Adele

The Biography

Marc Shapiro

St. Martin's Griffin

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Over the past year, Adele has taken the country by storm, sweeping the 2012 Grammy Awards and taking home six titles, including one for Album of the Year. The British singer-songwriter has been smashing records ever since her 2008 appearance on Saturday Night Live and her 2009 Grammy for Best New Artist. The success of her second album, 21, made her the first living artist since the Beatles to have two top-five hits in both the UK singles and albums charts. The album hit the #1 spot in 18 different countries. In the U.S., 21 is the longest running number one album by a female in Billboard history, surpassing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard. To put it simply, her worldwide success is unmatched.
 
This one-of-a-kind book will provide answers to fans' burning questions, including:
—What was Adele's childhood like as the daughter of a single, teenage mother?
—Growing up, who were her biggest inspirations and influences in the music industry?
—As someone whose career depends on her voice, what was it like being diagnosed with a vocal cord hemorrhage?
—How did canceling her Adele Live tour affect her career?
—How did she make the decision to perform at the Grammys, while still recovering from vocal surgery?
—And much more!
 
A must-read for every Adele fan.

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Adele loves her mother. Always has. Always will. “You don’t realize how important your parents are until you’ve spent a lot of time away from them,” she was quoted on the Web site Great Personalities. “My mother and I have always been friends but we’re tighter than ever now. We can talk about anything and not just in a mother- daughter way.”

But as a Vogue journalist discovered during a 2011 interview, her feelings toward her father are a whole other matter:“If I ever see him, I will spit in his face.

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"2011 will be remembered as the year of Adele." —Anderson Cooper, 60 Minutes
 
"21 was the entertainment world's favorite story of 2011 . . . Adele is not rock-'n'-roll. She is not self-consciously retro. She does not shimmy or shake. Hers is a plant-the-feet-and-belt delivery that has all but disappeared from the pop landscape. It should be deeply uncool. And yet, there is something startlingly refreshing about her youthful elegance and commanding presence . . . Adele transcends all notions of hipness." —Vogue

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About the Author

Marc Shapiro

MARC SHAPIRO is the New York Times bestselling author of J.K. Rowling: The Wizard behind Harry Potter, Justin Bieber: The Fever! and many other bestselling celebrity biographies. He has been a freelance entertainment journalist for more than twenty-five years, covering film, television and music for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.

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Adele
The Biography
Marc Shapiro

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250025166
ISBN10: 1250025168
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages, Plus one 8-page color photograph insert
$12.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250025470
ISBN10: 1250025478
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages, Plus one 8-page color photograph insert
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250025159
ISBN10: 125002515X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages, +8 page photo insert
$9.26
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