Monday, July 14, 2008

New Today: Life With My Sister Madonna by Christopher Ciccone

You might love her or hate her or be completely indifferent, but you know her face, her voice and some of her woes. You know who she is. Which is why, though you might not run out and buy the whinefest penned by her brother, Christopher Ciccone, you will probably be at least a little interested in knowing what’s inside.

Life With My Sister Madonna (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) is an absolutely unexceptional sibling memoir. In certain ways, we learn more about sibling jealousy and the nature of that green-eyed beast than we ever do about the author’s famous sister.

There is a breathlessness to Ciccone’s voice here -- as helped along by celebrity biographer Wendy Leigh (True Grace, One Lifetime is Not Enough) -- and even the most mundane bits of fact-sharing can sound like shocking revelations. Here, for example, Ciccone spills the beans on Madonna’s trouble sleeping:
Madonna’s insomnia only became apparent to me when we were living together in downtown Manhattan at the start of her career. Whenever I woke up during the night, she would be in the living room, perched on white futon, which -- no matter how many times we washed the floor -- was always dirty. She was usually dressed in a white oversize men’s T-shirt, baggy, white cowboy-print sweats, sucking Hot Tamales, her favorite cinnamon-flavored candies, and reading poetry -- often Anne Sexton whose lines sometimes inspired her lyrics. Or the diaries of Anais Nin, who along with Joan of Arc, is one of her heroines.
In Life With My Sister Madonna we’re told a great deal -- the book is 352 pages long, after all -- but we don’t really learn very much, which shouldn’t really be a surprise: Ciccone admits he and his sister have not been close since her (currently headline grabbing) marriage to Guy Ritchie in 2000. And, honestly, discovering at this late date that Madonna lost her virginity to some guy named Russell is not a revelation. We did know she’d lost her virginity as some point, did we not? Giving him a name adds nothing to the tale.

Life With My Sister Madonna is already selling well and fans will not want to miss it and likely won’t be disappointed. Clearly, Ciccone can provide childhood details that few could duplicate. Others won’t need to stand in line, though: there’s little here beyond the expected.

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Blogger Matteo Duranti said...

I think Madonna is the best singer of the world!!! I wish to meet her!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 6:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger madonnafanaz said...

I have been a huge Madonna fan since high school, she is the most fascinating person in the world, and I admire her so much! Her money motivated brother throwing her under the buss like this is so desperate and pathetic!! She's the way she is because all the ass kissers in her life that have never told her no! Christopher put up with it, so what did he expect!! She worked her ass off to get where she is and she owes nobody a damn thing! You go Madonna!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 12:28:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Natasha Ashwe said...

I've been only a little curious about this book ever since I saw it in the headlines. Mostly hesitant - I only read biographies that come straight from the horse's mouth.
Yet I've skimmed through the pages recently, finally, and don't find it quite so 'whinny' as adoring. Some insights, like the insomnia quote, were fond peeps into the-life-of. Some, like quoted arguments with Sean Penn, were not. Think that's when I dropped the book.
Life is weird. I look at the childhood pictures he published; little him, little Madonna, and think, so one had dreams of conquering the world and the other, no dreams at all? Thoughts become things. Hence Madonna, Christopher. Deep!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 12:12:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous zyva said...

I also think that madonna is the famous singer :D well, it's a good information

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 7:48:00 PM PDT  

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