Loving Amy

Loving Amy

A Mother's Story

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"Arguably the most gifted artist of her generation, Amy Winehouse died tragically young, aged just twenty-seven. With a worldwide fan base and millions of record sales to her name, she should have had the world at her feet. Yet in the years prior to her death, she battled with addiction and was frequently the subject of lurid tabloid headlines. Amy's mother, Janis, knew her in a way that no one else did. In this warm, poignant, and at times heartbreaking memoir, she tells the full story of the daughter she loved so much. As the world watched the rise of a superstar, then the free fall of an addict to her tragic death, Janis simply saw her Amy: the daughter she'd given birth to, the girl she'd raised and stood by despite her unruly behavior, the girl whose body she was forced to identify two days after her death--and the girl she's grieved for every day since. Including rare photographs and extracts from Amy's childhood journals, Loving Amy offers a new and intimate perspective on the life and untimely death of a musical icon."--Front dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781466890688
1466890681
9781250078490
1250078490
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 W725W 2016
Characteristics: 297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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AL_TIEGAN Jan 12, 2017

A very different read than the biography written by Amy's father. While he was a little closer to the story and knew a bit more of the sordid details of Amy's life after she became famous, Janis kept her distance because of her diagnosis with MS and her need to watch her own health. Throughout Amy's struggle with fame and drugs, Janis kept herself planted in reality. She knew the dangers of Amy's choices, but also knew that there was almost nothing she could do. The only way Amy was going to get better was if Amy decided she wanted to get better. While Mitch's approach was to try to micro-manage and yell at Amy and force her into rehab after rehab, Janis just tried to take every moment with Amy as she could. Whenever she saw her little girl acting normal, she cherished those moments, and just continued to stand by her daughter and let her know she was loved no matter what she was going through. I am glad I chose to read both biographies, they both give a wonderful insight into Amy's struggles, as well as the different ways her family struggled. Like her family, I am sad she was gone too soon, just as she was really getting a handle on her addictions. All of her hopes and dreams for life were taken from her because of her addictions and that is just heartbreaking. But I love how Mitch and Janis both promote the work the Amy Winehouse foundation does for people like Amy who are less fortunate with money - they really work to help save others struggling with addiction and helping their families learn how best to get through it, too.

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