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La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family Hardcover – June, 1990

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A seven-week PW bestseller in cloth, this revealing autobiography by Michael and Janet Jackson's less successful sister caused a commotion on the talk show/tabloid circuit. Photos.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-- Jackson makes some shocking allegations about her family. She goes into great detail about the physical and psychological abuse she and her eight siblings suffered at the hands of their parents, the bitter jealousies amongfamily members, and the foiled attempts to kidnap her after she left home. She also writes about her in-name-only marriage to her manager, Jack Gordon, and the reasons she posed for a Playboy centerfold. The book is full of titillating bits of information meant to astound; it is comparable to an episode from television's ``A Current Affair'' in print. It will be popular with fans of the Jacksons.
- Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Century (June 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712635335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712635332
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,074,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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La Toya did what many people today wish they could: reveal, and then heal from an abusive relationship(s). She opened the gates of the Jackson's homes in Gary, Indiana and at Hayvenhurst in CA for the world to see. This very informative book shed light on the hidden, the quiet or even the most beautiful Jackson of them all. In it 'Toy, Toy' (a name she hates to be called) reveals the family struggles with abusive parents, her relationship with her siblings and their spouses, the life in captivity behind the gates of their CA mansion, her meeting of her manager and then husband Jack Gordon and...Playboy. Even a botched kidnap attempt is addressed.
Michael, the prodigal son, is portrayed in a wonderful light, as he should be. They shared very special times growing up and Toya displays each of them. Michael was ordered by the elders at the Witness to NEVER speak to Toya again because she missed (in their opinion) too many meetings. This left Michael sobbing on Janet's bed, when Toya came in, he ran into Janet's bathroom bawling! He also supported Toya against her brother's wives (wives can be so cruel) and supported her when her PLAYBOY PICTORIAL came out.
Joseph Jackson, the family patriarch, is portrayed as twisted and evil, and as an ogre who delighted in the suffering of his family. In Michael's live interview with Oprah Winfrey, he claimed that even in his late 30's he's still afraid of 'Joseph'. He confessed to Oprah that he even regurgitates when 'Joseph' comes by for a visit. La Toya gives much; much more details into the horrors they all faced. La Toya was badly beaten by the hands of her father at a very young age and was left bleeding on the bathroom floor whilst her brothers walked over her, much to afraid to offer any support.
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When La Toya Jackson first released her tell-all autobiography book in 1991, it did not exactly shock the world, as her playboy venture did a couple of years earlier, but it certainly caught a lot of media attention and received much criticism from her own family.

The purpose of this book, according to La Toya, was to reveal the truth. Just how much of this "truth" is real, I'm not quite sure. But for the most part, La Toya seems to be rather genuinely sincere, aside from maybe a few possible exaggerations here and there. Nonetheless, her tone is very humble and straightforward. Many of her stories are fascinating; some of them are sad, others are funny, entertaining, but always interesting. She recounts candidly about her childhood, her relationship to her parents and her siblings, The Jackson Five phenomena, Michael Jackson's tremendous musical success, her own music career, her search of freedom and independence, and her strange "marriage" to Jack Gordon, who she openly admits to have never loved. In fact, her reasons for marrying him had nothing to do with romance at all; her reasons will most likely surprise you.

Yet some of her stories seem a bit too outrageous to be true, or so I thought. For example, La Toya recounts a time when she was held captive inside the home of a famous record producer by the name of Phil Spector. La Toya describes this frightening experience in great detail, portraying Phil Spector as a lunatic, a man with a very serious personality disorder. Spector, according to La Toya, behaved very strangely with his sporadic mood swings and attempts to scare her to death by playing mind games. He even teased La Toya with some eerie suggestions of murdering her! (You'll have to read the book to get the full details: I don't want to spoil this for anybody.
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This book lifts the lid on the Jackson family's dark (although not so shocking in the year 2006) rise to fame and fortune...

La Toya describes the abuse, and beatings that she and her siblings, including brother Michael Jackson received from their father. She also hints at sexual abuse (La Toya has said in subsequent interviews that she was an incest victim, but pulled the details from this book) at the hands of her father. She also has stated that her parents tried to kidnap her.

Now fast-forward 15 years. La Toya Jackson has recanted most of her statements in this book. She now claims that she was a domestic violence victim by her late, ex-husband.

So is this book true or false? It's up to the reader to decide. ...As far as I'm concerned I think La Toya Jackson gets her kicks by playing the perpetual victim. It is still an interesting saga, though... And I wouldn't mind reading a new autobiography by La Toya, with an updated bio.
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LaToya's book is intriguing. Like all of these books aimed at getting attention and making money, you have to take it with a grain of salt and realize that not everything is entirely true, some has been exaggerated, and some just plain made-up. You also have to keep in mind that this book was written when she was still with Jack Gordon and be aware of the influences that has on how some things are portrayed.

If you can take the time to sort through it all though, what you find is a very sensitive and caring girl who was caught in the insanity that is the Jackson family. Like other tales from inside Hayvenhurst (like Margaret Maldonado Jackson's book), you get the sense that the people inside those walls are prisoners of their own fame and paranoia, a house filled with physical and emotional abuse. I think if you looked up "dysfunctional family" in the dictionary, there should be a picture of the Jacksons staring back at you.

You really feel for her in this book, and stories such as that of her father beating her after she got a less than stellar report from her teacher at school, are so vivid that you can tell it must be true, her pain and fear from such incidents is palpable.

Like Margaret's book, Katherine comes out looking just as bad as Joe here, and it seems no surprise that the Jackson children are so troubled with parents like these. Desperate to escape her insane family, it's easy to see why a girl like LaToya would be suckered in by an opportunist like Jack Gordon who would use and abuse her for years.

I really wish she would write an update to her book, to let us know how she is doing since this book was published.
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