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Sign up with Facebook Sign up with Twitter. I felt like she was holding back when it came to the drug problem. Yes, she had a long career, but it almost felt like she was bragging a bit. She also came across as condescending at times. In fact, Cissy doesn't even discuss how her daughter died. Cissy acknowledges that Krissy's story is hers to tell, so if you are hoing to learn more about Krissy, you will be disappointed. Remembering Whitney was an interesting read.

I liked learning more about Whitney's rise to fame and the trouble that she endured behind the scenes. Even though she appeared to have it all, Whitney struggled behind the scenes with personal insecurities and the pressures of stardom, which ultimately led to her downfall. Regardless of how she lived her life, there is no denying that she shared her glorious voice with us all, and her talent will be missed. If you are interested in learning more about the woman behind the fame, read her mother's account.

I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Posted Rainy Day Ramblings. Feb 06, Ariel rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoir. I can't say I was all that big of a Whitney Houston fan. I appreciated that she had a great voice but her music wasn't really my thing and I was turned off by the way she embarrassed herself in the public eye in the later years crack is wack! I wanted to read this book because I was more interested in the mother trying to save her daughter perspective of the tragedy.

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Cissy Houston did not disappoint. The woman is the personification of class. There is no doubt that she loved her daughter but a I can't say I was all that big of a Whitney Houston fan. There is no doubt that she loved her daughter but all of the mother's love in the world couldn't save Whitney from her own self admitted demon, herself.

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The book starts out with Cissy recounting her own amazing music career and her relationship with Whitney's father, her husband John. Whitney, nicknamed Nippy was the longed for little girl that arrived after two brothers. When it became obvious that Whitney had the gift Cissy spent a lot of time installing a professional work ethic in her daughter before turning her over to a hand picked mentor Clive Davis.

Although Cissy tried to do everything right unbeknown to her, Whitney's brother Michael was turning her on to the drugs that would become her downfall. Although Cissy disputes the fact that Bobbie Brown was the cause of Whitney's drug use in her book the fact that it was due to her own brother Michael is revealed in Cissy's interview with Oprah. The look on Cissy's face when Michael talks about introducing Whitney to drugs is truly heartbreaking.

I think all of Cissy's kids broke her heart and now Whitney's daughter is following the same path. Through the years Cissy tried many times to talk to Whitney about her problems and even staged an intervention with the police. Whitney was an adult and her choices were her own. Whitney responded by cutting Cissy out of her life when she became ashamed of her actions. Cissy never stopped loving or praying for her daughter.

She is one of those people whose own walk with God truly serves as a beacon to others. When Whitney met the sad conclusion to her life Cissy was broken but she never wavered in her faith. Cissy has never been stingy with her love or her ability to tell it like she sees it. If Whitney had listed to her mamma she would be alive today. Bobbie Kristina had better repair the rift with her grandmother before she meets the same fate as her mother. This book was so well written.


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Cissy Houston's voice came through loud and clear. Although Cissy addresses all of the controversies and incidents through the years it is never done is a salacious or scandalous way.

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She just states what she thinks is right even though her opinions may have never been all that popular with her family members. I hope she keeps on giving her opinion. Everyone in her family would be a lot better off if they just followed her advice. Cissy Houston is a classy lady who exudes Christian love.

I hope she can find the peace she deserves in her final years. Feb 22, Carmen rated it liked it. I remember Whitney when her music hit the waves from her debut album, "Whitney Houston". She was hot! I was so taken aback by the magnitude of her voice and artistic interpretations that I couldn't hear enough of her music once she stepped onto the scene. She was captivating, beautiful, celebrated and phenomenal.

Then came the insidious downward slide in the 90's that started with music awards and acceptance speeches where she was just so in your face about her recreational drug use: twitching o I remember Whitney when her music hit the waves from her debut album, "Whitney Houston". Then came the insidious downward slide in the 90's that started with music awards and acceptance speeches where she was just so in your face about her recreational drug use: twitching or touching her nose repeatedly trying to dispell any traces of lingering cocaine crystals that she snorted.

