Believing in Magic

My Story of Love, Overcoming Adversity, and Keeping the Faith

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Published Sept. 20, 2016 by Brilliance Audio.

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3 stars (1 review)

"In her poignant and intensely personal memoir, Cookie Johnson, wife of NBA icon Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, speaks for the first time about how her husband's 1991 HIV diagnosis sent her life and marriage into a frightening new direction"--Provided by publisher.

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We all have had that friend.  You know the one.  She's the one with the loser boyfriend who she insists is just the sweetest and kindest person ever to exist but he just doesn't show that side of himself in public.  If you just knew him like she does, you'd understand.


This is what the first half of this book felt like to me. I felt like I needed to stage an intervention even though it all happened years ago.While they were dating, Magic:

  • Publicly shunned her and then asked her if she learned her lesson when she didn't follow his orders

  • Got upset when his friends teased him for calling her on an out of town trip so he broke up with her because she was "too controlling."

  • Dated other women when they were supposed to be exclusively dating and then had the nerve to get mad at …