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My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem: Setting the Record Straight on My Life as Eminem's Mother Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2008
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Let's start with this: Marshall Mathers is a fraud, he fabricated a persona of a man who had a tough childhood and problems with his mother to get famous. When she inquired about this, he would say "it's just a joke". None of the troubles he raps about actually happened, it is just a big hoax to sell records and scam the public into believing this to make money. Eventually, he started believing his own lies and now believes he actually did have a rough childhood. (Obviously I do not believe this - but this is what his mother will have you believe)
The biggest thing that made me question the facts and reality of this book was Debbie's persistence that she was an angel. Not once in this book will you see her say she did anything at all wrong. Oh, I'm sorry. She said that it was wrong of her to tell her son "I wish it was you instead of Ronnie" but followed it up with a slew of excueses, saying that she was under pressure and Kim had randomly had her furniture reposessed for absolutely no reason. Whatever. But that's it.Read more ›
A major problem I had with this book was that there are numerous assertions made by Debbie which do not stand up to any kind of scrutiny. Debbie make the following inaccurate claims:
- that Eminem is controlled Kim and always gives into her but if that were true then he would not have released the songs about killing his wife which both Eminem and Kim have said she hated and did not want released
- when Eminem and Kim first lived together Kim faked their burglaries but in fact Eminem witnessed the burglar and chased him (which makes me wonder how many of the other numerous accusations she makes about Kim are untrue)
- Debbie took Nathan to visit Kims work and found that her receptionist job at a health spa was a cover for prostitution and there was a menu of sexual services available. Since prostitution is illegal in Michigan I don't believe that a brothel hand menus of sexual services to anyone who just walked in off the street
- that the Kim Basinger character in the film 8 Mile comes onto her son. I have seen the film multiple times and that never happens.Read more ›
Mother and son were estranged for at least 8 years by the time Debbie wrote this, so a lot of what she says about his recent life is pure speculation. Most of the book is defensive and maybe even annoying. No mom is as good a parent as she claims to have been. The way she told the story made me wish I had grown up at her house, but I know that every family has their own "closet" to be cleaned. I only bought this book because Eminem's book is not available in a Kindle version and I didn't have time to order and wait on his. Reading this book as an alternative to that one was like going to the movies but standing outside the building with a cup up to it and your ear; not worth the effort, but it wasted some time. Save your money and get his book instead. It's not that I'm counting on Eminem to be totally fair and balanced but surely, his mom is hurt, confused and maybe a little bitter. Probably A LOT bitter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is amazing and sets the record straight completely on what life was like as eminent m o therPublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I agree with most other reviewers that thiis book is a transparent attempt to cash in on her son's fame. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty good but who knows what is real here . Worth reading anyways. Book gives a good background on Marshal's life as a kid .Published 17 months ago by Ceecoursian
I enjoyed reading this book! I didn't know all that about Marshall Mathers. It's important to remember there's two sides to every story, and this is his mother's perspective. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robert Jackson
I just read one chapter, it was a horrible life of eminem.I hate his stepfatherPublished 22 months ago by yassin ahmed