Megan Harlan
February 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

If Americans never grasped the full renown of Morissette’s previous incarnation as a Canadian Tiffany, they will after reading Alanis Morissette: A Biography, a snappy, sympathetic bio. For here are countless, rather depressing vignettes about Morissette’s cheesy teen-pop career and “never before seen” photos of her mall hair. But by detailing her prodigious natural talent, failed relationships, and transformative emotional crisis, Cantin, a journalist from Morissette’s hometown of Ottawa, convincingly argues that the 13-million-plus-selling, Grammy-sweeping Jagged Little Pill sprang not from a calculated mage overhaul but a cathartic rebellion. Morissette’s fans will appreciate the well-researched back stories to her confessional lyrics. B

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