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

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On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early ...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Harper (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kay D.
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linda treglia
Intentionally or unintentionally, Cissy Houston was in the dark about her daughter. While the book does gives the reader sporadic glimpses of who the woman behind "The Voice" really was, there really isnt too much Whitney in this book. Most of this is because Cissy claimed to not really know the extent of her daughter's issues. Much of the book is spent on Cissy's career in the music industry and her marriage, and i found that rather tedious. Regardless of which, i found Cissy Houston to be a no ...more
Stuart Smith
I'll say it. I'm a HUGE Whitney Houston fan. I have been since I played the cassette tape of I wanna dance with somebody in my bedroom and danced in circles to exhaustion. I thought I knew it all...till I read this book. Mrs. Houston has painted a heartfelt and warming portrayal of a woman so close to our hearts and even closer to hers. We are invited to learn of Whitney's upbringing, her highs and her lows, her hopes and her doubts and her never ending faith in God.
I spent the day reading this
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Barbara Morgan
Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped
by Cissy Houston was just an ok book. It is very difficult to write a review about a book on somethng so devastingly personal. I love Whitney and her performance.

A huge portion of this book is about Cissy Houston from her childhood life, singing career, courtship and marriage, to places she traveled.

From the title you would expect the book to be about her mother remembering Whitney. The book should have been about Whit
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Kathryn
The reason that I am giving this book 3 stars is because there isn't an option for half star ratings. I picked up Remembering Whitney because I am a HUGE Whitney fan. When she died, I was shocked and hurt like she was an auntie. I watched that very long funeral like I was a family member.

However, I was left a little disappointed by the book. I guess I thought that because this was a remembrance written by her mother that it would have more.....information in it. I spent the first 110 pages wond
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Hyacinth
This is probably the most difficult book for me to comment on. My heart and emotions are literally all over the place with it. The things Whitney and I have in common: we were the same age, have daughters the same age, were raised in church, love God, and our mothers were strict disciplinarians. That is where the similarities end, lol. Initially when I began reading this book I felt cheated. It started out I thought as an autobiography of Cissy's life. I thought what does this have to do with Wh ...more
Heidi
Four stars: An emotional and informative look at the woman with an amazing voice.

Cissy Houston's her beautiful daughter, Whitney Houston, passed away three years ago. Cissy lost her daughter and the world lost one of the most gifted and talented singers of our time. This is a poignant book that details the life of Whitney or Nippy as Cissy calls her. Cissy shares her memories of her daughter as she rose to fame and catapulted into super stardom with her hit I Will Always Love You. Shortly after,
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Carmen
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 ...more
Ariel
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. Cissy Houston did not disappoint. The woman is the personification of class. There is no doubt that she loved her daughter but a ...more
Mary
When I completed this book, I really thought about it for a few days after. I wondered why Whitney Houston's mom wrote it. 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 ...more
Free Library of Northampton
I wanted to read this book to get Cissy Houston’s perspective. 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.
Matthew
Whitney Houston will always be one of greatest singers of our history and it is a complete tragic how she had so much potential, so much talent and in the end left to mere fragments of the icon she had become in our society. She is one my idols when it comes to music and till this day I still listen to her music and I become completely speechless whenever I hear sing whether it be belting high notes or the smallest ornamentation she makes in her music. I am constantly trying to emulate her style ...more
Samantha  Fowkes
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.
Yuska Vonita

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was one of the best singers in the world. Oprah called her "The Voice". She was brought in a musical family. Her mother, Cissy Houston, was part of the gospel group and worked with prominent artists such as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Luther Vandross. 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
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Vertrees
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 ...more
Laurie
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
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Denise
Remembering Whitney My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped by Cissy Houston
Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped, is a mother’s moving tribute to her daughter’s memory. Though Whitney Houston’s struggles with drugs were well publicized, Cissy Houston devotes much of the book to providing an intimate glance into her relationship with her superstar daughter.

