Debbie Nelson’s memoir My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem: Setting the Record Straight on My Life as Eminem’s Mother is a rough read, full of messy anecdotes about her four marriages, two sons, and lifetime of familial deaths and domestic disputes–the Harvilla blurb nails it: “Dickensian in its absurdist awfulness.” Kim Scott–Eminem’s high-school sweetheart/baby mama/ex-wife/demonic hoochie–features prominently, as does Marshall’s younger brother Nathan. Because I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Slim Shady’s mom (update: interview here), please enjoy five of the 226-page book’s highlights:
1) On having Kim, Marshall’s first real girlfriend, living at her house:
2) On the father of Eminem’s younger brother:
3) On her fourth marriage:
4) On an incident that took place on Marshall’s 23rd birthday, allegedly incited by Kim:
“Bitch, you want to call 911?” Marshall yelled. He picked up the phone, dialed the dispatcher, and then hung up. Then he really went for me. He grabbed one of the weights he’d been using to bulk up his arm muscles and held it over me.
“Help me God, I will kill you,” he snarled.
5) On Marshall and Kim’s first wedding, in 1999:
If you think Celebrity Rehab would be way better without Dr. Drew’s voice of reason, I highly recommend you purchase this book immediately. You will not be disappointed.