finished reading

I was riveted to this book.  I simply cannot fathom what Britney Spears has been through.  Although I would not categorize myself as a fan, I appreciate her catchy pop songs and influence on dance.  Ultimately, this book is shocking and heartbreaking and as she lays bare her experiences, especially the conservatorship years.  I walked away feeling like she was still trying to be a nice girl, to be the good girl.

As a history teacher, I reflect on how women historically have been locked away as hysterical when they challenge authority.  And I wondered how different her life could have been if she'd been born in a northern state.

The audiobook is very well narrated by Michelle Williams--with an introduction by Britney Spears explaining why she doesn't narrate.

From the publisher:
The Woman in Me is a brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope.

In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice—her truth—was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. The Woman in Me reveals for the first time her incredible journey—and the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history.

Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’s groundbreaking book illuminates the enduring power of music and love—and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms, at last.

With the release of her memoir, Spears finally weighs in on her own life, and she sets the record straight about everything from her days of early fame to life under conservatorship control, and all the ups and downs in between. Fans everywhere have been waiting for Britney’s take, and finally, at long last, it is here. The emotion in Britney’s voice is palpable as she reads the introduction herself, telling listeners that writing her story has been so "exciting and heart-wrenching" that she decided against narrating the entire work.

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

I know this is a weird leap, but the beginning of your post reminds me of Mary Lincoln. I was in Springfield last week, immersing myself in Lincoln's world, and I was reminded of how polarizing and misunderstood she was. She was ambitious and outspoken at a time when these weren't feminine traits. She faced more grief than anyone should and she didn't handle it the way she was "supposed" to. Her only surviving son locked her up.

Now I'm thinking of that old Broadway song, "I Enjoy Being a Girl." Obviously written by a man!