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Life with My Sister Madonna

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Madonna up close, by the brother who knows her better than anyone.Christopher Ciccone's extraordinary memoir is based on his forty-seven years of growing up with, working with, and understanding the most famous woman of our time, who has intrigued, scandalized, and entertained millions for half a century.

Through most of the iconic star's kaleidoscopic career, Christopher p
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 14th 2008 by Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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Jul 17, 2008 Abeni rated it did not like it
This book was INCREDIBLY bad. Perhaps the worst I've ever read, and I've read a lot of books!

I'll qualify this review by telling you that I chose this book at the airport because I wanted something simple and fun to read on my 14 hour flight to Tokyo. So, it's probably my own fault for ending up with such a worthless book.

My two main criticisms of the book are as follows:

1. The quality of the writing in this book was completely sub-par and even what I would call lazy at times. Christopher might
Jul 29, 2008 Rose rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Madonna fans, my sister
Recommended to Rose by: Mikey
It's a quick & dirty read. Exactly what I wanted! We hear enough about Madge & alot about Christopher's experience of their relationship. None of her fans imagined her as a kissy/huggy type & she's definately not ~and her brother shows both the good & bad sides of his experience with her. (He's learned she'll sell out anyone & now, it's HIS TURN.)

Now, for Lola's tell all! THAT will be good! You know that kid is gonna have ISSUES with a control freak mom.
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 12, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok
I have never been a fan of Madonna. It’s just that practically my young adult life was bombarded by her music. I was in college when she dished out Holiday and during our graduation partyI repeatedly heard her Borderline and at that time, her MTV of Like a Virgin was played almost everyday in a music video channel on the telly. I still remember her prancing, dancing, gyrating wearing a bridal gown riding an Italian gondola shrieking Like a virgin/ touch of the very first time/like a viirrrgin/wh ...more
Aug 05, 2008 Joe rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: MADONNA FANS
My biggest beef with this book is how insanely delusional Christopher is. There really wasn't a point to this book at all besides Christopher cashing in on his sister's name. In the end, it makes Christopher look bad not Madonna.

There are no new insights to Madonna as a person or an entertainer and everything Christopher reveals about her is pretty much common knowledge to Madonna's fans. We all know she can be a bitch. We all know she's an opportunist. We all know she's driven and focused.

Bobby Simic
Aug 31, 2008 Bobby Simic rated it did not like it
I should begin by saying that I admire and respect Madonna and the ambition and drive that have kept her in the spotlight for so long. And I love her music. I would consider myself a huge fan, but I don't actually like her.

In her brother's blah-titled and poorly written memoir, "Life with My Sister Madonna," the Material Mum comes off as spoiled, demanding, cold, neurotic, stingy, and self-centered. And I ask, "Is this surprising to anyone, even to her fans?"

Christopher Ciccone's account is neit
Jul 21, 2008 Shelby rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
Christopher comes across as a spiteful, celebrity obsessed, hanger-on who is clearly suffering from a severe case of jealousy.

Why is he always broke? After reading for the 12th time that he has "reluctantly" taken another job offer from his sister, I starting thinking "enough already!" If he hates working for her so much, than find another employer,'s something he hasn't thought of.....SAVE some money instead of going to overpriced clubs with Naomi Campbell and living a lifestyle he
William Wardall
Nov 18, 2012 William Wardall rated it really liked it
I read this in a weekend. I avoided the book for a few years thinking it was crappy that he wrote it. But I admit it was an interesting perspective and even though I know there are two sides to every story and I do think that Christopher Ciccone is a bit of an addict (even though he assures you 100 times in the book that he is not), in the end she's a self serving spotlight chaser which is no surprise. still as a child of the 80's and a Madonna fan up until a few years ago when she stopped singi ...more
Eva Leger
Sep 22, 2008 Eva Leger rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading garbage
I'm not at all impressed. This was a HUGE waste of time to. Madonna's brother is so angry that she went further than him in life and he doesn't even have the you-know-whats to come out and admit it. He has to throw little digs in here and there while pretending to sing her praises. What a joke. Does anyone really care if her brother (who I'd never heard of before this book by the way) thinks she slept with two DJs in New York to get her record played? And, let's be frank, what if she did? Last I ...more
Aug 07, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
I borrowed this from a friend at work who revels in celebrity gossip and said he really liked this...

I thought it was total crap. It was written very poorly and Ciccone jumps around from story to story, often going on tangents...

