Detailing whatÂ’s been called Â“The Great Eminem Sham,Â” his mother, Debbie Nelson, tells all in her book, My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem. His songsÂ’ defamatory references to Debbie were heard Â’round the world, but for the first time ever in the United States, we learn the truth from the woman labeled the most hated mother in America.
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As rap star EminemÂ’s mother, DEBBIE NELSON has suffered one of the worst public character assassinations in recent memory. Yet in her first book, Debbie proves she is, if nothing else, a survivor.From Publishers Weekly:
One of the most embattled celebrity mothers in the U.S. pop culture landscape, first-time author Nelson has suffered repeated insults and accusations from son and rap star Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers, who paints her as a negligent (if not malignant) mother and drug abuser. In this memoir, Nelson tells her side of the story, coming clean with a detailed but defensive account of their complicated mother-son relationship. Beginning with her turbulent marriage to Mathers' father, Bruce, through her 2000 attempt to sue Marshall for defamation (she claims it was just a way to save her home from foreclosure) and their present estrangement, Nelson insists throughout that her only concern is for sons Marshall and Nathan; readers-especially the Eminem fans likely to fill her audience-may think she protests too much. Still, it's easy to believe the theatrical rapper exaggerates, and Nelson's insight-especially into Marshall's relationships with wife Kim and daughter Hailie-attest to an ongoing connection that he and/or the media may have obscured or denied. Though readers may find it hard to reconcile Debbie's claim never to have exploited her son in the pages of a tell-all about him (complete with baby pictures), Nelson's urgent voice sketches a tense but sympathetic portrait of the elusive, mercurial MC.
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