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Publisher Description

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

The global icon, award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, mother, daughter, sister, storyteller, and artist finally tells the unfiltered story of her life in The Meaning of Mariah Carey

It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview. And even then, my words were filtered through someone else’s lens, largely satisfying someone else’s assignment to define me.

This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side.

Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit.


Biographies & Memoirs
September 29
Henry Holt and Co.

Customer Reviews

Lbacca ,


I have to say that of course I know who you are, but never had an opinion. UNTIL NOW. I didn’t want this book to end. You are truly an inspiration to all ages. God put you here on this earth for obvious reasons, your truth, generosity, music and guidance. Girl, you tackled everything he put in front of you,good an bad. Well, gonna go listen to some MC.

honeybella21 ,

Queen Mariah

I am a true Mariah Carey fan and I thought I knew everything about her until I read this book! I awaited this book for years! And it was worth the wait. Mariah dives into the meaning of Mariah Carey. Not only don’t you get to know about her childhood, stardom and love life; you get to know the meaning behind the music most importantly the lyrics of those songs. Now when I listen to those songs I truly understand the meaning of Mariah Carey.

rea9626 ,

The Strength to Carey On

This book is an honest and open memoir by the best selling female artist of all time. From struggle, pain and betrayal she found strength and resilience, her story is anchored in Faith that as Mimi shares “can’t be defined but it has defined me”. I have personally gifted over a dozen copies to family, friends and patients (as a psychiatrist/therapist) because I knew it would speak to each of them in some way, and it also gave them a more whole understanding of my sincere and consistent respect and unconditional love for Mariah through the years. The book validates that for all those who might say “her music saved my life”, it is genuinely mutual. Behind the layers of “Diva” is a deep and beautiful spirit of a woman and a wayward child that has a lot to say and share. Personally, I will be re-reading this for years to come. I will also look forward to part 2, 3 and 4 :) #L4L

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