You could tell she just wanted to accept her awards and disappear from the stage after acknowledging her parents and "a god" for whatever recognition she received from her peers in the industry. Subsequently, it was the negative reportage about her public relationship with Bobby Brown and the loss of personal integrity that followed after her swift decline into the world of drug addiction, denial and loss of all control over the public she thought she was fooling. I have read many books about Whitney and was deeply disappointed to learn that in spite of her gifts, her family's sycophantic dysfunction and codependent enabling are the real back story to her tragic demise, of which they are all still in denial about, to this day.

Whitney could never seem to reconcile who she was in private and public - ghetto or glam - and after a while, it just didn't matter to her anymore. Her brothers abused her and took advantage of her status to further their own ambitions and addictions. Both parents turned the other cheek while the golden goose was left with her "handlers" to self destruct and inevitably, die.

Her mother's anger and guilt are all that she has to live with today and will not bring Whitney back. This book is a tragic and cautionary tale that did not have to be told. View all 3 comments. Mar 28, Mary rated it it was ok. When I completed this book, I really thought about it for a few days after.

I wondered why Whitney Houston's mom wrote it.

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It had to be a form of healing, somewhat cathartic, because she does not put herself in a good light. My honest opinion of this book is: the mom put her career before her family and was rarely involved - even when she was needed. Throughout the book, many times it was mentioned where her daughter asked her mom to please come to her, and most times, the mom didn't.

My impress When I completed this book, I really thought about it for a few days after. My impression was she turned a blind eye to situations that were uncomfortable or "wrong". I was very disappointed in how much the mom didn't know or didn't choose to deal with. I wouldn't recommend this book. I wish I hadn't read it. I liked Whitney Houston too much - I didn't need to know that kind of info.


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Mar 01, Free Library of Northampton rated it really liked it. Cissy did a great job of explaining how much she loved Whitney and the book shed light into why Whitney's life turned out the way it did. The books also exemplifies how much Cissy loved her daughter and at the same time shows that Cissy allowed Whitney to live her own life and make her own choices and mistakes. In the end, I believe that Whitney just wanted to sing but she got caught up in bad things because of the choices she made.

May 16, Lexy rated it it was amazing. This was a very touching book written by her mother. I think going into this book you need to keep in mind it was written by her mom. No mother is going to write a book full of smut about their daughter. This is filled with positive memories and stories of how Nippy became Whitney Houston. It was nice to read facts about her that weren't all tainted by her drug use. I really enjoyed this and it gave me a greater appreciation for her and her music.

Feb 13, Samantha Rada rated it it was ok. I am surprised by all the positive reviews for this book. Nothing new was learned in this book. Over half of it told the history of Cissi Houston's career and in the end I just felt sad that Cissi didn't really know Whitney at all. Jun 26, Anitra rated it liked it. This book was more about Cissy Houston than Whitney Houston.

It should be entitled Remember Cissy. Whitney Elizabeth Houston was one of the best singers in the world. Oprah called her "The Voice". She was brought in a musical family. Whitney's cousin, Dionne Warwick, is an award-winning artist and still active in music industry. Once, Whitney was on her peak singing "I Will Always Love You" with her flawless voice that gave shivers to millions of pe Whitney Elizabeth Houston was one of the best singers in the world.

Once, Whitney was on her peak singing "I Will Always Love You" with her flawless voice that gave shivers to millions of people around the world. Once, Whitney was a complete package: a beautiful young woman with unbelievably-perfect voice and a pleasant attitude. She was a gifted artist with a bright future in front of her. She was born to be a diva. But, that moment didn't last long. She was struggling with her personal demons, was a victim in domestic abuse.

On February 11, , the lights went off. The diva has gone. I was sad when I heard the news. How could I forget that day. Whitney is one of my heroes.

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Her songs are everlasting. It happened on my birthday last year. I was sad, but not shocked, because somehow I could see it coming. What's in store for a drug addict? It doesn't take a genius to predict the future of druggies. It's just about time. This is a heartbreaking memoir of a mother who lost her beloved daughter.

