"When you hit rock bottom, you have nowhere to go but up."
Those are the wise words of the mother of Justin Bieber. "Beliebers" may know Pattie Mallette solely as the near-religious figure who brought Justin Bieber into this world, but little do they know about her deeper, darker past.
Before she had her son (who, by the way, was accused of a hit-and-run and then had his name cleared), Mallette hit rock bottom. Even worse, she had to deal with it like any other normal person, because the Biebs was not born yet.
Until recently, Bieber has kept his mother's past on the DL, just like any upstanding mega-millionaire pop sensation. But Mallette is taking time off her
nauseating exhausting "Bieber Fever" life to reveal the truth about the journey that's led her to where she is today.
No, she's not just the forebearer of a white boy who wishes he were ghetto and pouts/sings. She is a woman who knows a thing or two about overcoming poverty, depression, abandonment, and abuse.
Now Pattie plans to dedicate some time to speak around the country and encourage others to rise above painful times just as she did, and she's coming to the Magic City.
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On July 12, the Biebs' mom arrives at Books & Books to answer your questions and offer her strong-woman-and-single-mother advice from her new book, Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom.
Though you may not have the Biebs' autograph, you have the chance to get your book signed by his mother after her brief reading. Hey, you'd be just one degree of separation away from the boy wonder himself.
The free event begins at noon and is open to the public. Call 305-442-4408 or visit booksandbooks.com.