Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped by Cissy Houston

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Book Description

The definitive account of Whitney Houston’s astonishing life, ground-breaking career, and tragic death — complete with never-before-seen photographs — from the only one who truly knows the story behind the headlines: her mother, Cissy Houston.

Cissy has said little publicly about Whitney’s heart-breaking death. Now, for the first time, she opens up and shares the unbelievable story of her daughter’s life, as well as her own, and addresses Whitney’s brightest and darkest moments.

A legendary Grammy Award–winning gospel singer in her own right, Cissy Houston shows how the lessons from her own musical journey helped to shape Whitney’s career — from teaching Whitney to use her voice, to keeping her level-headed throughout her meteoric rise to fame.

With candor and respect, she sets the record straight about Whitney, exploring both her turbulent marriage and her misunderstood struggles with drug abuse. Cissy goes behind the tabloid headlines to show fans around the world the true, human side of a strong, successful — yet flawed — musical icon who died much too young.

My Review

Who is this book about? That is the question I asked repeatedly while reading Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston and that is NOT a good thing. Cissy spent a great majority of the book telling about her background and her place in popular music history. It really had me scratching my head.

And, when Cissy does speak of her daughter I was in disbelief. Was Cissy really that naïve? Was she really in that much denial? Did she really not see any of the tabloids and/or the news? I do not believe that she did not know her child had a serious drug problem when the rest of the entire world knew.

The one section of the book that did surprise me was the mention of Bobby Brown. Most news outlets reported that the family thought Bobby was Whitney’s downfall and even when seeing Cissy on interviews one would assume she felt that same way but she says in the book:

“Yet unlike a lot of people, I don’t blame Bobby for introducing Nippy to drugs or for the things that ended up happening to her.”

Remembering Whitney does not shed any new light on Whitney than what we already knew by keeping up with pop culture. It is not normal for a parent to bury their child and just like when I saw Cissy walk behind the coffin out of the church during Whitney’s funeral, my heart broke when she wrote,

“Then they shoveled the dirt on top of the coffin, and just like that, my baby girl, my only daughter, was gone forever.”

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped by Cissy Houston by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

3 star rating

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