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A Sick Life: TLC 'n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage

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Hailed by Rolling Stone as "the most effervescent and soulful girl group anyone has seen since the Supremes," five-time Grammy Award winning supergroup TLC has seen phenomenal fame and success. But backstage, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins has lived a dual life. In addition to the balancing act of juggling an all-consuming music career and her family, Tionne has struggled with sic ...more
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Published September 12th 2017 by Rodale Books
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Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2017
I've had "Waterfalls" stuck in my head all day.

TLC is the highest selling group in history and Tionne "T-Boz"Watkins is (I believe) the heart and soul of the group. This book had me rolling with laughter at times and feeling sad at other times. Man, I really miss Left Eye. I still remember where I was when I heard Left Eye was gone. It felt so awful. We had just lost Aaliyah 8 months before not to mention 9/11was 7 months earlier. It was a rough time.

T-Boz is blunt and real. She is the truth. S
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
If you are looking for real behind the scenes information, you will surely be disappointed. This book was a carefully crafted PR move to control the narrative of her celebrity. She was tired of being defined by TLC and the gossip rags, so this book was to tell you want she wants to know about her.
Except Tionne didn’t reveal anything worth hearing other than how Left Eye got her mark where she wore the black paint like a football player.

This audiobook was so boring and lacking anything I haven’t
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this memoir. I listened to this book on my library hoopla account. The book, narrated by T-Boz herself included music from TLC as well as solo music from the artist herself. The book reads like a street lit bestseller. To read more of this review and to see an exclusive video of T-Boz talking about her book on KTLA 5 click here. ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-memoirs
I am in the minority when I say that I did not grow up listening to TLC. Granted that I am familiar with the majority of their songs, not many songs I am familiar with. There are only some songs that I know such as No Scrubs, Waterfalls,Unpretty and many of their hit songs. However, I know that there are one of the best selling female groups of all time, having sold over 10 million or more copies in the United states and twice or more overseas. My expectations reading this book was to know more ...more
Dusky Literati
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Disclaimer: received free from publisher
Leslyn Berry
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Love It. I can relate to being in the hospital. It was touching.

I love it. I can relate to being in the hospital. I have Scoliosis and Raynauds' syndrome and pain knows pain. It was touching
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I’ve always loved TLC since I was a child getting my big brother to call and request their videos to play on The Box channel (I’m showing my age 😂, anybody else remember The Music Box/The Box?). Their first album was the first cassette tape I owned and I still remember the Fanmail tour stop in MSG as one of my favorite concerts. I even bought T-Boz’s book of poetry when it came out. “Unpretty” helped get me through high school and build my self-confidence. I say all of this to say that reading t ...more
This was fine. I'd probably have liked it more if I read it to learn more about TLC and her general life, but I was hoping for more about her struggles with her chronic illness, sickle cell disease. It's there, but she really focuses on the major health crises she had and not how she had to manage it. I was hoping for a more relatable story. While she says that she is sharing her story so that other people can see that they can overcome illness, really, she just feeds that narrative of pushing t ...more
Rhina M. Finley
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She is a warrior! The fact that she performed with Sickle Cell and has battled so many challenges is just amazing. She was so brutally honest in her reflections. Although this was her bio she gave so much insight into other artists she encountered over her life including Suge Knight, Aretha Franklin, Pebbles, Puff Daddy, and of course Left Eye. She talked about her beginnings, personal relationships, grief, motherhood, and a different career path. She never gave up.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the audiobook version, read by T-Boz herself. A very honest and entertaining memoir.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: auto-bios
I might be bias......She my
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of TLC but not a big fan of this book. Tionne has survived the odds and has overcome some major hurdles in her life, but I still wasn't able to fully connect to this book.

I even tried listening to the audiobook but that ended up boring me to tears. Tionne's monotone voice made the story drag so much that I had to continue reading the book on my Kindle.
Lisa Mcbroom
Inspirational book by the member of one of my favorite groups... TLC monikers of Waterfalls, Scrubs ,Unpretty. Watkins writes of her struggle with sickle cell anemia and how she did things that were impossible. It was a very comforting and inspirational book to read.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops
SHE CONTINUES TO DEFY THE ODDS!!! This is Tionne’s story and honestly, the TLC story never gets old to me. They are legendary and I loved them in House Party 3 too!