I believe Cissy was telling the truth. So many facts that were confirmed in this book. Whitney had a drug problem long before she met Bobby Brown. When she met Bobby for the first time on Soul Train Awards, they just clicked, and not long after that, they got married. People were shocked. Whitney and Bobby, what a joke. Whitney had a squeaky clean image.


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On the other hand, Bobby was a bad boy. People knew that he was kicked out of New Edition due to his recklessness. And things got worse after Whitney had a baby, Bobbi Christina Krissi. Whitney was on a long hiatus, partying with his notorious husband, and nobody wanted to hear Whitney sing anymore. She released some albums. She canceled some concerts. Everyone knew she had a problem with drugs. Until she was kicked out of Academy Awards Performance. She'd shown erratic behavior during rehearsals, couldn't memorize her lines. And that's it.

Cissy knew Whitney had a problem, but she couldn't save her daughter. Whitney hid her addiction. She had all the power to fire her people if 'Barracuda' Cissy's nickname found out about that. So, nobody dared to talk. Sadly, Whitney's brothers were on the same boat, which hurt Cissy even more. That was the end of Whitney's career. The night before Grammy Awards , Whitney's erratic behavior bursted out at a club after she sang "Jesus Loves Me". She had a catfight with a woman who was rumored to be Ray Jay's girlfriend. Ray Jay is Brandy's brother. Ray and Whitney were rumored to be couple. But according to Bobby Brown's sister, Ray was never Whitney's lover.

He was nothing but a drug dealer. Whitney's death was surrounded by mysterious circumstances. So many odd things happened during that day. For example, Clive Davis's Pre-Grammy Party was held when Whitney died, but nobody wanted to stop partying when the news broke. While Whitney's dead body was lying at the hotel room, people were partying below. Second, Bobby Brown's sister confirmed that Whitney hated to soak in the bath tub.

She believed there waa a foul play involved. I don't want to remember Whitney as a drug addict. To me, Whitney was a beautiful woman who touched so many people with her amazing voice. Rest in peace, Whitney. Apr 27, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: reviews-by-denise. Feb 11, Shelley M.

Whitney Houston died on my birthday, so the week before my birthday seemed like a good time to listen to this audiobook. I liked Whitney Houston a lot when I was little, but I didn't really know that much about her personal life, or most of the events that her mom talks about in the book. It was kind of a funny book, because Cissy told her own whole life story too, like it's probably a third of the way into the book before Whitney is even born.

And Cissy clearly loves Whitney a lot, but she also Whitney Houston died on my birthday, so the week before my birthday seemed like a good time to listen to this audiobook.

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And Cissy clearly loves Whitney a lot, but she also makes a lot of stuff about herself. I think Robin Miles' dramatic reading really added to how over-the-top it was. You could just hear the disdain dripping when Robyn Crawford or Bobby Brown came up. Every time, she's all "Now, I did not care for Robyn Crawford. We know. So it was kind of quirky, but it was a touching tribute to her daughter, and I learned a lot about Whitney. Cissy described her as such a sweet girl who just wanted everyone to like her.

She just seemed so nice and huge-hearted, and it's so sad that she had so many struggles and died so young. I feel like hardcore Whitney fans would already know most of the stuff in the book, but I still recommend it to all fans. Apr 10, Vertrees rated it it was amazing. Loved this book. I grew up listening to Whitney Houston , and it was interesting to hear the details behind her downfall. Not the gossip, but the reason Whitney may have been a victim of drugs. Her mom described her as wanting to please others and desperate to avoid conflict. She clearly loved a troubled man, but her problems with drugs began before him.

She may have had a lesbian relationship, too, and that would have been a shame if the inability to be herself could have contributed to her ins Loved this book. She may have had a lesbian relationship, too, and that would have been a shame if the inability to be herself could have contributed to her instability. Her mom was a trip. The book was very strait forward, easy to read, and came across as honest and sincere. Her mom is clueless in many things. Obviously the drug use of her kids, but her relationship with her husband, too.

She started her relationship with him why he was married, yet she is shocked he did the same thing to her. It was interesting for her describe his first wife bawling in church at his funeral. She still doesn't get it. Overall, would definitely recommend the book to anyone who is curious about Whitney Houston. Feb 09, Laurie rated it really liked it.

