Billie Eilish

Grand Central. May 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781538720479. $35. MEMOIR
At 19, singer-songwriter Eilish has already achieved monumental success—she’s the second person in history (and the youngest) to win the four main Grammy awards, she’s already worth $30 million, and she just released a movie concert experience with Disney. With this collection of 19 years’ worth of pictures, she shares her passion for photography and its ability to capture the most intimate moments. Taken by Eilish, as well as by family members, friends, and professional photographers, the images chronicle the artist’s childhood (including her Justin Bieber posters and her dancing and aerial arts classes) and her career: Eilish is shown signing her first record deal, performing at small music festivals and major venues, attending the Grammy Awards, directing her own videos, and singing on Saturday Night Live. Eilish lets the photos speak for themselves, and they offer a glimpse into the stress of being a teenage star; one photo is described as depicting “the worst mental state she was in,” while others portray her leg injuries. She also shares photos of her dedicated fans and the many rescue puppies she often features at her shows.
VERDICT Eilish’s numerous fans will appreciate the star’s vulnerability and desire to connect.
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