You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother's Eyes

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You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother's Eyes

by Jermaine Jackson
Touchstone, 464 pp., $26

Peace be to Michael Jackson, but the King of Pop passed in 2009 as one of the strangest Americans to ever hold his kid out of a window. You Are Not Alone Michael, his older brother Jermaine's recount of that rhinestones-to-diamonds life, explains the chaos, writing in depth about the unorthodox specifics of the family's Gary, Ind., upbringing (remember that time the Jackson boys carried those cinder blocks around the house? Jermaine does!) and the rigorous rehearsal schedule that built the Jackson 5 into one of America's seminal bands. Mike went eight times platinum with 1979's Off the Wall, and three years later with Thriller he became the most famous face on the planet. He broke more records than previously existed. He popularized the Moonwalk. He brought a monkey on tour, no questions asked. All this, and Jermaine still handled his kid brother's not showing up for "Family Days" like a boy who lost his blankie. Despite voraciously defending his brother through all the legal dealings and media spins that came along with being Michael Jackson, Jermaine emerges from You Are Not Alone Michael with an agenda beyond rightful eulogy.

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