True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself Hardcover – February 15, 2011
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About the Author
David Ritz is a songwriter who has collaborated with stars like Janet Jackson and Marvin Gaye, as well as a renowned ghostwriter who has authored more than fifty books for some of the biggest stars in music: Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Lenny Kravitz, Joe Perry, Smokey Robinson, Don Rickles, and Willie Nelson, to name a few. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Essence, People, US, Art Connoisseur, and TV . He lives in Los Angeles with Roberta, his wife of 47 years.
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.
- Item Weight : 3.15 pounds
- Hardcover : 259 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416587248
- Product dimensions : 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing; 1st edition (February 15, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #300,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It as well seemed that Janet grew up sheltered, which she sort of did, but I didn’t realize how fast she’d grown up. I nearly fell out of the chair laughing, reading her talking about “people sniffing flour”. Add all of this on top of the recipes inserted at the end of the book, along with her personal trainer's summary of methods for promoting physical wellness, puts this memoir over the top. From start to finish highly recommended!
I realize that Janet has a lot of the same struggles we all face with teasing and just plain trying to live up to what we think we should be. How fruitless it is when we look to others for our self worth and how self hatred and self denigration is a common occurrence with human beings no matter who they are. Janet's bravery to shed light on her own story helped me to see I'm not alone in this struggle. I appreciate the recipes and plan on trying a few especially the spinach and strawberry salad. I would never have thought these two ingredients could go together.
I appreciated the fact that she dedicated the book to Mike. She shows that she has forgiven him and still loves him. That's big.
I would have liked there to be a little more about Janet as she is such a dynamic and pleasant person and has a lot to offer women of all ages. Maybe she will do an autobiography in the future???
I starting working out since July 2010 I have janet photo on my wall!!! Let me tell you working out is far from easy. I have lost more weight by working out less and I also have GI disorder it was quite embarrasing for me.It very comforting to know a women like Janet has the same issues as me. I also suffering from depression and self loathing I turn to Jesus as well and this did help me a great deal! It shows Janet is actual human being and if I ever get to met her I wouldn't scream at her like a "unreachable celebrity" but a person that has feeling. She also give you the encouragement to stay discipline on facing your weight,depression and just simply loving yourself!!
I would love it janet create a website that stem from this book about depression,weight and loving yourself as "Forum based website" where people and fan all over the world can help each other with these same issues.
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TRUE YOU is an intimate insight into the person Janet Jackson and not the celebrity and is a truly inspiring experience.
By Susan Uzor
In her promotion of the book, Jackson stressed the fact that the book is not an autobiography. Reading it however it does sometimes feel like a confessional, at times she is heartbreakingly honest in a way I haven't seen most famous stars be, on paper or in interviews. She talks at length, and in detail about her early life growing up in America's most famous musical family, and how the stress of being a child-star on television in the 1970s and having to live up to her brother's fame became the root of self-esteem and weight issues. She comes across as open and honest in revealing how she battled to find herself only in the last few years, and coming to terms with her childhood and life so far.
Her weight-loss is detailed, but don't expect a step-by-step guide on how she lost 80lbs. Instead, she talks more about how her self-esteem issues with her body, and how she overcame that.
One of the nice touches of the book is hearing Janet open up about her 'big brother Mike'. She talks fondly of him and how they were best friends in the family from being very little, and you can clearly see how much she adores and loves him. She also talks about her family, especially her father. It's interesting to see that years after Michael discussed their father's beatings, Janet has decided to also. She describes when her father beat her as a very young child, which affected her and still does to this day. However, some sensitive issues are glossed over (''it isn't an autobiography'') which can be expected, an example being her second, secret marriage.
A really nice touch is the inspirational stories that are included throughout the writing. These are people's true stories of how they triumphed over issues similar to Janet's, and are quite touching.
Throughout the book also, rare and private images from Janet's personal collection are included.
The last quarter of the book is not written by Janet, but rather by her nutritionist who describes how he helped Janet to loose the 80lbs she had gained. His methods do sound uncoventional (for example, he says that he told Janet to stop exercising altogether at the start of her lifestyle change), but as evidenced in Janet herself, they clearly work. Also included are recipes for some of Janet's diet dishes, which are cute enough if you want to follow Janet's diet plan, but the majority of Janet Jackson fans who buy this book will probably not need to take a second look at these parts.
A startlingly truthful look at the life of a 20th Century Icon, in her own words.
Janet's book literately changed the way I look at myself! A really inspiring book and very encouraging! I personally liked it and i dont like many books that celebrities write. Beautifully written and makes you realise how not everything with a person can see the way you think. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who struggles with self-acceptance and who have a negative body image towards themselves.