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Janet Jackson emerged from the shadows of an already famous family to become one of the most beloved, recognizable, and influential performers in the world. But at what cost?

From the age of ten, when she made her acting debut on Good Times, Janet was told by Hollywood that she needed to slim down. Her...

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Overview

ONE OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS OF OUR TIME CANDIDLY REVEALS HER VERY PERSONAL STRUGGLE WITH AN ISSUE SO MANY OF US FACE EVERY DAY: SELF-ESTEEM

Janet Jackson emerged from the shadows of an already famous family to become one of the most beloved, recognizable, and influential performers in the world. But at what cost?

From the age of ten, when she made her acting debut on Good Times, Janet was told by Hollywood that she needed to slim down. Her well-meaning brothers, especially fun-loving Michael, teased her relentlessly until she began to believe that who she was wasn’t good enough. It was an idea that no amount of critical acclaim in television and film or, later, international platinum success in music could change.

Janet turned to food for comfort and escape. She developed a self-destructive pattern familiar to so many of us: fear and uncertainty led to bad feelings about herself and ultimately depression. The depression led to overeating. And her yo-yoing weight was painfully obvious in the bright lights of the entertainment world.

It has taken Janet most of her adult life to come to terms with who she is. But she has finally broken free of the attitudes that brought her down and has embraced realistic goals that help her eat better, exercise better, feel better, and ultimately be better.

This book is about meeting those challenges that face all of us. With candor and courage, Janet shares her painful journey to loving herself. She addresses the crazy rumors that have swirled around her for most of her life, shines an intimate light on her family, and pulls us behind the velvet rope into her unforgettable career. She also shares lessons she has learned through contact with friends and fans and reveals the fitness secrets she has learned from her trainer. Finally, her nutritionist, David Allen, unveils the wholesome, delicious recipes and lifestyle-changing tips that helped Janet get in shape—mind and spirit, heart and soul.

True You is a call to tune in to your own fundamental wisdom, to let go of the ugly comparisons, and to understand that who you are, the true you, is more than enough.

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“I’m loved, I’m valued, and I’m capable of achieving balance in my life. I can learn to eat well. I can exercise. I can express gratitude for the simple act of being able to breathe in and breathe out. I can move away from darkness and depression to light and hope. I can be happy with who I am, not what I should be, or what I might have been, or what someone tells me I must be.

I am me, the true me; you are you, the true you—and that’s good. That’s beautiful. That’s enough.”

—JANET JACKSON

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“Jackson candidly opens up to readers.” —Essence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416587248
  • Publisher: Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson is a five-time Grammy Award-winning international superstar. One of the bestselling pop artist in history, she is known ofer her innovative music, choreography, and social conscious lyrics. The youngest member of the famous Jackson family, she began her career as a television actress and most recently appeared in Tyler Perry's film, For Colored Girls.

David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and Don Rickles. He also cowrote, with Gaye, the song “Sexual Healing.”

Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a celebrated radio talk-show host, and coauthor of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Video Vixen, On the Down Low, and Wendy’s Got the Heat. She is also an assistant professor in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College.

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Table of Contents

Breaking Free 1

"As Pretty as . . ." 9

Hold Back the Tears 15

"I'll Just Starve Myself" 21

"Smile, though your heart is aching" 29

God and Dogs 37

Good Times 45

Discipline 53

Escapade 59

All Right 65

"Young Love" 71

Fame 79

"Fantasy" 85

Start Anew 91

Control 95

Rhythm Nation 107

My Velvet Rope 121

Soul Support 137

Loving My Life Today 153

Meet David Allen, My Nutritionist 159

Afterword David Alien 173

Epilogue 187

Recipes 189

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    As soon as I got up at 5:30 this morning, I grabbed my NOOK and bought True You by Janet Jackson.(Oh the pleasures of owning a NOOK) I couldn't stop reading. I read it within a couple of hours. I can relate to Janet in many ways. There was times when I had to shed some tears myself. I can recall my mother telling me that I was fat.(And at 30yrs. old she still does to this day.) I had people pat my hips and raise their eyebrows because I was once 125 lbs. But that was when I was in high school. Now I'm a 30yr. old with an 8 yr. old son, 5'8 and 190 lbs struggling with my weight and yo yo dieting. Before reading this book I decided to take drastic measures of starvation but after reading True You, I decided to take drastic measures of finding and releasing the True Me.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    All I can say is " Thank you, Janet."