Although I’ve seen their biopic and the Netflix show about them there were things that I did not know about T-Boz that I quite enjoyed learning in this memoir. I liked how she handled herself overall as a woman and how her illness never let her be less of a person— she wanted stardom and she received it. I love how she loved her famil
Erin Cataldi
The first parental advisory CD I was ever allowed to purchase was TLC's "Fanmail" and that album was FIRE. "No Scrubs" was my jam and even though I came late to loving TLC, I was definitely a fan. I was even excited to see them open for New Kids on the Block a few years ago. That being said, I never knew much about the pop group, I knew that one of them died and one of them sometimes got sick but that was about it. "A Sick Life" goes into T-Boz's story about her childhood, her battle with Sickle ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-keepers
Clear-cut, down-to-earth, smooth her TLC sound, and solid good pacing I really loved the fluency of Tionne telling her story. Reading about Sickle Cell was particularly eye-opening. Her view on medicine and physicians, on point. Loved her relationship with her mother, grandmother, and friends like Jessica; and actually the relationship between the R&B group TLC. More to the point, I respected the level-headedness of the telling of the overall story and the dual premise behind the ti ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I was a huge fan of TLC back in the day, so I was eager to get some behind-the-scenes scoop on the group, the music industry, and Watkins' health struggles. There were some interesting stories, but nothing really too exciting. Also, Watkins' portrays herself as a role model--someone who has dealt with many tragedies (deaths, near death experiences of her own, etc.). But there was one incident described where Watkins injures a woman so badly she is in the hospital for 2 months. It was hard for me ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Behind the scenes, T-Boz is one hardworking woman. Really enjoyed hearing about all the different aspects of her life.
Toyin Oshinowo
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book gave me life!! As someone who has Sickle Cell I love the fact that T-Boz was totally blunt and honest about her experience with the disorder. I also appreciated the fact that that was only part of her story which was and is colourful and full of determination and humour.

Well done!!
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Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about the legendary girl group TLC, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins delivers this satisfying memoir that adds even more dimension to their already well known story.

In A Sick Life TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage, Tionne walks the reader carefully through some the most memorable moments of her life. Page after page she produces personal, emotional and sometimes funny, behind the scene stories that are sure to keep your interest from the fir
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tionne is an amazingly strong woman, and I admire her courage in sharing this story. It’s apparent throughout these pages that she’s a very private person though and she doesn’t divulge as much as readers might be hoping for.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have fangirled TLC for more than 20 years, and I'm not a 90s music proponent. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Rfozonda "Chilli" Thomas and the late Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopez brought visual as well as musical trends to the party; with their fashion pops of color; contrasting flow of loose/casual comfort and body-conscious streamlining. Furthermore, they each stood out as individuals; anyone who was anyone back in the day knows exactly to which respective members *CrazySexyCool* (the title of their smash s ...more
Tracie Momie
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of the band.

The Story:

A very “meh” book for me. It would probably have been better read off the page instead of an audiobook as I just didn’t like the narration. Content wise this book was interesting. We learn of course about T-Boz’s early years and how the band came together. We heard a lot about their struggles with their management and label. We also learn about disputes wit
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the lead singer of Grammy-winning supergroup TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins has seen phenomenal fame, success, and critical acclaim. But backstage, she has lived a dual life. In addition to the balancing act of juggling an all-consuming music career and her family, Tionne has struggled since she was a young girl with sickle-cell disease--a debilitating and incurable condition that can render her unable to perform, walk, or even breathe.
A Sick Life chronicles Tionne's journey from a sickly young
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the 1990s, I can recall sitting on the couch and watching a new group's music video. That group was TLC, and I didn't know much about them, but it was clear they were game changers in the music industry. With their unique sound and eye-catching outfits, they definitely stood out.

Recently, I was browsing at the local library and saw this, the lead singer T-Boz's memoir, and just had to pick it up. I learned a lot about how the group formed and developed their relationships and music, but I a
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short but sweet memoir from the "frontwoman" of legendary 90s trio TLC.

I wasn't a fan of TLC until I saw them live when they toured with Montell Jordan and Boys II Men. They blew the fellas away onstage. I was hooked from then on. They were about 10 years ahead of everyone else with their art, so they burned bright and fast before it all ended with the tragic accidental death of Lisa Lopes.

Tionne of course had a complicated life before TLC, with a lifelong chronic illness that took decades to ge
Donna Bennett
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sick memoir (TOP DEFINITION:
that's sick; something that is exceptionally cool). I listened to the audiobook that I received from the publisher via LibraryThing Early Reviewers, and I’m so thankful I did so. Tionne Watkins reads the details of her career, family, friends, acquaintances. Health and death in a very honest and considerate of others way.

The audio also included a couple of songs that you wouldn’t have heard unless you asked “Alexa” to play TLC, one of the most famous gir
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am fortunate to have received a copy of this amazing book from a goodreads giveaway. I absolutely connected with the author, Tionne Watkins (T-BOZ) immediately and loved the book. T-BOZ writes from the heart in an honest way that does not always show her in the most favorable light. It is this honest approach that engrossed me in the memoir. I respect her frank way of telling her story from struggles with Sickle Cell to her time on the Celebrity Apprentice. I have spent a good portion of my li ...more
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Tionne Watkins, better known by her stage name T-Boz, is an American singer, songwriter, model, dancer, actress, author, and executive producer. Watkins rose to fame in the early 1990s as the lead singer of the girl-group TLC. She has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC. Watkins went public with her struggle with sickle cell anemia in 1996 and later became one of the spokespersons for Sic ...more

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