True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself

True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself

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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 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.


“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.”



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451636048
Publisher: Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,095,832
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

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 a songwriter who has collaborated with stars like Janet Jackson and Marvin Gaye, as well as a renowned ghostwriter who has authored more than fifty books for some of the biggest stars in music: Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Lenny Kravitz, Joe Perry, Smokey Robinson, Don Rickles, and Willie Nelson, to name a few. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Essence, People, US, Art Connoisseur, and TV . He lives in Los Angeles with Roberta, his wife of 47 years.

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.

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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Gold-en_Girl More than 1 year ago
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.
eddiesgal More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ingrid Ross More than 1 year ago
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.
liberty741 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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the book is really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i cant wait to buy the full book:))))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
College if thats how its spelled
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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liked it alot
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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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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.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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This is one of my favorite book and it helped me a lot it made my life a lot better i rlly dug deep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book must read
ms_cookie More than 1 year ago