Cissy Houston makes deal for Whitney book to set the record straight
BY BILL ZWECKER June 4, 2012 9:06PM
**COMMERCIAL IMAGE** In this photograph taken by AP Images for American Heart Association, comedian and actor Anthony Anderson, right, presents American Heart Association's "Power Award" to Grammy award-winning soul and gospel singer Cissy Houston at the American Heart Associations' "You Are The Power" concert at the Apollo Theater in New York, Friday, May 6, 2011. The "Power To End Stroke" campaign brings awareness that stroke is the No. 3 killer and a leading cause of disability in the United States . African-Americans have a greater risk of stroke due to higher rates of blood pressure, diabetes and family history (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for American Heart Association)
Updated: August 23, 2012 9:52AM
A Cissy Houston friend says she’s writing a book about daughter Whitney Houston “because she is so tired of reading so many incorrect things.”
Houston has a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir it says will reveal the “unabridged and unbelievable story” of her Grammy Award-winning daughter, who died in a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel bathtub in February at age 48. HarperCollins announced Monday that the currently untitled book is scheduled to come out next February.
“When I lost my daughter Nippy (Whitney Houston’s nickname), the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman,” Cissy Houston said in a statement released by HarperCollins. “In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter’s true story.
The friend told the Sun-Times that Houston will “not avoid writing about Whitney’s long struggle with drugs.”
Financial terms haven’t been disclosed. But a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where Whitney Houston, whose many hits included “The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You,” sang as a child and where her funeral was held. Cissy Houston had met with several publishers, and the book deal could be worth seven figures.
Cissy Houston recently released a new album of gospel tunes, her first new music in more than a decade. “Walk on By Faith” was released by Harlem Records on iTunes last month and includes songs such as “Living Shall Not Be In Vain.”
She wrote a memoir, “How Sweet the Sound,” in 1998.