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The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, A Daughter and the Healing Power of Music

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Grammy award-winning producer Tamara Saviano pens heartbreaking and uplifting memoir, “The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, a Daughter and the Healing Power of Music”
Foreword by Kris Kristofferson

Nashville, Tennessee – Tamara Saviano has achieved remarkable success and happiness in the music industry. Working with such legendary songwriters as Guy Clark and Kri
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Paperback, First , 206 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by American Roots Press (first published January 27th 2014)
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Lissy Peace
Dec 10, 2013 Lissy Peace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
This is a very uplifting book, once you get through the dramatic heart breaking beginning. It is hard to believe what Ms. Saviano had to overcome as a youth, but remember it is a true story. A father that was an alcoholic, child abuse, a mom that was an enabler ( she was beaten so many times the cops know the route to rescue her mom), a teenage pregnancy, and a real father that she didn't meet until she was in her 20s. To have gone through so much as a young child and teen, she emerges ...more
Really_?
Nice piece of fiction....I think there is a likelihood that the "truth" has been stretched significantly to impress those that do not know Tamara as she is living two lives and escaping to a new reality.
Amy
Couldn't get into it. Not enough emotion or description. Telling about it not the same. Poor writing style. Had to stop.
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The Most Beautiful Girl is Tamara Saviano’s memoir. I must say I didn’t know who she was when I requested the advanced reader copy of this book, but now I know.

This is a fast read. I gave it 3 stars because I had a hard time getting into it. To begin with, I felt like there was too much intro, too many forewords. It felt like it took forever to get to chapter one.

Also, it’s not the life changing page turning story the people in the foreword claim it is. I suppose people i
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Susan Kaplan
Apr 12, 2014 Susan Kaplan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like gritty memoirs
Recommended to Susan by: Received through NetGalley
I won The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, A Daughter and the Healing Power of Musicby Tamara Saviano in exchange for a review.

The Most Beautiful Girl is a raw and honest account of Tamara Saviano's journey to find herself. While books about abusive parents and the challenges that face not only the abused child and the child who becomes an adult are a dime a dozen, there is something in Ms. Saviano's story that sets it above the rest. While her writing is unsophisticated, reading the
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Becca
Mar 21, 2014 Becca rated it it was amazing
This story was devastatingly beautiful. I love music and have long believed in its ability to tell stories, to convey emotions, to heal. This story is a journey of forgiveness and understanding that will break your heart several times along the way. I have a lot of respect for Tamara and her courage to share her story with the world. The first part of the book centers around her childhood which is filled with a lot of pain. It was hard to read at times because I couldn't imagine someone going ...more
ChattyKat
Jan 20, 2014 ChattyKat rated it really liked it
Very interesting biography of a daughter and her relationship with her alcoholic father. I'm pretty sure Tamara's story will sound very familiar to many people, at least on an emotional level. This is her journey to healing from the painful side of her childhood and coping with the mixed emotions of a father she both loved and hated. Interesting too how fate stepped in and her present career is so intimately connected to her relationship with her father as a child. As much as we try to run from ...more
Michele
Jul 08, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing
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I was sent this book as an ARC for an honest review.

What can I say about a book that has so many valuable lessons.

Music plays an important part of all of our lives. We remember songs from when we were young, music we heard growing up, music we listened to as a teenager, when we had our first boyfriend, the music at our wedding and so on.

This story/memoir was just that. It was about a journey of a girl and her father. The complicated relationship they had and how music fit into it all the way to
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Leslie
Jan 03, 2014 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Only read this book if you want to be inspired....if you want to know what resilience looks like…if you ever wondered what alcoholism really is….if life ever threw you a curve ball that hit you so hard in the stomach you thought you’d never breathe again….if you ever wanted to be brave enough to write your life story…I mean really write it where people could not only look in your closet..but they could try your shit on. Tamara’s brutal honesty takes you on a life changing ride of the human ...more
Danielle
Jun 05, 2014 Danielle rated it liked it
The Most Beautiful Girl is a memoir by Grammy Award winning country music producer Tamara Saviano. She writes about the tumultuous relationship she had with the man she believed to be her father for much of her life, and what lead to them not speaking for the decade leading up to his death. She weaves in the importance of music to her father and in her life growing up, and what lead her to eventually pursue a career in the music industry leaving her family and friends far behind. I liked the ...more
Paula Schumm
Feb 22, 2014 Paula Schumm rated it really liked it
Many thanks to American Roots Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of The Most Beautiful Girl by Tamara Saviano.
The Most Beautiful Girl is Tamara Saviano's memoir of her relationship with her father, a man broken by rage and alcohol. Throughout the book are wonderful remembrances of music and musicians. Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and others appear throughout, and the healing power of music is at the forefront as a lesson to us all. Ms. Saviano is also damaged in many ways, but her stor
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Ginni
Jul 17, 2016 Ginni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was heartbreaking to read. It was amazing to see someone that had struggled so much in her life as a child and rise above. The details of her life made it hard to read at times and you felt for her. Music has held a deep connection in my life and throughout it. I can relate to the escapism quality of music and books. This is the how I coped growing up. I still hear songs and they take me back.