This is not a mother who was blind to her children’s flaws while making excuses for their self-destructive behavior; nor does she portray herself as a “perfect” mother or wife.
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Marisa Gonzalez
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." Those stories give clues that may have affected the choices she made later on in life. Others mention how Cissy did not know much about th ...more
Jay
Mar 27, 2013 Jay rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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." "I'm a don't take no mess kinda woman but I let my kid snort her way into an early grave. If only she would have asked me for help but she didn't." "I can't speak on that because I wasn't there." To which I say, well then what exactly was the point of the book Cissy. There was nothing in there that w ...more
Liebes Buch
(Ich las die deutsche Ausgabe von edel)
"Ich habe all meine Liebe in dieses Buch gesteckt, das euch von meiner Whitney erzählen soll." sagt Cissy Houston anfangs und so ist es. Ich habe zwar alle Lieder von Whitney Houston gekannt aber nur wenig über sie als Person. Ihr Privatleben wurde erst durch ihren Ehemann in die Medien gebracht- und zwar als es ihr schlecht ging. In diesem Buch beschreibt Cissy Houston ihre eigene tragische Familiengeschichte, ihre eigene Karriere und ihre Familie. Das Nes
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Desiree
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 ...more
Daishia
Ms. Houston did a wonderful job showing Whitney as a daughter, woman, and mother; outside of Whitney Houston-"The VOICE". She did what few have wanted to do, which was hold Whitney accountable for Whitney! There could have been more laughter,more stories of good times, but sadly all of Whitney's life wasn't happy.I get that Ms. Houston wanted to show the humble side of her, explain her experiences that lead to her decisions. Hopefully now, she's FINALLY at peace!!
Ian Walcott-Skinner
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. We all have our tragic flaw!
April Frazier
The book was not what I expected. Cissy made no excuses for Nippy and held her daughter fully accountable for the decisions she made that resulted in her untimely death. However, you felt her very strong faith, her grief, her pride, her love and protective nature toward her daughter. I'm not a huge biography fan, but enjoyed the introspection regarding their relationship and Cissy's perceptive of the life and death her famous daughter.
Camille
As a systems thinking marriage and family therapist and a true fan of Whitney I found Cissy view of her daughter through her eyes and experiences enlightening. I felt as though I learned how and why Whitney became the woman she was. Family dynamics play a huge part in who we are as adults...whether you are celebrity or not and Whitney and her brothers' drug addiction says more about tgeir family than her stardom or Bobby.
Jessica
I hestitated reading this book. I was expecting it to be more of a celebrity, poor Whitney and it wasn't at all. It was more of the life of Cissy Houston and more about Whitney towards the end. Sadly we all know the ending but Whitney seemed to be headed down the sad path. Something to be said about Whitney and her two brothers struggling with drug addiction.
Kathy-Diane
Sad. From page one, this book was sad. I don't think Cissy Houston even realizes how much fame distorted her relationship witn her daughter. I doubt that celebrities who become the meal ticket for their family can ever trust that what they share with them is a healthy give and take.
Carla
I learned a great deal about Whitney Houston's life, her parents, and her accomplishments. I especially loved the pictures that were used. Gone too soon, but what amazing work she did and gave to others while she was living.
Joshua Berkov
There are some interesting nuggets of wisdom in this biography and autobiography. If you're interested in knowing more about Whitney Houston's rise to fame and subsequent fall from grace as her drug addiction took hold, this is the book for you. Cissy Houston also goes into some detail about her own career as a backup vocalist, a career which was much bigger, more successful, and more far-reaching than I had known before.

One of the clearest messages that comes through to me from reading this bo
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Sharon Reuben
As a huge Whitney Houston fan! this was an interesting read into how she came to be the voice! Her mothers perspective naturally is based on what she knew and didn't know. It does detail a lot of Cissy Houston's career and it is interwoven with that of Whitney's. The reality is that I don't think the mother knew more than she has written here. There were periods in Whitney's life that were kept hidden from her mother and these were the periods she was most likely drugging. I doubt many mothers a ...more
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Emily "Cissy" Houston (née Drinkard) is an American soul and gospel singer. She led a successful career as a backup singer for such artists as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, is now primarily a solo artist, and has won a Grammy Award for her work.
She is mother of the late singer and actress Whitney Houston, aunt of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and a cousin of Leontyne Price.
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