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Interesting read, but frustrating at times...,
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This review is from: My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem: Setting the Record Straight on My Life as Eminem's Mother (Hardcover)
I have occassionally wondered if Eminem was being a little harsh about his mom, but after reading this book, I totally get it. I kept having to remind myself that this book was her defense of herself, a sanitized version of events, because even what she describes is hardly The Brady Bunch. They did move around a lot, they were on food stamps at various times, and I personally lost count of all the step-dads and boyfriends she talks about. Then there's the fact that she apparently left fairly young children home alone and they burned the house down. I think the most outrageous part was how she "accidentally" sued Eminem for 10 Million Dollars, and seemed genuinely puzzled as to why he was upset by this. It just seemed like she didn't want to take responsibility for anything. If you look back at his music, it seems like the songs about his mom didn't get really angry until The Marshall Mathers LP, after she had sued him. She complains about the notoriety she has recieved from Eminem's music, but she is really not helping her case by writing tell-all books about him, talking to the press and tabloids, and jumping on any talk show or documentary that will have her. It was interesting to read about the Mathers' family background and everything, but take it with a grain of salt and consider the source if you read this.