It was a hard book to put down and
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Judy
Feb 26, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing
This is a very easy to read book that moves your senses. To grow up finding out her dad isn't her real dad, to living with the man her mother married who is an alcoholic and physically and emotionally abusive when drunk, to a mom who puts up with his ways, to the good times with her dad listening to Johnny Cash and other oldies, Tamara is a pillar of strength and determination. This is a story of how she survived and thrived. How she came to the top without any role models to help her.

What a bea
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Emily
Feb 20, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Tamara's story is told honestly, heart on sleeve, eyes wide open. She shares her painful years of growing up with an alcoholic father and the impact that has on her self-esteem and her choice of boyfriends. A story that is at once poignant, powerful, bittersweet, humorous and hopeful. References to Nashville and music legends Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash will appeal to lovers of music and songwriters, and adds a lighter layer of enjoyment to Tamara's life story. I would recommend this book ...more
Robert Ruditys
May 28, 2014 Robert Ruditys rated it did not like it
This person should be ashamed of herself for writing this book. This book is filled with half truths and lies.As a member of this family I am shocked to know that she would hurt her mother with this garbage.Nothing but an attention getter that wants people to feel sorry for her. Just trying to sell a book any way she knows how.
Susie Hitchcock
Tamara, I am excited to read your book. Your dad gave me the Pilgrim CD for my birthday this year when I was in the islands. I've been listening to it and it is a beautiful CD. I was touched that he would share something that means so much to him. He referred your book, so I ordered it as soon as I got home.
God bless,
Susan H (PA)
Heatherly Whiteside
Apr 01, 2014 Heatherly Whiteside rated it it was amazing
A beautiful journey of suffering, forgiveness, and redemption. Classic folk and country music frame the story, providing a powerful and identifiable scaffold for the reader's relationship with the characters, as well as the characters' relationships with each others. Memoirs are difficult and, although this one has painful parts, it is both honest and encouraging.
Donna
Mar 30, 2014 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
It took a very brave and courageous woman to expose herself so openly in this memoir about the ups and downs of life in a dysfunctional family. I am glad that Tamara Saviano has risen above the horrors of her family life to become the successful woman that she is today.
Susan Obryan
Jan 14, 2016 Susan Obryan rated it it was amazing
The healing power of music, forgiveness and inner understanding takes on new depth in Saviano's memoir. Readers should be warned, though, to have tissues at hand. If they aren't touched by this story, they indeed are stone-hearted with no sense of soul.

ARC provided by NetGalley
Charles Cathey
Mar 07, 2014 Charles Cathey rated it it was amazing
i finished reading this book last sunday. it took longer than i thought it would take to read the book because...well...ok, i know i'm a guy, but this book is a real 'wet eye' experience. tam saviano goes to great lengths to unload a very heavy burden. please read.
Chris Farrell
Jan 18, 2014 Chris Farrell rated it it was amazing
This book helps me see the need to let go of the past and focus on living in the present. It's an inspiring book about the power of forgiveness and healing. I think anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family system could benefit greatly from reading this book. I know I did.
Carol
Dec 21, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is a true story (life as it REALLY happens) and Tamara Saviano kept me spell bound from start to finish. I heartily recommend it!
Claire
Jun 16, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. Tamara Saviano is a strong and brilliant woman. I am proud to know her and call her my friend. I enjoyed learning about her early life, which made me admire her even more.
Sehar
Mar 07, 2014 Sehar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiring
Only read this book if you want to be inspired....if you want to know what resilience looks like.. A story of a daughter and a father !
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During the past two decades Tamara Saviano has established herself as a tireless advocate of American music and its artists. As the creative force behind Tamara Saviano Media, she is a Grammy and Americana award winning producer, a music business consultant, artist manager, publicist and author. Saviano has been curious about the lives of songwriters since she first discovered Guy Clark at the age ...more
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