But it was delicious crap and I did really enjoy reading it. Despite the poor writing, some of the stories are very entertaining, especially the bits about Madonna as a child and Christopher's various experiences with Madonna's boyfriends (Sean Penn, Warren Beatty and
Inken Purvis
Oct 19, 2015 Inken Purvis rated it it was ok
Okay, I admit it; I only read this because I was totally jones-ing for something trashy and scandalous. What can I say: guilty as charged? HOWEVER, I also want to confess I hugely enjoyed it. A supposedly tell-all book by Madonna’s younger brother Christopher it is full of anecdotes, gossip, character assassination (sorry, I mean analysis) and actually surprisingly revelatory about what it’s like to be part of the inner circle of an international megastar. As a child of the 80s I always remember ...more
Dec 28, 2008 Renee rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the lightness of this book, it is an easy, and fun read and not as one-sided as I thought it would be. If only a fraction of what is written is true, it still would be disturbing. For example; Madonna earns over 55 million a year and yet had her sibling pay for their own tickets and acomodations to her wedding. I am surprised that given her pro involvement with gay rights that she married such an openly homophobic man as Guy Ritchie.
Sep 07, 2008 Judy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: rabid madonna fans
Madonna is bossy and self-centered. Yawn. I want to see the copy BEFORE the lawyers got to it. The only new info I gleaned was that she paid her brother to swab her sweaty boobies. Yuck.
Apr 17, 2012 Coleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8/28/09 - Though many might disagree with me, I found this memoir surprisingly well-written, or at least very engaging, and I had trouble not reading it all in one sitting. Whether you like Madonna or not, her brother Christopher lays it all out & I think you'll come away with an altered perspective after reading this. Of course, there are always two sides to a story, and this one's bound to be biased, but I can't help but lose a little respect for Madonna after reading this. I've always had ...more
Brandon H.
Mar 28, 2014 Brandon H. rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
I never thought I'd find myself reading a book about Madonna. I've never been a big fan of hers but after driving by her dad's vineyard multiple times and then seeing this book at the local library, I began to wonder what their lives were like.

This book reminded me of a couple of things.

1). Fame and fortune doesn't change you but it is powerful in that it brings out what's in your soul.

Tim Keller makes the point in his book, "Counterfeit Gods" that many think fame will change their lives and m
Aug 03, 2008 Meredith rated it liked it
Completely self-serving, as far as I can tell. Although you can certainly identify and relate to Christopher, you kind of wonder what his whole point is, besides making a dollar. And I did walk away with a bit more respect for Madonna, who clearly is a masterful businesswoman.
Sep 21, 2008 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Madonna Fans
Recommended to Marsha by: Saw book in bookstore
Christopher Ciccone is Madonna's most famous family member as he was in and out of the singer's life throughout her career. I remember when Madonna out-ed her brother, announcing to the world that he was gay. He was upset with this. However, her reaction was that it was no big deal. Christopher does not paint a pretty picture of his sister. Many of his observations are no secret. The public already knows: She tries to be shocking. She can be rude, a perfectionist, selfish, and a user. But he doe ...more
Heather Novak Bornemeier
I could go on for days about this book. I was really upset that her brother Christopher Ciccone wrote this. When Madonna started out in the beginning she had a close relationship with her brother and helped him out by hiring him for a lot of her shows and throughout the years decorating her house. He spent some time living with her and they would go clubbing together. As time went on, Madonna outgrew the club scene and eventually started settling down with a family of her own. Her brother didn't ...more
Dec 02, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok
I saw this at halfprice books and decided to give it a try. I am not a huge fan of Madonna, but I can appreciate her drive. This book started out well, as Chris Ciccone discussed he and Madonna's childhoods and their early years in New York City. Yet, it became clear that Madonna and her brother became obsessed with fame. Madonna comes across as a cold bitch who only cares about being in the spotlight. No big surprise there. Ciccone seemed to love the fame by association and complains A LOT abou ...more
I was too young to be much of a Madonna fan when she was rising to fame and by the time I knew enough to take more notice of her, my parents had banned this kind of music from our religious household. My only true experiences listening to Madonna's music or seeing her videos came as an adult. I would not describe myself as a huge fan, although I do recognize that she is always progressive and super famous and I can admire her talent & hard work, even though she doesn't necessarily use it in ...more
Mar 11, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
I had to buy this book for my spring break trip because I wanted an easy read with some gossip about my formerly favorite pop idol (no one has replaced her, btw, I just stopped caring about pop stars so much). The book is great although annoying at times because Madonna's brother, while trying to tell us Madonna, also discusses a bit of his own personal life, which is not as interesting to me as his perceptions of her behaviors and attitudes. The details about Madonna are priceless and a reminde ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Ashley rated it it was ok
I pretty much knew going in that this book would be trash. It was a fast read, and probably something I won't remember in five years. From her brother's point of view, Madonna is an icy control freak who is SOOOO UNFAIRRRR. god, there is so much whining in this book. He sometimes perks up with bravery and breaks off ties with Madonna, only to come crawling back, when he realizes that without her connections, he doesn't have much of a shot. I just don't understand how a book could be so terribly ...more
Jan 03, 2010 Richmond rated it it was amazing
I loved this super-juicy tell-all. It left me both envious of, and yet not at all wishing to trade places with Christopher, who served as artistic director, interior decorator, painter, dresser, and art buyer for his superstar sister. Revelations like how sweaty Madonna gets on stage (duh), that Sean Penn was drunk during the entire filming of Shanghai Surprise (and that Bukowski was a frequent, puking houseguest), and that Madonna is a tight-fisted miserly taskmaster who loves to get her ass ki ...more
Robin Nicholas
May 02, 2009 Robin Nicholas rated it it was ok
I am not too surprised by the overall feeling that Madonna is controlling, egocentric, cheap, cold, tough and
a hard ass. Don't you need to be those things to get a big as Madonna is? I liked reading this book, just like I like my gossip websites....but it wasn't a great book. It is "written" by Madonna's brother Christopher, who has serious issues himself. This is one of those stories that you have to think that there are always two sides to every story. I believe that these are Christopher's i
Feb 02, 2009 AF rated it it was ok
You know, I'm a pretty big fan of Madonna (since I was a young kid), but I just don't care about what her family members thought of her performance in a middle school talent show, how sweaty she is during costume changes between songs, how uncomfortable her brother/assistant is at seeing her boobs, or any psychological insight about "who Madonna really is." I think I just want to dance to her music and blindly deify her. I'll hold out for the day where she writes her own book and confesses (on a ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Cindy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Madonna fans
I have a fascination with Madonna.. along with millions of other people.. I've just started this book and I'm hooked. :)

