Lynne Spears tells all

Britney's mom subjects her daughters to a new form of exposure.

Published September 11, 2008 1:43PM (EDT)

I am so tired of reading and writing about Sarah Palin (it's death by imPaling) that I am going to devote this post to a subject usually passed over by Broadsheet: Britney Spears' mom.

The latest news is that Lynne Spears, not to be outdone by daughters Britney and Jamie Lynn, has just come out with an awkwardly titled memoir, "Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World." (It was supposed to be published last May but got pushed back after Jamie Lynn announced she was pregnant.) The book is being published, ironically enough, by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher of Bibles and inspirational books.

The Bible this is not. Instead, says Reuters, it "chronicles Spears' family during the phenomenal rise of Britney Spears in the late 1990s and her highly publicized meltdown."

In it, says Reuters, Lynne Spears reportedly rejects criticism that she was a pushy stage mom who had hoped to profit from her daughters' careers. To quote the book: "I simply did not have the huge ambitions for [Britney] that I have been accused of ... Much has been written about how we were counting on our daughter to rescue us from financial ruin. Ha!"

I'll let you decide whether to buy the book or, for that matter, Friday's People, which features an interview with Lynne Spears. (She apparently did not listen to the Internet's plea to leave Britney alone.) Instead I'll return my attention to other issues facing America -- or, as I've begun calling it recently, our great Palination.

(Thus began Broadsheet's contest for the worst vice-presidential puns.)

By Catherine Price

Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist and author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, PARADE, Health Magazine, and Outside. Price lives in Philadelphia.

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