackson has done interviews about the book saying that "its not an autobiography" but you do get a grasp of what kind of person she is and where shes coming from. She gives so much insight into who she is now, who she was yesterday and who she wants to be tomorrow.The stories she added in the book from fans and friends give that "chicken soup for the soul" type of feel, very relatable and thought provoking.Read more ›
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jlc3 on February 19, 2011
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I've loved Janet since my childhood and she's been through so much since those days which she details in this book. I love how the various pictures she has in the book correspond with each chapter. I also love how I feel a lot better about myself and my imperfections after reading True You. I'd definitely recommend the book to anyone feeling down and out about life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By luv2bhealthy on May 11, 2011
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I really like Janet Jackson and was hoping to read something about what makes her who she is. This is definitely not an autobiography. She talks about her life without revealing much. It is mostly about her struggles with weight and having had depression. I am not trying to be critical because she is obviously a very private individual; however, she pretty much said the same thing thoughout the book which was trying to convey the emotional impact body image had on her and her relationships without really opening up about either. She told stories or printed fan letters of those who, because of a particular issue in their life, identified with her music because she wrote music that reflected what was going on in her life at that time.

Perhaps she felt as though she could help others who are struggling with their weight or with depression, but there are no clear answers in her book. There is a plug for her nutritionist, David Allen. There are some recipes by a chef. She talks about having therapy. But other then needing to stay balanced in your life, there were no real revelations. I was disappointed because I really wish there had been more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mobius23west on February 22, 2011
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I've been a Janet fan for over 20 years and I was looking forward to this book. I was not disappointed. Now, for those of you who were looking for an autobiography, you will probably be disappointed. However, given that I've been a fan of Janet for so long and had read and seen numerous interviews; I really didn't need an autobiography. And if you were looking for Janet to promote a specific, detailed weight loss plan, you will also be disappointed. But, then again, I wasn't looking for that either. Having had my own experiences in this area, I knew that if Janet were to promote any specific method or plan, any success she had at such plan was no guarantee that it would work for me or anybody else. If anything, the book quietly blows the steam out of the biggest weight loss misconception of all...that there's one plan out there that fits everybody.

Another misconception the book deals with is that weight loss is an emotionless exercise. So many people underestimate the power of emotions when it comes to weight loss. And I'm happy that Janet brought this to the forefront as it is clear they played a huge role in both her weight gain and weight loss. Also, I related to Janet when she talked about her experiences with body image...more than I may have wanted to. I can easily understand why some may call this book "wishy-washy," but honestly, if you have ever fully dealt head-on with weight issues, emotions are going to come up - especially when, in the past, you may have been using food to block out feelings. I really appreciate Janet sharing that despite her success (or probably because of it); she's struggles with the same issues that effect many of us. This is what touched me the most about this book. And I did pick up a few more health and nutrition insights, too. Thanks Janet for sharing your experience. It's very inspirational.
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