Can’t stop the (Saturday) feeling! …See what I did there? I have been listening to *NSYNC and Justin Timberlake on Spotify while working on this blog post.
So, I’ll just get right into it! And hey, it’s the first book review of 2019! This week, Blanche’s Book Club read “Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me” by Justin Timberlake. Here is the book’s description from Amazon:
“I can’t help that my music shows who I am in this moment, what I’m drawn to, what I’m wondering about. I don’t want to help it. What you hear in the words, what you feel in those songs—that’s what I was feeling when I wrote them. I want you to see me, just like I want to see you.”
— Justin Timberlake
In his first book, Justin Timberlake has created a characteristically dynamic experience, one that combines an intimate, remarkable collection of anecdotes, reflections, and observations on his life and work with hundreds of candid images from his personal archives that range from his early years to the present day, in locations around the world, both on and off the stage.
Justin discusses many aspects of his childhood, including his very early love of music and the inspiration behind many of his hit songs and albums. He talks about his songwriting process, offering the back story to many of his hits. He muses on his collaborations with other artists and directors, sharing the details of many performances in concert, TV comedy, and film. He also reflects on who he is, examining what makes him tick, speaking candidly about fatherhood, family, close relationships, struggles, and his search to find an inner calm and strength.
Living a creative life, observing and finding inspiration in the world, taking risks and listening to an inner voice—this is Justin Timberlake.
I heard about this book on a radio show I listen to, and I didn’t think much about it until I saw someone post a picture of the cover on Instagram. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a coffee table book – and it’s pretty hefty!
There’s plenty of text (and story) but there’s also tons of beautiful pictures and lots of graphic design work. It’s really well put-together. I mean, of course it is, right??
I went into this book with ZERO expectations. I consider myself a Justin Timberlake fan – I loved *NSYNC and Justin’s solo career – but I’m not obsessed. In fact, this Spotify playlist is the first time I’m really listening to any of “Man of the Woods” — it’s good!
Anyway, it’s generally his life story – clearly picking certain aspects to focus on (and even some parts to leave out entirely). It focuses mostly on his time on “Saturday Night Live” and his friendship with Jimmy Fallon, his solo career, his marriage, and life as a father.
He also talks a lot about being a creative, and his process for songwriting and performing, which I found fascinating.
If you’re a fan of Justin Timberlake at all, I would definitely recommend this book.
…And this is the part where I’d usually tell you what book Blanche’s Book Club is reading next and we’d be on our way.
But in 2019 – also known as the “Year of the Book Club” – I wanted to offer you a little bit more. So, I’ve gone even MORE in-depth with this review and have put together a complete guide to “Hindsight: & All The Things I Can’t See in Front of Me”.
For $1.99, you’ll get instant access to the guide, which includes:
- Two images from the book’s interior
- Ten original book club & discussion questions written by me
- My additional thoughts on the book
- Four hand-selected videos featuring Justin Timberlake
- Six of my favorite quotes from the book
- A related recipe (Hint: it’s Memphis themed)
- Three book recommendations on what to read next, picked by me
I plan on creating these additional guides for every book I read in 2019 – so if there’s one you want to see, please let me know! I want to cater each guide to the book, so they may not all have the exact same components, but they will be PACKED with content!
The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan.
Let me know what books you’re reading!