Mariah Carey Is Telling Her Own Story (and Recommending Books)

Posted by Cybil on October 2, 2020
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If you haven't heard of record-smashing singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, is there any hope for you? Who else has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and has (so far) had 19 songs topping the Billboard Hot 100?

Since she stepped into the spotlight in the 1990s as a teen sensation the world has been prying into her life. Now it's her turn to tell her story in the most anticipated celebrity memoir of the season with The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

In celebration of the memoir, Carey is answering Goodreads' questions and sharing her book recommendations with us.

Goodreads: Summarize your new book in a couple of sentences.

Mariah Carey: This is the definitive Mariah Carey story. My life has always been told through the lenses of others, and for the first time, I’m sharing my truth unfiltered.

GR: What was it like for you writing this book? What surprised you about the process?

MC: For years, I’ve shared snippets of my story through my songs in lyrics that my fans know well. To now put pen to paper and fully tell these stories and share my life experiences was challenging, but ultimately cathartic. I wouldn’t say I was surprised by anything in particular, but revisiting so many moments in my life that I rarely discuss was certainly a rollercoaster!

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GR: What are some books you’ve been enjoying recently and recommending to friends? What are some of your all-time favorite books and authors?

MC: Ms. Oprah Winfrey herself recommended Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste to me, and I have been absolutely enthralled. This book explores and examines the systems of oppression that affected me so much as a child, a topic I detail in my own memoir. I’m on my second read and truly think this is such an important book that should be considered required reading for all!
I was often ostracized and belittled growing up, so when I first read Push, I was captivated by the character that Sapphire had written. It’s one of the few books that, upon finishing it, I turned back to the first page to read again. I was thrilled when my friend Lee Daniels asked me to be a part of the film adaptation.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love a moment of levity, and Tina Fey has supplied us with so many! When I wasn’t rewatching Mean Girls for the eight hundredth time, Bossypants really kept me laughing during my pregnancy. Her humor is so smart and graceful—“You let it out, honey. Put it in the book!"

GR: What’s a book you wish you could read again for the very first time?

MC: Marilyn by Norman Mailer. I was very young when I first read the book (probably too young!), but I was fascinated by Marilyn Monroe’s story. I studied the glossy photos for hours, and I am still so inspired by her beauty, elegance, and impeccable fashion sense. I felt a kinship with her as I read about her difficulties growing up. Knowing that she had been able to rise above and triumph over her obstacles helped to solidify my belief that I could do the same.

GR: Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

MC: I hope that readers come away from my memoir with not only a deeper understanding of who I am, but also a testament to how one can prevail over obstacles with perseverance and faith in oneself. In addition to reading the memoir, I hope that readers enjoy the expanded experience of listening to the audiobook; being able to interweave my words with songs is exactly how I envisioned the piece when writing it.

Mariah Carey’s The Meaning of Mariah Carey is available now in the U.S. Don’t forget to add it to your Want to Read shelf. Be sure to also read more of our exclusive author interviews and get more great book recommendations.

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message 1: by Bence (new)

Bence Such a great read! Hope Mimi will stick around here!
Let's make Goodreads Lambily a thing! 💖

message 2: by Destiny (new)

Destiny S. Loved the memoir so much and the audiobook was incredible too! Such a great treat as a Lamb 💜 love you, Mariah!

message 3: by Kimi (new)

Kimi I can’t wait to read it! I hope Mariah will share more of what she has read, wants to read and is currently reading.

I went off to college with her eponymous debut album and her music has been the soundtrack for my life.

A lot of her songs are so relatable to my life experiences.

Again, can’t wait to read! I want the book and audiobook!

message 4: by Carly (new)

Carly Treadway Absolutley loved this book can’t wait for your next!🌞🌻

message 5: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle Love her music so I’m excited about her autobiography!

message 6: by Katsuro (last edited Oct 04, 2020 07:19AM) (new)

Katsuro Uh, I think you meant to say that "Michaela Angela Davis is telling Mariah Carey's own story." I know the polite thing to do is to pretend that the non-famous co-writer of a celebrity autobiography hardly needed to add anything, but let's be honest.

La Loves a Little Tea and Books Can't wait to read this book. I've been a fan since the first album while in high school.

Jayden Ferguson Hay

Jayden Ferguson 😘😍😍😘😍😅

message 10: by Jayden Ferguson (new)

Jayden Ferguson Hay like your book

message 11: by Jayden Ferguson (new)

Jayden Ferguson Latanya

message 12: by Sosa Coleone (new)

Sosa Coleone She was so tight by the end she loosened up

message 13: by Sosa Coleone (new)

Sosa Coleone Her life was dry before I read her book

message 14: by Sosa Coleone (new)

Sosa Coleone Her book is interesting I'm happy she let me read it

message 15: by Brianna (new)

Brianna Ruikka Destiny wrote: "Loved the memoir so much and the audiobook was incredible too! Such a great treat as a Lamb 💜 love you, Mariah!" ya

message 16: by Brianna (new)

Brianna Ruikka i loveed the book and wanrt to read it angin

message 17: by D. Linn (new)

D. Linn Whorley I Iove Mariah and LOVE this memoir, absolutely wonderful read!💕

message 18: by Cheapie Mae fay (new)

Cheapie Mae fay Hey I like your books

message 19: by Lori Powell (new)

Lori Powell I like this book

message 20: by Damian (new)

Damian Herman I just finished reading the book and it was fantastic! I bought it Saturday morning and literally could not put it down until I finished!

message 21: by John (new)

John Angel She s telling everything lambs where asking for years. Oops sorry I just use "years" for the shake of this, I don't believe in time either Mimi. Your talent is ageless ❤

message 22: by Tommy (new)

Tommy Alcarez A beautifully written book! As a person who can relate to her upbringing it was inspiring! I always loved Mariah Carey the artist, now this books has made me love Mariah the person even more ! Great book

message 23: by Dustin (new)

Dustin As someone who has kind flirted with the idea of writing my own story, and as someone much more serious about it, I'm definitely adding this one, both as research material, but also to learn more about her. Plus, it sounds like a great read.☺

message 24: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Charles I haven't been able to get the book. But I am searching and turning every table and stone to find it. Mariah's music has such a profound impact on me...I hope to find it on amazon very soon... :)

message 25: by Amariah (last edited Jan 01, 2021 02:12AM) (new)

Amariah Berechiah Boring read, so much left out. So much promised, a letdown.

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