Not About Madonna: My Little Pre-Icon Roommate and Other Memoirs
"When I first met Madonna Ciccone, my initial assessment, even as I watched her leg soaring into an effortless front extension, was that I had little to learn from any young whippersnapper from Michigan ... I felt no instant flush of warmth and trust the day we met ... but somehow, a few days later, she was my roommate." So begins Whit Hill's lively, engaging memoir that includes her college days with Madonna, and her subsequent life as a dedicated choreographer, struggling to make ends meet as her old friend achieved worldwide acclaim. Whit begins her reminiscence at age 19, and takes us through two marriages, two children, a career in dance and songwriting, and the loss of her relationship with a mother who hasn't spoken to her in nearly 30 years. Her style is lyrical, funny, poignant, and she gives readers plenty to think about -- including Madonna. But, Whit prefaces, "if you're looking for dirt on a pre-fame Madonna, there are quite a few volumes of literature out there that will meet your needs better than this one ... This books is a lot of things. And even though she's in it, this book is not about Madonna."