To quote an old editor here, upon his describing some truly awful work of art: "I wouldn’t have watched that with your eyes." Well, PopWatchers, that’s how I felt about reading Lynne Spears’ new book, Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.
This book’s subtitle implies that it is a tell-all, and it’s anything but: Anyone who’s conversant with Wikipedia can learn as much or more about the beleaguered pop star, true or no. In Through the Storm, Lynne tells us a good deal about her non-famous relatives — her beloved sister Sandra, her British mother Lillian, and Lynne’s husband/Britney’s father, Jamie (described by Lynne as an alcoholic who drags a would-be happy Southern family down the road to dysfunction). But for the most part, the book serves as Lynne’s defense brief — how it was Britney who chose this life for herself, and how Lynne was only trying to be a supportive mom and do the right thing.
After the jump, photographic proof that I not only read every word of the book — all 30 chapters of it — underlining choice graphs and carefully annotated important passages (NB: "barf," pictured, pg 193). To make it even easier on you, I’ve painstakingly pulled quotes that illustrate what the chapter is about (or just strike me as, y’know, ridiculous). I’m running it in two parts, so come back tomorrow to see how it all turns out. Though chances are you know this already.
addCredit(“Annotated copy of Through the Storm: Brandon Keim”)