Intimate, my foot. J. Randy Taraborrelli, who’s written biographies (unauthorized) of Diana Ross and Frank Sinatra, took 10 years to study his larger-than-life subject. It was time ill spent. More a career chronology than a character portrait, the end result is less entertaining than the average ”Behind the Music” episode. Madonna misses her mom, resents her pop, loves the boys, and dabbles with the girls. The author pads the basics with the presumptions of a distant observer: ”Because the final and painful breakup with Sean was still fresh, though, perhaps Madonna felt as she might have after having been to the dentist. Inside she was probably numb.” Read this book and maybe you’ll know how she felt.