Way I Am

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Overview

Chart topping-and headline-making-rap artist Eminem shares his private reflections, drawings, handwritten lyrics, and photographs in his New York Times bestseller The Way I Am

Fiercely intelligent, relentlessly provocative, and prodigiously gifted, Eminem is known as much for his enigmatic persona as for being the fastest-selling rap artist and the first rapper to ever win an Oscar. Everyone wants to know what Eminem is really like-after the curtains go down. In The Way I Am, ...

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Overview

Chart topping-and headline-making-rap artist Eminem shares his private reflections, drawings, handwritten lyrics, and photographs in his New York Times bestseller The Way I Am

Fiercely intelligent, relentlessly provocative, and prodigiously gifted, Eminem is known as much for his enigmatic persona as for being the fastest-selling rap artist and the first rapper to ever win an Oscar. Everyone wants to know what Eminem is really like-after the curtains go down. In The Way I Am, Eminem writes candidly, about how he sees the world. About family and friends; about hip-hop and rap battles and his searing rhymes; about the conflicts and challenges that have made him who he is today.

Illustrated with more than 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs-including family snapshots and personal Polaroids, it is a visual self-portrait that spans the rapper's entire life and career, from his early childhood in Missouri to the basement home studio he records in today, from Detroit's famous Hip Hop Shop to sold-out arenas around the globe. Readers who have wondered at Em's intricate, eye- opening rhyme patterns can also see, first-hand, the way his mind works in dozens of reproductions of his original lyric sheets, written in pen, on hotel stationary, on whatever scrap of paper was at hand. These lyric sheets, published for the first time here, show uncut genius at work. Taking readers deep inside his creative process, Eminem reckons with the way that chaos and controversy have fueled his music and helped to give birth to some of his most famous songs (including "Stan," "Without Me," and "Lose Yourself").

Providing a personal tour of Eminem's creative process, The Way I Am has been hailed as "fascinating," "compelling," and "candid."

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What People Are Saying

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"The biggest rapper in history."-Rolling Stone

"The best rapper alive."-Vibe magazine

"Part autobiography, part photo gallery, part ephemera collection, it's a handsome roundup for an artist who has been notoriously reluctant to discuss his personal life anyplace but in his music."-New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525950325
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 123,115
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

EMINEM (aka Marshall Mathers) has produced, performed, and written several multiplatinum albums, including Relapse, The Slim Shady LP and The Eminem Show. He starred in the semiautobiographical movie 8 Mile, winning an Academy Award(r) for Best Song. His first book, Angry Blonde, was an annotated collection of lyrics and a national bestseller.
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  • Posted November 1, 2008

    This is the one!!!!

    This is one of the best books that i've read. its something that you could read and say i never knew that about shady. inspirational and you can really see what he went through, i've already finished it. ITS THAT GOOD. get it if you haven't already. it's a great book for the perfect eminem fan.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    As a Mom...

    My 14 year old is an Eminem fan. I never was...too much cursing! Then, I began listening to the stories in his work. And, when my daughter asked if she could read about him, I hesitated. After some thought and research, I found this book on BN.com. I read it first and agreed it would be appropriate for my daughter. Eminem's writing is quite good, humorous and provocative. There a many photos of his life growing up. Even if you're not an Eminem fan, this will provide insights into his life, his stories and his music.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    For any Eminem an

    Very good book. Learned a lot about the ups and downs of one of the greatest rapper out there. He tells his whole story and doesn't hold back. Read it in one sitting, not a very long book, but very informative. I would definitely recommend this book to any Eminem fan and its even a great book for anyone interested in the rap game and how it works and the struggles from growing up in poverty to becoming one of the biggest names in music history. I have 3 friends waiting to borrow it from me already, 2 of which don't even listen to rap.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    Emimem is not so bad afterall.

    I bought this book for my teenage son but decided to read it when he was done. I was surprised to see how good it was. The book gave a lot of insight on the REAL Emimen. I have listened to his music and had a preconceived notion about him. After reading his book, I have a different, better view of him as a person, artist, parent, role model, etc. Great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Good Book!

    I enjoyed this book! It was an interesting easy to read biography! Sometimes, it's good to read about someone's life and experience's before judging them & this book explains a lot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2008

    New Eminem autobiography***

    Being a fan of Eminems since he first came out, I was excited to read this book and find out some things I didn't know about his life and career. If you are a fan or have listened to his music, this book doesn't offer more than what we already know. There are maybe a hand full of stories that we haven't already heard. The best part of the book is the pictures and Eminems actual lyric sheets. The book is a quick read and its good, but not great. I am def still a fan, but I was looking for more than what I got from this book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    I know this book will be great and I am excited to read it. 

    I know this book will be great and I am excited to read it. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    i knoe eminem but not personally i know how his ife has been lik

    i knoe eminem but not personally i know how his ife has been like a rollocoster going up and down and some crazy loops bu i never knew ow it happend thats why im looking foward to readin his book

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    This book i can relate to.

    this book i have been lookin for, for so long i can accually relate to his life with my own thanx eminem

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    Good, but a bit disappointed.....

    I was disappointed cuz I thot this book was gonna be more like an autobiography. I felt it kinda skipped around and could have told us more than we basically already know. He didn't talk much about his relationship with is Mom, X Kim or his kids, guess I'm just nosey and want to know more than he wanted to tell. But I think he's a great artist and after reading this book and watching the 60 Minutes interview from 10/2010 (check it out on You Tube), Im now looking at him in a different light. I'm actually impressed with him and he's not the loud mouth idiot jerk I thot he was. Never thot I'd see the day I would like a rap/hip hop artist LOL and Im 52! =)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    I bought this book for my daughter for her birthday.

    I didn't read it but my daughter loved it and so did her friends. They are 19. This is an age appropriate book.

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