For someone who tends to wear his heart on his sleeve, Kanye West isnt exactly this enigma that we are dying to figure out. Neither is his mother, Donda West, for that matter. Still, Yes mom managed to stretch the span of her sons successful life into a book of stories that weve basically already heard from Kanye himself. This time, its from a mothers perspective. Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar (Pocket) is a guidebook, if you will, on how to raise a rap celebrity. The lessons arent entirely stimulatingdont stifle your sons creativity, let him suck his thumb until hes eight (or in Kanyes case, two of his fingers), and if he cant save enough dough, fund his production career. We learn about Kanyes born brilliance, his early on fascination with porn, and his surprisingly long friendship with Rhymefest. Dr. West remains supportive of Kanye in her discussions of his public outbursts, opinions on homosexuality, and that historical public service announcement to George Bush.The whole paradox of Dondas position as a college professor while her son stands on the dropouts soapbox gets explained to a certain extent. However, the greatest story told is Dr. Wests undying support of Kanyes career. From managing him in the early days, to purchasing multiple copies of College Dropout the day it dropped in Best Buy, Donda West is that mom you want as a rapper/producer. Raising Kanye also includes some rare photos of Kanye and his family, including his father and special moments from Kanyes year living in China. There is some overdose on Dondas West lifeincluding photos of Dr. West in her younger years (with commentary) and some drawn out discussions on her pre-motherhood thoughts. But its her book too, after all. While Donda Wests ode to her prolific offspring might not wake the dead with fascinating anecdotes, its an easy enough read to learn a little something more about Kanye West. He did lead a charming little childhood/adolescence. However, a book on the second half of his life might be a tad more interesting.