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Mariah Carey Book Club! Our New Podcast Digs Into the Year’s Best Music Memoir

From Carey’s rough childhood to her rise to superstardom, we retrace her story on our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast

Mariah Carey arrives at the Variety's 2019 Power Of Women Los Angeles Presented By Lifetime held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Friday, October 11, 2019. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Mariah Carey at Variety's 2019 Power of Women Los Angeles on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA/AP Images

In the new episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt to discuss Mariah Carey’s revelatory new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. The book, co-written by Michaela Angela Davis, reveals a Mariah who is far more complex than the public caricature of her — even as it captures her voice perfectly.

Related: Read Rob Sheffield’s Review of Mariah Carey’s Book

In the episode, we trace her story and revelations: From a childhood even more troubled than anyone knew; to a disastrous first marriage; a rise to superstardom; a “breakdown” that Carey reveals didn’t happen the way the public assumed; and musical and personal liberation. (Also, check out Sheffield’s hilarious review of the book.)

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