Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Through the Storm - Lynne Spears

At the end of this week, Lynne Spears, "mother" of entertainment industry train-wrecks Britney and Jamie-Lynn, releases her book about raising her two girls.

When the news first broke of Jamie-Lynne's teenage pregnancy and Britney was doing her damndest to destroy herself and her career, I remember thinking disingenerously to myself "Wow Lynne, look what you raised. You must be so proud."


I'm going to go out on a limb here and confess: I actually love Britney! Her music is pure pop gold and when she is safe, healthy and well there is no one in modern music who can touch her for sheer show stopping performance, energy and killer pop tunes. I think many things happened to her too fast, too young and the last year or so of crazy antics (think in and out of rehab, the hair shaving incident, custody battles, hospitalisations) are a by-product of that.

I also vehemently believe the two people who had the biggest duty to protect her, failed her - her parents.

And I am fairly certain that the last thing Britney, who seems to finally be getting stronger and back on her dancin' feet, needs is a tell all book from her mum.

Surely the paparazzi and gossip rags have enough dirt on your family Lynne that you don't need to go out of your way to generate more? Way to cash in on your daugher's fame Mom. Or is that a share of the money she generates you are after?

Here's the publisher's blurb:

Lynne was just an ordinary Southern mom when the overnight success of her daughter Britney shoved the Spears family into the blinding limelight glare.

Through the Storm takes readers beyond the reach of the paparazzi and outside the narrow orbit of the Hollywood glitterati to share the inside story of the Spears family-as only a mother can tell it. In this openhearted memoir, Lynne speaks about Britney, Jamie Lynn, Bryan, ex-husband Jamie, herself, and their lives together from Louisiana to Los Angeles, including:

Lynne’s backseat role in Britney’s path to fame and how it forever changed their family

Her regret in abdicating parental authority to managers, agents, and record companies

The challenges that shaped Lynne and Jamie’s marriage and how that affected Bryan, Britney, and Jamie Lynn

Her response to Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy

The startling events that led to Britney’s meltdown and Lynne’s showdown with manager Sam Lufti

How faith, family, and friendships have been her harbor in the storm of paparazzi, tabloid scribblers, and gossip hounds

Sincere, self-effacing, sometimes spunky, Lynne’s memoir reveals the heart of a mother who has struggled through difficult times and how she has held onto her faith and her sense of humor as she tries to hold onto her family.

1 comment:

sarah said...

mmm, gotta love mothers.
I agree, it really feels like she's trying to "cash in" on her daughters misfortunes; you would think the last person to do that would be your mother though.