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Library Journal
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"The world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman," says Houston of daughter Whitney's death in February 2012. Cissy offers a forthright account of her daughter's life and death. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Whitney Houston may have belonged to the world, but "Nippy" belonged to her mother. Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Houston, with coauthor Dickey (Happy Accidents), writes of the joy of discovering and nurturing her daughter's talents and the sorrow and anger accompanying her premature death. Starting with her own fascinating career, Houston discusses how she revolutionized the background singing industry working with Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, and others. Her life changed with Nippy's birth, and when 12-year-old Whitney decided she wants to sing professionally, Houston helped guide her daughter's career, which included modeling and acting. Houston talks about her efforts to warn her daughter of the dangers of the music industry and to keep her grounded, especially in faith, but this fiercely protective mother could only do so much. Whitney's career is celebrated, and her close relationship with her family is on display, both in text and in accompanying photos. Verdict Whitney Houston was a megastar and fans will appreciate this honest, dignified, yet emotional account of her life from her mother. Those looking for lurid details, especially about Whitney's relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, will be disappointed by her mother's high-road approach. With photos, an index, and a discography for mother and daughter, this book is highly recommended.-Terry Bosky, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.