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Honky tonk girl : my life in lyrics
Loretta Lynn
Adult Nonfiction 921 L994 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Country music legend Lynn (Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter) offers fans a window into her life with this compilation of lyrics, interspersed with colorful anecdotes and myriad photos. Though it's fascinating to hear the stories behind tunes like "Fist City" and "Coal Miner's Daughter" (complete with facsimiles of handwritten lyrics), the real gold is in the numerous unreleased songs of the book's latter half-one can only hope that numbers like "That Pleading Look" and the spunky "Still Woman Enough" will get their day in the studio with Lynn behind the microphone. Throughout, the songstress's self-effacing comments and stories ring true in her unique voice. Of her lyrics, Lynn maintains that she "only write[s] about what [she's] lived," and so these verses and choruses make up more than merely a collection for sing-alongs; indeed, the songs tell Lynn's life story. Despite a host of accolades and decades on the stage, she remains a humble songwriter with a big heart and a gift for observant storytelling. This selection of some of country music's best-loved songs is a fine tribute to an American icon. 75,000 announced first printing. Photos. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

"This is me. Loretta." With these signature words, Lynn announces her entrance as she sweeps into any concert hall or Opry show and as she welcomes us into the pages of her new book. Over more than 50 years, Lynn has spun stories about hard times, cheating husbands, drinking and fighting, and the tender love of a wife for her husband. Elegantly weaving anecdotes of events in her own life with the lyrics of her many songs, she affectionately reveals the tales behind the songs as well as the many ups and downs of her marriage and her musical career. She also provides brief sketches of musicians-e.g., Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette-with whom she has worked. A final chapter contains lyrics of Lynn's unreleased songs. Always generous and gracious, Lynn reminds us that she is still writing about her life, and that as long as she is on this earth she'll be filling up her songbook. For that, we can all be grateful. VERDICT This songbook complements Lynn's 1976 memoir, Coal Miner's Daughter, as it offers glimpses of the ways she crafts her songs out of the fabric of her life.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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