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Eminem: The Way I Am


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EMINEM, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor from Detroit, Michigan.


Verdict: In time to bank on the publicity of Eminem's new memoir and forthcoming album, his mother, Nelson, releases her side of the story in an autobiography that is not a necessary purchase. Eminem himself, however, offers an illuminating look into his writing process that is highly recommended for popular music collections in public and high school libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/08.] Background: Marshall Mathers III, aka Eminem, has produced a richly illustrated account of his life and career, complete with never-before-seen photographs and stunning reproductions of his lyric sheets, which offer a revealing look at his frenzied imagination. The DVD features unreleased footage with Eminem's narration. Nelson, infamous for filing a $10 million defamation lawsuit against her son, offers her version of their fraught family history. She derides those who cling to Eminem's coattails hoping for a little reflected fame and easy money without acknowledging that with this book, she has joined their ranks.-Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"The biggest rapper in history."-Rolling Stone

"The best rapper alive."-Vibe magazine

"Part autobiography, part photo gallery, part ephemera collection, it's a handsome roundup for an artist who has been notoriously reluctant to discuss his personal life anyplace but in his music."-New York Times

"There is this guy Eminem. He has created a sense of what is possible. He has sent a voltage around a generation. He has done this not just through his subversive attitude but also his verbal energy."-Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

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