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Still Woman Enough: A Memoir
Loretta Lynn
0786866500
April 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When asked to write her first memoir, Lynn was in her early 30s: "I hadn't never done nothing with my life except sing and have babies, and I didn't think I had a life to talk about." But Coal Miner's Daughter, the story of the dirt-poor Kentucky girl who married at 14, had four of her six children before she was 21 and went on to become one of country music's most successful recording artists, captured the American imagination. In this follow-up, Lynn mostly focuses on her marriage and the trials and pleasures of Nashville stardom, including fond recollections of friends like Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynnette. Lynn admits that the passing of her husband, Doo drunk, abusive, womanizing and yet her most loyal, trusted companion in 1996, freed her to write more openly. There are no stunning revelations here, rather...


You're Cookin' It Country: My Favorite Recipes and Memories
Loretta Lynn
0641709293

Hardcover
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Still Woman Enough
Loretta Lynn
078688987X
March 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When asked to write her first memoir, Lynn was in her early 30s: "I hadn't never done nothing with my life except sing and have babies, and I didn't think I had a life to talk about." But Coal Miner's Daughter, the story of the dirt-poor Kentucky girl who married at 14, had four of her six children before she was 21 and went on to become one of country music's most successful recording artists, captured the American imagination. In this follow-up, Lynn mostly focuses on her marriage and the trials and pleasures of Nashville stardom, including fond recollections of friends like Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynnette. Lynn admits that the passing of her husband, Doo drunk, abusive, womanizing and yet her most loyal, trusted companion in 1996, freed her to write more openly. There are no stunning revelations here, rather...


You're Cookin' It Country: My Favorite Recipes and Memories
Loretta Lynn
1401601790
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Set down in heavily vernacular style—"Daddy's favorite dish was possum. I would get so mad, because I didn't care for possum that well. I loved rabbit. In fact, I had a rabbit the last night I seen Patsy Cline. Squirrel's one of my favorites, too"—Lynn's memories rival her recipes for rustic style. The 150 dishes in this folksy scrapbook lean heavily on ingredients like flour and fat, including breakfast foods like Cat Head Biscuits (made with shortening), Country Sausage Gravy (made by stirring flour and milk into sausage drippings), Hominy Grits (a yummy blend of grits, cheddar cheese, eggs, butter and spices) and traditional Appalachian concoctions like Scotch Eggs, which calls for "bulk pork sausage." Main dishes include backcountry favorites like Country Fried Venison and Kentucky Frog Legs,...


Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline
Margaret Jones
0306808862
April 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The turbulent life of the country music star whose popularity continues long after her death in 1963 is chronicled in this biography with compelling sympathy and an attention to detail that will appeal to fans. Cline's stuggle to develop a unique country act began in Winchester, Va., in a musical, if dysfunctional, family. According to Jones, a PW contributing editor, "a home environment charged with guilt, shame and fear" led by an abusive father had a direct bearing on the marital problems and hard drinking of Cline's adult years. At the time of her death in a car accident at age 30, Cline was a headliner at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, a multimillion-dollar recording star and an influence on a generation of country singers with classics like "Crazy" and "Walking After Midnight." This sad story follows the...


Looking Back to See: A Country Music Memoir
Maxine Brown
1557287902
March 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Browns--Maxine, Bonnie, and Jim Ed--are a trio of singing siblings that had tremendous success in the 1950s and '60s. Following in the tradition of Loretta Lynn's Coal Miner's Daughter, this memoir, told in Maxine's own plucky, spirited style, delves into the Browns' remarkable past, beginning with a Depression-era childhood in rural south Arkansas scarred by poverty and tragedy. From that beginning emerges a duo, Maxine and Jim Ed, who became a popular feature of Little Rock's Barnyard Frolic and, in 1954, had a top ten hit with "Looking Back to See." Sister Bonnie later joined them, and strengthened by shared experience they soon were regulars on the well-known Louisiana Hayride. They would eventually help a young Elvis Presley get started on the show and tour with him as their opening act, and it wasn't long...


Country Women in Music
Jim Brown
1550822470
April 1999
Paperback
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Growing up Italian: Memoirs of 24 Celebrated Italian-Americans
Linda Brandi Brandi Cateura
0595143482
October 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Memoirs by Mario Cuomo; Yogi Berra; Gay Talese; Helen Boehm; Ken Auletta; John Ciardi; Frank Stella; Eleanor Smeal; Cardinal Bernardin; Arthur Caliandro; Aileen Rioto Sirey; Geraldine Ferraro; Loretta Di Franco; Robert Venturi; Bonnie Tiburzi; Bishop Mugavero; Tony Bennett; Francis Coppola; Michael Andretti; Daniele Gioseffi; Rudolph Giuliani; Alphonse D'Amato; Claudia di Monte; Julie Bovasso

"Full of gusto and great joy for living of life, which is what growing up Italian means. A fascinating narrative of delight."

——Jack Valenti, president, Motion Pictures Association of America

“I was extremely touched by these reminiscences. It is a wonderful book, a great book."

——Leda Sanford, publisher, Attenzione magazine



Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country and Western Music
Holly George-Warren
0618191003
May 2006
Hardcover
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Review
Horn Book : "Levine's mixed-media art harmonizes perfectly with these vignettes. . . . Fans of any age will enjoy this paean to roots music." --Horn Book
Booklist, ALA : "Levine"s folk-art paintings, created with flat colors and occasional use of pattern, are quite distinctive." --Booklist
School Library Journal : "Concise but thorough, this picture book discusses the evolution of a distinctive American music style through a chronicle of its biggest stars. . . . Colorful, stylized, folk art of the performers and/or their instruments is included." –SLJ

Book Description
Discover the surprising beginnings and humble origins of the charismatic pioneers who helped shape the country-and-western scene into the influential musical empire it is today....


Looking for Magical Country: A Gathering of Savory Southern Characters
Maria Von Matthiessen
0865547343
November 2001
Hardcover
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