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Wendy's Got the Heat Paperback – August 3, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Drug addiction, divorce, miscarriages, infidelity-such is the stuff of gripping biography-but the story of Williams' rise to radio fame is less than the sum of its parts, at least as it's told here. Williams, a deejay on New York R&B and hip-hop station WBLS, is something of a rarity in the industry: a top-rated African-American woman. She relates that she always felt like an outsider: "I was the black girl in a practically all-white school. And among the handful of blacks, I was the 'white girl,' the outcast." But she was sure great things were ahead. "I knew that one day my being different would pay off," she writes. While Williams goes on to explain that her success came through hard work and dedication, she doesn't show the nitty-gritty of her job-how a studio operates, how she came up with her style, what she actually does at work-which is a shortcoming in a book about a radio personality. Instead, Williams offers a very readable but standard-issue confessional autobiography, told in a smooth vernacular; she relates her long-term drug abuse, which began with marijuana in college and progressed to cocaine; her problems with men; her desire for happiness and success. The story might be inspirational for some, but it's not always deeply analytical: her drug use, for example, helps her realize that "getting high with muthafuckas doesn't do anything for you except give people something to talk about or worse. Nobody's going to stick around if something goes down. And nobody's got your back." This is an worthy tale, but it's best suited to serious Williams fans, who will welcome information on her hard-won sobriety, her liposuction and breast implants, her love for her son and her tips for keeping a man.
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Amy DuBois Barnett Honey magazine With the incredible success of her daily program -- full of celebrity dish and frank advice -- Wendy is at the top of her game....The best part? Wendy achieved her success by being herself.
New York Post If you're dying to find out everything there is to know about radio scandal-monger Wendy Williams, she has a story for you.
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She dishes the dirt on herself in her memoir Wendy's Got the Heat. Growing up as the middle of three children to teachers Thomas and Shirley Willams, the Jersey girl felt like an outcast in both her family and school environment (she was one of only a handful of black students). Nearly 6 feet tall before her teens, Wendy was loud, boisterous, and in your face. So much so that her parents had codes to reel her in when she ran off at the mouth: TM for Too Much, TL for Too Loud, and TF for Too Fast.
She graduated from college and worked her way to the top in radio, but not before hitting many rough patches. There's alot of coverage given to her decade long addiction to cocaine. Picking up the habit in college, her relationship with The White Lady picked up speed after a date rape and nearly destroyed her life.
Then there's her love life. After a series of dysfunctional relationships, Wendy endured a short lived marriage to a man who disrespected her in one of the worst ways possible. Trust me when I tell you it'll make your jaw drop at how wrong it was (if you haven't heard it on her talk show already).
Her feelings surrounding her several miscarriages are heartwrenching, but it's sweet to read about how happy she was about the birth of her now 10 year old son, Kevin Jr. or Lil' Kev. You can tell she's crazy about him. Wendy also opens up about her husband's infidelity and all the drama that brought with it. Kudos to her for not trashing the mistress! She has some class, you guys.
My only complaint is the excessive cursing and constant use of the n word. It came across like she was trying too hard to be "down", if you know what I mean. Despite that, I loved her conversational, almost girlfriend-like, tone and the fact that she held nothing back. She's been through alot and made alot of stupid choices/mistakes, but she owns up to every one of them. Whether she's funny, sad, or crossing the line into messy territory, she's always entertaining. *wipes teeth with finger*
For with mentions of her upbringing and you seeing how that led to her “futuristic vision,” ambition, and even morals, you can tell that despite the language, and some of her decisions, she is very much traditional. Though I must say, if you put this beside Janet Mock’s “Redefining Realness,” and Maya Angelou’s biography, it does sometimes seem like the book is willing to go there, but in the pursuit of being raw, it loses any sense of eloquence. This is despite Wendy sometimes speaking of very personal matters and generally having the type of narrative like you was her niece or nephew. Though all things considered, I don’t think most people want suburban Wendy. They want Queen of Radio Wendy being as messy with her personal life as she is with others. Something she certainly delivers on.
I will say though, outside of a rape incident, if you are a regular watcher of Wendy’s show, you are not going to probably learn anything new here. Nor is there significant enough detail to warrant buying this book and not renting or borrowing it.
1. the book is short considering all of the issues discussed
2. why is there no index?
3. the prose seems sloppy and at times there are embarrassing typos (for example, it is Celine Dion, not Dionne)
4. the cover photo is more suited to a porn mag not to a book
5. even though she claims not to look down on Robin Quivers, I think there is some animosity. Robin has class.
Wait for it in the bargain bin.