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by Debbie Nelson

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Where to begin with this review? My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem was written by Debbie Nelson/Mathers/Mathers-Briggs whatever name she is going by these days. For those unfamiliar, Eminem and his mother have a difficult (to say the least) relationship-she has sued him, meddled in his relationship with Kim, and been the subject of many of his songs, most notably about her "pill-popping".

For those of us who grew up in the late 90's/early 2000's listening to Eminem and/or for those of us who are fans/admirers, it's hard to not be biased toward Debbie. She claims fame has changed their relationship totally, and fame alone (and Kim, according to her) are to blame for the strained relationship between her and her son. Which I might buy.....except Madonna has a good relationship with her father, and she has lived the majority of her adult life being famous. Debbie also claims other things....such as she didn't intend to sue Marshall for money, Marshall only married Kim so Hallie could be a flower girl at their wedding, since she was supposed to be flower girl for a relative but got stage fright, she is only writing this book to tell her sons she loves them and it has nothing to do with money....it goes on and on. She says contradictory things, like "8 Mile was the Eminem movie based on Marshall's life" (not entirely true) and then complains fans hate on her and harass her about 8 Mile, when it was only based on his life, not an actual biopic. I won't go into Nathan being taken away, her many sue-happy incidents and the many moves back and forth between MO and MI.

Simply because of Debbie's bias, and because you know the majority of the book is unfairly slanted, it was hard to sit back and enjoy. There are many never before-seen family pictures, including some of Kim, Hallie and other family members, and of course plenty of Marshall. Also, don't be fooled into thinking the entire book is about Marshall and Marshall alone-Debbie loves to talk about herself, his illnesses and her many problems. To be honest, I take Marshall's side and don't believe much of what Debbie has to say based on how she states one thing and then claims another. There are many other books on him that are of much better quality-try one of those instead. ( )
  eightambliss | Feb 25, 2012 |
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