Being a mother, I could relate to Cissy's pain and anguish of having her daughter die before her. I thought the story was well told. Whitney or Nippy as her Mom called her was a beautiful, talented singer who made several bad decisions. It must be hard being her mother and having to watch from the sidelines as your daughter makes those decisions and not being able to help. Even the one time she tried to intervene, Cissy could not stop the hold that drugs had on her daughter. The most painful th Being a mother, I could relate to Cissy's pain and anguish of having her daughter die before her.

The most painful thing for Cissy was that her daughter did not confide in her or go to her when she needed help and she had no control over that. Ultimately, however, as Cissy expressed, our children have their own lives to lead and we can only let them go and love them, hoping that they fulfill their destiny here on earth whatever that may be. Whitney gave a lot to the world her 48 years with us. I am grateful she was here and left us with her beautiful music. I have never been drawn to drugs, but I hope for those who are, that they learn from Whitney's experience.

Apr 26, Marisa Gonzalez rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir. Cissy Houston's memoir of life with Whitney. Some are saying they did not like how Cissy spoke more about her life than Whitney's. While some parts about her music career did drag I think her story sheds some light on Whitney's life growing up such as her mother leaving the family to perform around the country and Whitney pretending she was from "the bricks.

Others mention how Cissy did not know much about th Cissy Houston's memoir of life with Whitney. Others mention how Cissy did not know much about the drugs. I believe she does know more about the drugs but feels she should not have to drag her daughter's memory through the dirt like so many of the tabloids.

I also liked how she didn't blame anyone for the drugs and stated Whitney was a woman who made her own choices. She also didn't try to speak for Bobbie Kristina instead stating Bobbie will tell her story in her own time. I highly recommend this book. Mar 19, Jay rated it liked it Shelves: ebooks. The basic gist of this memoir is Cissy going "I had no idea what was going on with Whitney and those drugs. People told me things but I didn't believe them because I didn't see it with my own eyes.

If only she would have asked me for help but she didn't. There was nothing in there that w The basic gist of this memoir is Cissy going "I had no idea what was going on with Whitney and those drugs. There was nothing in there that we didn't already know; hell, that Whitney didn't say herself in those interviews with Diane Sawyer and Oprah. The only two things I learned were view spoiler [that Whitney had a miscarriage before she married Bobby and she got cut on her face that required plastic surgery hide spoiler ].

Everything else was stuff we all knew already. Jun 25, Desiree rated it it was amazing. I didn't grow up while Whitney Houston was in her prime but I do know a couple of her most popular songs. She wasn't a celebrity I paid much attention to but through this book I feel like I know and understand her better. This book is beautifully written and portray Whitney as Cissy one and only daughter not as Whitney Houston the great singer. I enjoyed reading this book although some parts were extremely sad.

This is proof that everybody is a person first and even celebrities have real problem I didn't grow up while Whitney Houston was in her prime but I do know a couple of her most popular songs. This is proof that everybody is a person first and even celebrities have real problems. Feb 11, Diane rated it liked it. Whitney Houston's untimely death was very sad, but not surprising. Her mother is obviously still grieving. I do not think this book revealed much of Whitney at all, and it may have highlighted actually how alienated most of her family, especially her mother, was from her.

I think the title was an ill-fitting description of the book. The book and this is not a bad thing because Cissy's life was fascinating was about Cissy Houston and not very much about the loss of Whitney or the 'night the mus Whitney Houston's untimely death was very sad, but not surprising. The book and this is not a bad thing because Cissy's life was fascinating was about Cissy Houston and not very much about the loss of Whitney or the 'night the music stopped.

Jul 24, Ian Walcott-Skinner rated it really liked it. If you are a big Whitney Houston fan like I am, then your curiosity will get the better of you when you start to read this page-turner. Cissy gave a very personal and guarded account into both their lives. As the book cover photo suggests, their lives were intricately interwoven yet very private and separate. The moral of the story, IMHO, is not to judge anyone by their imperfections but support them where they most need help.