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Cissy Houston is shopping around a book about her daughter, Whitney Houston. She met with several publishers in NYC this week. Cissy did not want to address Whitney’s drug problem and death, but it will be included in the book.
According to the NYTimes,
Cissy Houston, the gospel singer and mother of Whitney Houston, met with publishers in New York this week to shop a book about her daughter, several people who were in the meetings said.
Affectionately calling her daughter â€œNippy,â€ her childhood nickname, and appearing emotionally and physically drained, Ms. Houston met with publishers in a suite at the St. Regis Hotel, said the people, who declined to be identified because the negotiations were still going on.
Ms. Houston, 78, described the book in meetings as the real and definitive story of her daughter, the pop legend who died on Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills at the age of 48.
â€œItâ€™s going to be the bad, itâ€™s going to be the good,â€ she told one publisher.
How much Ms. Houston is prepared to disclose â€” and how candid she will be about her daughterâ€™s troubled marriage and long pattern of drug use â€” could determine the amount of money a publisher would be willing to spend on the book. Bidding could easily go into seven figures, said the people who attended the meetings.
Two publishers said Ms. Houston appeared reluctant to address her daughterâ€™s death and her drug habit.
Talking about the book proposal to publishers, Ms. Houston seemed eager to set straight what she called â€œliesâ€ about her daughter that have circulated in public discussion about her. â€œShe said, â€˜There are so many lies out there and I want to dispel all of those lies,â€™â€ one publishing executive said.
Ms. Houston was represented by Steve Fisher, a literary agent in Los Angeles, who is pursuing a deal for world rights to the book, publishers said. Mr. Fisher did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Cissy Houston, with her daughter, Whitney Houston, in 2010.
Cissy Houston has already written a memoir, which was published in 1998, titled â€œHow Sweet the Sound,â€ that told of her upbringing in a deeply religious family and her career in gospel. As a young singer, she helped form the Sweet Inspirations, a group that frequently sang backup vocals for Elvis Presley; she later won Grammys for her gospel albums.
She will use a ghostwriter for this book, though no writer has been named yet.
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