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Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story Hardcover – October 27, 2015
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"[Taraborrelli] paints a revealing picture of the entertainment industry's debt to middle-class strivers."―Publisher's Weekly
"A thorough effort from celebrity biographer Taraborrelli."―Kirkus
"Taraborrelli shows us the complex, contentious framework that was put into place to transform Beyoncé into a superstar. He delves deep into her history and paints a picture of a family held together, and ultimately changed, by secrets, ambition and unresolved conflicts."―Houston Chronicle
About the Author
J. Randy Taraborrelli is a New York Times bestselling author, respected journalist, a recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on many television programs including Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN Headline News. He's been widely praised for his long-time work as a news analyst for CBS.
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I found that I can appreciate the hard work and talent that went into crafting Beyonce's career stemming back through various incarnations of the girl group that would ultimately become Destiny's Child. I was impressed by the "walking out on faith" Beyonce's parents did during the lean times to help their daughter realize her dreams.
Because some of the behind the scenes drama was very reminiscent of what happened with Diana Ross and the Supremes(or any other girl group for that matter), I was expecting Beyonce to carry much of the same personality and temperament of a petulant diva , but I must say, Beyonce has never sought to be unnecessarily difficult with people or a show-off that upstages people, but rather relied on her talent to propel her into becoming the best Beyonce she could be.
My lasting impression is that there was a lot of sweeping of family issues under carpets, which I think contributed to Beyonce's compartmentalizing of things, a trait that she apparently learned from her mother. I also left the story feeling that while Mathew Knowles sacrificed much for the sake of both of his daughters aspirations, there are times when he comes off as plain selfish i.e his incessant cheating.
I found myself hitting YouTube to check out some of her videos, both with and without Destiny's Child.
Did I walk away a fan? No, but I did walk away with a profound respect for Beyonce's artistry and work ethic. She's an exemplar of what talent and hard work can yield.