Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir

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In this heartfelt memoir, six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and star of WE TV’s reality hitBraxton Family Values, Toni Braxton writes about her personal life decisions and their impact on her health, family and career.

While Braxton appears to be living a gilded life—selling 60 million records, appearing in sold-out Las Vegas performances and hit shows like Dancing with the Stars, and starring in her own reality series—hers is in fact a tumultuous story, a tale of ...

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Overview

In this heartfelt memoir, six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and star of WE TV’s reality hitBraxton Family Values, Toni Braxton writes about her personal life decisions and their impact on her health, family and career.

While Braxton appears to be living a gilded life—selling 60 million records, appearing in sold-out Las Vegas performances and hit shows like Dancing with the Stars, and starring in her own reality series—hers is in fact a tumultuous story, a tale of triumph over a life filled with obstacles, including two bankruptcy filings. The mother of an autistic child, Braxton long feared that her son’s condition might be karmic retribution for earlier life choices, some of which will shock fans. But when heart ailments began plaguing her at the age of 41 and she was diagnosed with Lupus, Braxton knew she had to move beyond the self-recrimination and take charge of her own healing.  Intensely honest and deeply inspirational, Unbreak My Heart is the never-before-told story of the measures Braxton took to make herself and her family whole again. 

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R&B singer Toni Braxton has sold more than sixty million copies, earned applause on Dancing with the Stars, appears on a hit TV reality show, and has just returned to Broadway, but in a sense, all those bright light activities take a backseat in this arresting memoir to the personal life of this talented, often tormented woman. Unbreak My Heart uncorks secrets that even her most devoted fans don't know and probes deeply into the twin traumas of her son's autism and the breakup of her marriage. Her comments about her fears that something she did in her past has had unforeseen repercussions on their child's health will touch the lives of many women.

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Braxton recounts her struggles candidly... It’s the reflective, positive tone that makes this tell-all intensely readable. For fans who loved her in her heyday or recently found her on her reality show, Braxton Family Values, this is a must-read.
Library Journal
11/01/2013
Titling this memoir after her most popular song, R&B star Braxton talks reality TV, health, and family, sharing how she overcame her own struggles with heart problems and Lupus and her son's autism.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-07
Six-time Grammy Award winner Braxton speaks out regarding her turbulent personal and professional lives.From the time Braxton was a little girl growing up in rural Maryland, she wanted to be a star. By the mid-1990s, she had achieved that goal, and her 1996 single, "Un-break My Heart," from her second album, "Secrets," became a chart-topping, certified-platinum success. Yet guilt, financial and personal troubles, and ongoing family health issues have pockmarked the author's projected glamorous life. In 1988, 21-year-old Braxton and her four sisters landed their first recording contract. "No one could've predicated the painful episode that would follow: Five bright-eyed Braxton sisters would soon be narrowed down to one." For many years, Braxton suffered severe guilt about accepting a record deal that excluded her sisters, and the decision infuriated her mother, which added to Braxton's sense of dismay. The author's success was also marred by two bankruptcies, a divorce and her son's autism diagnosis. The author faced her own health crisis during her Las Vegas show when she received a diagnosis of lupus. "My diagnosis that day marked the beginning of my road to recovery," she writes, "but it was also the end of my Vegas run." The author eventually disclosed her condition on the family reality TV show Braxton Family Values, which began in 2011 and features her mother and sisters. Braxton seems intent on establishing a secure pathway through life's inherent messiness. "I'm starting to realize that we're not supposed to keep everything lined up and in perfect order—even with our best efforts, we can't accomplish that anyway," she writes. "Instead, we're meant to find lessons in both the chaos and the cleanup."Overly sentimental, but Braxton fans will applaud the star's candor and perseverance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062293299
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2015
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 412,477

Meet the Author

Toni Braxton has won six Grammy Awards and sold more than sixty million records worldwide. Her hit song "Un-break My Heart" still stands as the number two all-time bestselling single by a female recording artist. Currently, she is the star of the WE tv hit reality series Braxton Family Values and the new Lifetime original movie Twist of Faith. Braxton was the first African American woman to play a leading role in a Disney Broadway production when she starred as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and she has headlined in one of the top ten Las Vegas shows of all time. Toni is a passionate advocate for both Autism Speaks and Lupus L.A.

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