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September 2017 Book of the Month

The Most Beautiful:
My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia 

Published by: Hachette Books

ISBN-10: 0316468975

ISBN-13: 978-0316468978



Music icon Prince is revered not only for his remarkable music, but also for his enigmatic and mysterious public image. Few knew him intimately. Arguably, no one knew him better than Mayte Garcia: the New Power Generation’s fiery solo dancer, Prince’s first wife, longtime muse, and mother of his only child. Now, on the one year anniversary of his death, Mayte shares an intimate, candid, revelatory, and deeply loving look inside the personal and professional life of one of the world’s most beloved icons in THE MOST BEAUTIFUL: My Life with Prince (Hachette Books, April 4, 2017), a life as gorgeous, strange, and surprising as the music it inspired.

From the moment they met backstage at a concert, the two shared a unique connection. She was a teenage belly-dancing prodigy. He was an internationally renowned superstar. Their long-distance friendship evolved into an artistic collaboration and eventually became a passionate romance. She learned to pick up his cues about what to wear, how to do her hair, and how to act to be his perfect mate—after all, every aspect of Prince’s life was a work of art, at least from the outside. Their fairytale wedding seemed to set the stage for a perfect life revolving around love and art, but there was no foreshadowing of the unimaginable losses that would ultimately tear them apart. The Most Beautiful (the title of which is inspired by Prince’s 1995 hit song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” which celebrated their legendary love story) draws from never-before-seen letters, photos, and memorabilia.

With humor and compassion, Mayte reflects on the difficult childhood memories they shared, the otherworldly connection that brought them together, and the complicated relationship that endured years of relentless (but joyous) touring. Mayte’s perch inside the private star’s world offered her a perspective on the man and his genius unlike any other that has been—or will be—heard. While their legendary romance ultimately ended in tragedy, the bond between the two of them remained. In the end, The Most Beautiful is a story about how love and hope can transcend anything, even death.



Mayte Garcia is an internationally acclaimed dancer, actress, singer, and choreographer. She has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Army Wives, Psych, The Closer, and Nip/Tuck. She lives in Los Angeles with her young daughter.


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