    The write about yourself and the confusions, demons, and insecurities takes a very Wise person. Thank you Janet, for sharing your in sites. I truly enjoyed reading this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Great concept but poorly written.

    I absolutely love Janet so I had to have this book. I have been anticipating it's release and thought the concept was absolutely wonderful. Her theory of finding the "true you" makes alot of sense but she never really outlines the process of HOW to do this. For example, when she lost the weight, what was different this time? Just when you think she is going to start opening up, she doesn't. I did like the commentary from fans but I would have heard more from Janet herself.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Refresing,,,

    On the pages of this short book Janet is telling her story, her truth, her way. It was a quick and easy read. I was slightly disappointed by the spelling and grammatical errors. But overall i'm greatful for the information shared in this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Surprising Motivation

    Kudos to Janet for sharing such an emotional journey! I did expect the nutritional side towards the end of the book. It was a nice motivational piece for many that are on the same journey.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Inspiring

    This book is awesome and really touched my heart. I myself am self-conscience this helped me get through a lot of issues. Thank You JJ

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

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    Okay book - easy read

    I did not think Janet really opened up in this book but I found some of the letters she got from fans the most interesting parts of the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    janet on the dl!

    janet telling whats on her mine !

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    the book is really good

    the book is really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Janetfan 4life _kyb 16

    Janet Jackson is the best. I like what she has done with her book, and the message to me is very powerful . I like that she wasn't afraid to tell her story because usually when you see celebrities everything with them seems find. Also her book has given me the courage to continue to be myself and to not let anyone try to tell me different.janet Jackson is definitely one of my favorite artist no matter what is said about her she is always able to stand strong and I respect that a lot :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    I love her

    I love this book i cant wait to buy the full book:))))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    To leela

    College if thats how its spelled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Leela

    Hi,My guardian is kicking me out in 2 years and i dont have anywhere to go so please give me some advice. It would be appreciated.All's well.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    On the fence

    I truely do love me some Janet. That is why it took me so long to write a review about this book. My partner got me this book, knowing that I am a huge Janet fan. I read the book at home and a few chapters while at work. While at work I was asked by someone if they could look at the book, to my dismay it was only so they could oggle at the pictures scattered throughout the book. The concept is spot on, I actually picked up a little insight into why I let certain things tear me apart when I was in highschool. I also couldn't help but notice that ALOT of it was more about others rather than Janet herself.

    Like I said though, I love me some Janet, so it amazed me at what she did speak of herself was so mind altering. I truely do understand the pain one feels about fitting a certain mold and standards thrust upon us in our earliest years. This book was a wonderful read but I think I can cope with my unmended pains without reading it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Giannna

    You lear thinggs you realy never realy knew about her very inspring bok though

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    liked it alot

    liked it alot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    long time fan

    it was nice to read but did not reveal any information that was not told by press. i was hoping this book would let me in on her life and i didnt get that from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Just ok

    I was a little disapointed in the book. Not enough janet growing up stories. Too many stories of how her songs affected others and their stories. I would have rather read more about janet then others. Didnt realize the last part of the book was recipes. She raved about her nutritionist and his program, but yet she is now a spokesman for nutrisystem? The book kept my attention, but for the money i dont think i would pay for it again.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    TH The This book

    This is a great book to read if your self conscious because she lets you know that your not the only one


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    My favorite book

    This is one of my favorite book and it helped me a lot it made my life a lot better i rlly dug deep

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