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You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes First Edition Edition
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I couldn't have been more wrong.
Jermaine writes with such passion and eloquence, it's clear he wrote this book for all the right reasons: to honor his brother, to share his deep love for him, and to protect his younger sibling, like any good big brother should. I've fancied myself a writer my entire life, and while I'm certainly no New York Times Bestseller, I've learned enough to know you can't write half-truths with this much passion and sincerity. It just isn't possible. Jermaine's love for Michael, and his burning desire to set the record straight, bleeds off every page of this book; (or in my case, oozes off the screen of my Kindle for Android app! ;-D )
I think part of my initial negative reaction toward Jermaine's book was that I wasn't sure if it would be truthful, or just another Jackson Family media spin. We all know how masterful they are at using the media for their own commercial gain; we've seen them do it better than anyone for decades. So I think I had more than a little cynicism toward this book right from the get-go; and I'm sure I'm not the only one. But in all fairness to Jermaine, who of us would take the time to write such an in-depth and personal memoir knowing they'll be highly criticized for it? Would you share your family memories under the same circumstances? For what? The privilege of being raked over the coals for it? For me, that in itself speaks to Jermaine's sincerity.Read more ›
The earlier part of the book goes into the brothers' childhood, but is really as much about Jermaine as it is about Michael. If we do see Michael through Jermaine's eyes, it is mostly as this little kid brother who trailed in his shadow and who was part of the family gang, whom he felt protective towards. Even at this close-knit stage, it appears that Jermaine did not have access to the innermost, imaginative world of Michael Jackson. Occasionally, we do get a rare glimpse into MJ's imaginative world, and we get to briefly see the brilliance and magic that is Michael Jackson revealed like shooting stars arching across the larger expanse of shared family life. But we have to sift through quite a lot of narrative before we find these precious anecdotes. Using them, we can only imagine what it was like for the unique, sensitive, imaginative, prodigious, magical and talented boy that was Michael Jackson, growing up with a harsh father and 8 siblings in a shabby, cramped shoebox of a house in Gary.
What Jermaine is at pains to do in this book is to situate Michael within the history of the Jackson family and later, Motown. He goes to great length to establish their father Joeseph's influence on Michael as a creative artist and a person. He also does this with Gordy Berry (who happens to be Jermaine's father-in-law) and with other figures like their private tutor Rose Fine.Read more ›
The second half of the book provides insight on Michael's dealings with Sony, the Chandler allegations and the trial. I appreciated the fact that Jermaine clearly communicated the truth of what happened in the Chandler and Arvizo incidents. Because of that, I really hope people beyond the fan base will read it.
I enjoyed this book to the point that I would like to personally thank Jermaine for writing it. I am so glad to finally have a biography that goes beyond the sensationalism of Taborelli. If anyone doubts how closely Jermaine "knew" Michael, then certainly he beats out Tarborelli!
Please, buy this book and read it. You will need some tissues, but you'll come away understanding Michael and his family better than before.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was literally one of the best books I've ever read in my life... I read a lot of books.... If you're looking into buying this then definitely buy it!!Published 2 months ago by Lexy
I loved learning about the real Michael, I have been a fan since the Jackson 5 started. I hope he truly found happiness before he died. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Randee Osgood
I was happy with my purchase. It was an interesting read from a brother's point of view!Published 4 months ago by Kathy S Hughes
This appears to be a true account from a brothers point of view, We read so many things about Michael and you have to sift through the news and try to seperate fact from fiction. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sheila
It brought tears but I enjoy reading Jermaine's book
I recommend anyone to read this .it's started as happy and and sad but michael jackson is truly the king of pop