Starting Over

Starting Over

Book - 2011
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La Toya Jackson was always closer to Michael than anyone knew. In this heartfelt memoir, she pays tribute to his tortured soul--revealing the intimate moments she shared with the deeply troubled pop legend. The first sibling to arrive at the hospital after Michael was rushed there, and the informant on his death certificate, La Toya noticed suspicious details and demanded a second autopsy. For the first time, she unveils shocking behind-the-scenes dealings that she believes led to her brother's death, and she provides unprecedented insight into the destruction of one of the most dynamic artist/performers in history.

In an account sure to send shock waves around the globe, La Toya sheds new light on the dynamics of the Jackson family and the curtain of secrecy and intrigue that has surrounded her brother Michael, and the rest of the Jackson children, since they became stars in the '60s and '70s. She explains her estrangement from-- and gradual reconciliation with--one of America's most famous and close-knit families.

Like Michael, La Toya experienced an upbringing that made her vulnerable to exploitation, and her own journey led to hell and back at the hands of her former manager and husband, Jack Gordon. Sharing with honesty and an open heart some of the most painful episodes of her life story, La Toya reveals how anyone--regardless of fame, fortune, or status--can be trapped in a cycle of abuse, and how she was able to find the courage to rebuild her shattered sense of self, her career, and her relationship with her family, and to finally break free.

This tale will touch the hearts of the millions who are fans of the Jackson family's music as well as those who have ever shared a special relationship with a sibling. Not just the story of the world's most renowned family, this memoir will inspire anyone who feels as if their life has fallen apart and there's nowhere to go, unless they too can learn to truly start over. . .
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Gallery Books ; Beverly Hills, CA : Ja-Tail Pub., 2011.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781451620580
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 Jacks
Characteristics: viii, 341 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
Additional Contributors: Phillips, Jeffré


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Mar 11, 2018

Like the rest of the world I have been a fan of Michael my whole life. Michael's talent and love for all people was a gift from God that has yet to be matched. I felt that connection while reading this, which is a credit to LaToya. She has that same light that draws you close, none other than LaToya - aka Toy, aka The Voice of Reason, aka Officer Jackson If You Nasty. Let's just start with the photo of LaToya on the inside jacket. AMAZING! One of the best photos of her showing that undeniable family resemblance (Rebbie, LaToya and Janet could be triplets). Now the book. I couldn't put it down. I knew about the abuse LaToya survived but I did not know how diabolical the situation really was. LaToya has been through it all and deserves to be celebrated. I decided I would not read her first book since she stated that was a total manipulation. She goes into her time in Europe when everyone speculated there was a feud in the family. Then LaToya details the final months with Michael and I fully believed Michael was murdered. LaToya comes with receipts and raises excellent questions and theories about Michael's death and the investigation. It's a shame that the greatest entertainer in the world couldn't enjoy his gift, his life and his children because of the greed, evil and callous disregard that plagues the entertainment industry. But when you are a billion dollar business everybody thinks they are entitled to a piece. Shame on those who took advantage of Michael. Thank you to LaToya for sharing her story and her undying love for her brother. RIP to the King

UptownFunk May 06, 2013

I'm a big fan of michael's and i really didn't read the whole book. i skip to the ending and it made me cry so hard. i felt depressed. how hard his life was. too painful. i now see him/ his life differently than i did before. well written.

bodyforsoul73 Apr 02, 2013

I'm one of the biggest Michael Jackson fan's ever and I liked some of Latoya's music as well and she was always beautiful and sweet and after reading this book you see why she was forced to do things she never wanted to do also the Michael information is shocking about his death a must read !

debwalker Jun 14, 2011

Chronicles the fifth Jackson sibling's challenges in life and her feelings about the death of her brother Michael.

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