May 22 – May 29, 2008 Edition Janet Jackson
To Release Book
On Personal Issues

New York, NY/5/20/2008–Grammy-award winning icon, Janet Jackson, will release an intimate chronicle of her lifelong issues with weight gain and self-esteem in November 2008 when Karen Hunter and her eponymous Pocket Books imprint, Karen Hunter Publishing, releases Janet’s yet-to-be-titled book.  Written with esteemed author David Ritz and also featuring lifestyle changing tips from Janet’s nutritionist, David Allen, the book will reveal, in Janet’s words, what she did to overcome a battle that plagues many men, women and children around the world.

In her new book, Jackson will share the exercise routines, diet secrets, and tips from her trainer that helped her achieve one of the best bodies in the entertainment industry.  But this is far more than a celebrity manifesto on becoming fit.  Janet offers a searingly honest account of turning to food for comfort during some of the most tumultuous times of her life–from being taunted as a young girl, to her internal battles with her beauty and femininity and her desire to “fit in.”  While Janet’s weight fluctuations have been well-documented, this is the first time she has been so personal and revealing about the causes and circumstances behind them. 

“People have asked me for as long as I can remember why I felt my weight fluctuated,” says Jackson.  “I thought the best way to share what I have dealt with and deal with on a daily basis was to put it all down on paper.  I think the honesty and openness with which I address what has happened in my life can help others who struggle with the same thing.  I also think people will be able to see that I’m really no different than they are—a woman who has struggled with self-esteem and who used food as a source of comfort.”

Karen Hunter Publishing has acquired world English rights to Ms. Jackson’s book, which will be published in hardcover in November 2008.

About Janet Jackson    

Janet Jackson is a fashion and music icon and the youngest member of Jackson Family.

A five-time Grammy award winner, Jackson is the only artist listed in Billboard history to hit number one on the Dance, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, Adult Contemporary and Top 40 charts.  Though Jackson is listed by the Recording Industry Association of America as the eleventh top-selling female artist in the United States with 26 million certified albums, Billboard named her one of the top-ten selling artists in the history of contemporary music. She is also ranked as the ninth most successful act in the history of rock and roll and the second most successful female artist in pop music history, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide and over 70 million singles worldwide.  Initially performing on stage with her family at the age of seven, Jackson went on to star in other television shows including Diff’rent Strokes, Good Times and Fame.  In 2007, Jackson appeared in the Tyler Perry feature film Why Did I Get Married?  (2007), for which she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, and became her third consecutive film to open at number one at the box office, following  (1993) and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000).  Rolling Stone magazine named chart-topping albums Rhythm Nation 1814 and The Velvet Rope as two of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  Her breakout hit album Control and janet. were listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers  and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as two of the Definitive 200 Albums of All Time.

About Karen Hunter Publishing

Karen Hunter Publishing is an imprint Pocket Books.  Simon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit our website at