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Still Woman Enough: A Memoir

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  321 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Loretta Lynn's first memoir, Coal Miner's Daughter, was a #1 national bestseller that sparked an Oscar-winning movie and left fans hungry for more. Now Loretta finishes that story, and the second half of her life is every bit as remarkable and inspiring as the first.

In a friendly, down-home style that belies her stature as country music's most celebrated performer, Loretta
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 1900)
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Jan 03, 2010 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Loretta Lynn Fans
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When Doolittle Lynn was still alive, there was plenty he didn't want Loretta Lynn to say in COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER. Here, she tells us just what the book left out and what the movie got wrong, in her own simple, down-home style. The highs and the lows are covered in equal measure and with an unforgettable flair.

Loretta married a hard-drinkin', abusive man, and stayed with him through more nonsense than anyone should ever experience. Ruined awards ceremonies, holidays and tours due to his drinkin
I love Loretta Lynn--I can't help it. She's charming, funny, and real, and she wrote "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man" and a lot of other songs that were really ballsy, especially for the time period they were recorded in. I enjoyed "Coal Miner's Daughter" and it was interesting to read her take on the movie, things she liked about it and didn't, things she felt were left out, and to read about her life since that time. She's an icon. I kind of wish she were my aunt--she and Dolly Parton b ...more
Part Two of Loretta Lynn's life story, this one goes over some of the material presented in "Coal Miner's Daughter" more in depth, or the "real" story on some of it. Domestic violence, her husband's alcoholism and unfaithfulness, lots of loss. How she survived and stayed sane is a true testament of her strength.

From a feminist perspective its easy to say "Why on earth did she ever stay?" and judge accordingly. What the reader has to remember is that things were so different in Ms. Lynn's generat
If you want to read this book, make sure you read Coal Miner's Daughter first because this is a sequel, and she keeps referring back to her first book. Since it's an update of her biography, Loretta rushes through childhood memories and her early career, and focuses more on what happened since her first book and after the movie came out. It's written like she talks which makes for a fun read, but her life has been anything but fun. I don't think there's an entertainer who has been struck by trag ...more
Loretty will always be woman enough.
Mine is autographed! :)
The first thing anyone should know about this book is that it may be triggering to anyone who has experienced domestic violence. The review might be triggering too, so watch out.

So, Loretta Lynn wrote this memoir at least 20 years after writing her famous Coal Miner's Daughter. She wrote this one after her husband, Doolittle, died. Doolittle basically acted like a piece of shit for decades, hitting Loretta, cheating on her without even trying to hide it, and emotionally abusing her and their kid
I loved this book, though I had been hoping that even if she couldn't/wouldn't say she wished she had left her husband that she would at least have become outspoken about domestic violence, and how women shouldn't have to put up with it. As someone who grew up in a fucked up family, I can understand why she rationalizes her relationship and her husbands behaviour the way she does. But that doesn't excuse her from the responsibility to talk the consequences of domestic violence more openly. Her b ...more
A great autobiography. Couldn't put it down. On page 35 I was deeply touched by Loretta's mother's impoverished childhood:

"Mommy had lost her own mama by the time she was five, and her daddy, my Grandpa Ramey, didn't pay no attention to his kids. He just let 'em root around for their own food, and for places to stay. It didn't take long before her little brother died, and then a sister. I once asked Mommy what they did about a funeral for 'em. She said they didn't have no funeral. She just wrapp
Patricia Atkinson
loved the conclusion of lorrettas life following the coal miners daughter.I am a fan of hers for years and really enjoied this book.
Kristi Downs
This woman never ceases to amaze me...She inspires me and I feel at home when I am reading about her. From the first song I ever heard I felt a connection to her. My life has gotten better because of the influence of this amazing woman. This book and her life is full of tragedy, but it's also full of hope. Sometimes I just wanna scream at her, "what are you thinking?" and other times I just wanna giver her a hug. She is real and she writes like she talks and that makes it very easy to understand ...more
Tiffany Woods
I want to read Coal Miner's Daughter now. Picked this up at my work on a whim.
I've always been a big fan of Loretta Lynn. Loved Coal Miner's Daughter, both the book and the movie. This book told more of the bad side of her life. The abuse she put up with from Doo, both physical and vocal. Her sad times, with the lose of her mother, her son, her friends, and her husband. She put up with alot..........but she gave some too. A hard life even though she made it rich and famous. Not a easy road by any imagination. This was an interesting read.
This book was really good. Usually I don't like biographies much, I prefer autobiographies and I'm kind of picky even when It comes to those. I've seen Coal Miner's Daughter what seems like a million times so I wanted to read more about her. Her life was very ruff and tumble and it's funny the way she describes it. The way she wrote the book makes it seems like she is sitting right next to you telling you her story, which gives a really awesome effect. Great Book!
Crystal Bowling
Growing up on Loretta Lynn and watching "Coal Miner's Daughter" more times than I will ever be able to count, I was so happy to hear what she had to say. And Loretta didn't leave anything out. While I haven't read her first autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, I know that she is much more honest about her and Doolittle's relationship, which was sad but very interesting to read. It's a great look into one of the best country artists to ever grace the airwaves.
Loretta Lynn's second autobiography covers some of the same tracks as Coal Miner's Daughter and goes on to look at Lynn's life after "walking into the sunset" with her husband, Doo, at the end of the film. The stories and folksiness are just what you would expect from Loretta, and while certain sections drag a bit, overall this book is a sincere, readable, and often revealing look at one of my favorite country music stars.
Elise Mckoy
Much to my surprise this was a great book. Loretta Lynn made you feel like you knew her personally. She is so humble and down to earth. She is a an example of women from the past. Doo (her husband) treated her like garbage but she stayed with him because she knew he had a drinking problem. I do not agree with staying with a man that mistreat you but I do believe in loyalty and that is one of Loretta strongest assets.
I really wanted to read this, as I had read COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER. I wanted to find out what happened in Loretta's life since 1980. Since she wrote this book after her husband, Doolittle, died, it was much more frank and candid than the first. I have such admiration for her strength and tenacity. I hope I get to see her in concert sometime soon. This book falls into the "biography" category for Book Bingo.
In Memory of my Mom I read Loretta Lynn's book...originally I intended only to read a bit to say I did. I finished the whole book. I thank Mrs. Lynn for her openess and honesty and I only wished My Mom could have been able to read it also. Loretta you are "Still" a role model for many and being a woman has little but everything thing to do with that. Thank you most kindly
Winter Sophia Rose
Loretta Is A Genuinely Sweet & Honest Country Girl, Who Has Gone Through The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, As Well As The Seriously Funny. Excellent Read!
More a 3.5. Picked this up because I caught Coal Miner's Daughter on tv a couple of weeks ago. I had seen it before, but I wondered if there was more to the story. It is quickly evident why she has had such a long career, singing or writing, Loretta Lynn can tell a story.
Laura Mallard
I could hear Loretta Lynn talk while reading this book and she can tell a great story. Very folksy and interesting even if you aren't a country music fan and only know about Conway Twitty from the clips they play on "Family Guy." Book Bingo- Biography
One of the most fascinating and empowering women of my generation! Loretta Lynn has always been my idol. Even if someone is not a fan of country music, her life and dedication to changing the lives of women starting in the 1950's makes her book worth reading!
Not as good as Coal Miner's Daughter but, it is Loretta Lynn and I adore her her honesty and grit. She talks about losing her mother, her son, and her husband and her relationship with her children ... she really is "Still Woman Enough" a true Steal Magnolia.
I loved this book. Made me laugh cry and mad. For someone with such a famous life; she had it so hard. Coal miner daughter didn't touch on what half her life was like. This was written after her husband passed.
Bobbi Mcintyre
Finished listening to this book on tape. Interesting update to Loretta's life, but unless you're a Loretta fan, it's more of the same from Coal Miner's Daughter.
If you ever think your life is awful, read this book. The experiences Loretta shares in this book are heartbreaking but inspiring.
T.M. Waltman
Much respect for Loretta Lynn to stand by her man for his womanizing, alcoholic, and abusive behaviour. she's more of a woman then I am.
Brianne Friend
A heart felt story that is an easy read. Began where "Coal Miner's Daughter" left off. It was a sweet and simple autobiography.
I love Loretta Lynn. She is more than enough woman.
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