Well I have to say that I was disappointed because I really thought that the diva Madonna was going to be so different from the real Madonna, however, she's not according the her brother. Christopher Ciccone claims that Madonna is a horrible, selfish, greedy person even to family. That everything revolves around her and if people don't agree to this, then they are shunned.

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Jun 01, 2016 Ilya Puchkovsky rated it did not like it
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Apr 22, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
I feel so uneasy after finishing this book. Reading all the details of their relationship has left me feeling like a nasty voyeur. I'm a fan of Madonna and have been since I was 14 years old (21 years ago). I've always had the idea that she may be a difficult but I hoped I was wrong. I chose to believe she did what she had to do to gain fame, fortune and notoriety however, in my heart I also chose to believe she was a good person deep down. Well what a slap in the face I got as this book proved ...more
Richard Ayers
Jun 11, 2016 Richard Ayers rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
This was entertaining read.
I have been a Madonna fan since she first emerged into the spotlight, so it was interesting seeing her from the perspective of someone so close to her. However, the book never made me feel any closer. In fact, Christopher's portrayal of Madonna throughout the entire book was distant, as if she were merely a ghost. In addition, the book seemed to be a lashing out.

While I can imagine that Madonna casts a rather large shadow, it seemed Christopher was content to ride on
Patrick Limcaco
Mar 29, 2015 Patrick Limcaco rated it it was ok
Celebrity memoirs and autobiographies are two of my favorite genres because they represent a marriage of literature and non-literature entertainment. It is not always a perfect marriage seeing as some celebrity memoirs suffer from lack of ambition to be anything other than an arbitrary dabbling into book writing. Sometimes it could be a complete waste of time if tells you things you’ve already seen in VH1 Behind the Music, the Biography channel or E! Channel. There are some truly juicy emails to ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Sara rated it it was ok
Entertaining, not great but I enjoyed it. I had no idea he was so involved in her career and life ( although who knows if this is true or not) so the whole book just wondering if he's seeking revenge and fabricating or if it's true.... He goes back and forth between being grateful for opportunities she's given him and being taken for granted because he's family....he second guesses his success in art, interior design, director, stage manager due to being madonnas brother, and ultimately fans jus ...more
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Christopher G. Ciccone is the brother of Madonna, and has worked as Madonna's assistant, dresser, backup dancer, stylist, and artistic director. He is an artist and interior decorator by profession.
He is also co-author of the book Life with My Sister Madonna which has sparked controversy due to claims about Madonna's personal life. In the book, he criticizes her lifestyle, saying that she is a "co
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