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Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,677 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Born in 1935 into abject poverty, married at age thirteen, and a grandmother by age twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went on to become one of the most prolific and influential singers in modern country music. The first woman to be named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Lynn boasts sixteen #1 singles, fifteen #1 albums, and sixty other hits including “Honky ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 12th 2001 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1976)
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Anna Priest Saylor
It's an easy read. If you're interested in the hill-billy lifestyle then this is a great book. Loretta Lynn was brought up very backwoods Kentucky and it talks about how she became a big country star. Also, she's hilarious.
Katie Thomson
read this book or i will take you to fist city.
Nick
It's a fascinating story, it really is, but the writing is pretty horrendous. Lynn penned it with George Vecsey, apparently by dictating it to him and then he transcribed and wrote it. But she also refers to "my writer George" throughout. She claims to have all kinds of special insights, ESP, and a kinship with all Native Americans because she is 1/16th Cherokee. She (and her writer George) also continually write in a "hillbilly dialect" that seems totally contrived, especially given that the wr ...more
Meen
Jun 08, 2008 Meen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meen by: Bought it at a thrift store.
I adore Loretta Lynn's music, and I saw this movie many, many times from childhood on up before I ever read the book. I am grouping this in the feminist category b/c in her own special way Loretta brought the revolution to (white working-class, rural) women who would never have accepted it from the likes of Gloria Steinem or Betty Friedan. "The Pill" is the fiery pro-choice anthem! :) Of course, she did stay with an abusive and manipulative man for all those years... And she hawked freaking Cris ...more
Amy
"A you've been makin' your brags around town
That you've been a lovin' my man
But the man I love, when he picks up trash
He puts it in a garbage can
And that's what a you look like to me
And what I see's a pity
Close your face and stay outta my way
If ya don't wanna go to fist city"
(Fist City)
1) She's honest, open, funny and her life has been quite an adventure
2)She's never lost her 'country girl' soul
3)Don't cross her
Andrea Guy
Coal Miner's Daughter is one of those autobiographies that everyone should pick up and read. Not because you love Loretta and her music, but because her life story is inspiring. Married at 14, and dirt poor for a good part of her young life, Loretta is one of those people who was blessed with luck and talent and a lot of people who love her.

With the help of her husband Doolittle (Mooney) Lynn, she rose to be the First Lady Of Country Music. The story Loretta weaves with the help of George Vecse
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Andre
If you ever listened to a Loretta Lynn song, you know what to expect from this book. It's written the way she talks, and I swear I could hear her voice narrating it in my head - accent and all. What impressed me the most in the book was how ignorant and clueless one can be when raised up in a cabin in the mountains. Reading about her childhood and the early years of her marriage, it seems surprising that such a bashful little girl with no knowledge of the outside world whatsoever would grow up t ...more
Carolann
This book is just amazing I admire loretta lynn,
Love her songs and she's the queen of country music. I seen the movie about 20 thousand times it's just amazing sissy spacek and tommy lee jones did an outstanding performance and sissy played loretta lynn so perfectly glad she won the award for this and thanks loretta lynn for picking her in the movie to play her. Grew up listening to loretta lynn my family admires her and so do I, so if you a fan of loretta lynn you should read this book I could
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Corey
Loretta's story just made me feel uncomfortable, as it probably should since she was married at 13 and had 4 kids by the time she was 18. Unfortunately, that isn't the part that bothered me the most. She was a grown woman when she wrote this book and yet her stories still felt like they were being told by a child. I found her innocent outlook about everything going on around her to be a bit creepy.
Jo
i love her! (her music and her writing!) she is who she is, she's not ashamed of anything & you can take her or leave her! coal mminer's daughter the movie has been one of my favorites since i was 19 and i finally got to see her in concert in aug of 07! through ebay i own the original hardcover and paperback editions of this book!
Rick
Sep 17, 2008 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kevin and Ashly
I just finished reading Coal Miner's Daughter. You don't have to be a Loretta Lynn fan to read this book, but it would help. I'm not a huge fan myself of country music, but I loved the movie, so I wanted to read the book. I recommend this if you enjoy reading a memoir.
Steph Fisher
Great book, I love her and her story. If watching Deliverance gave you a horrible distaste for hillbilly culture, you should definitely read this as an antidote.
Deb
A couple of weeks ago we watched the movie, "Coal Miner's Daughter," largely because Levon Helm, one of my favorite musicians, was in it. We enjoyed it very much, and I learned a lot about Loretta Lynn and how her talent and a lot of hard work on her part (and her husband, Doo's) got her to be one of the top country singers ever.

After watching the movie, I was curious as to how well it correlated with her self/ghost-written autobiography, so I read the book. Indeed the movie followed the book qu
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Debbie
Loretta is a sweetheart, and her story is heartfelt.
Susan
OK - so I love this book - sue me!
Julia Reed
All women should read this book, even if they hate country music they will love Loretta Lynn. Her story is an uplifting, old-fashioned tale that country fans know well: from coal miner's daughter to the First Lady of country music using just her voice and her husband's determination. I got interested in this after seeing Sissy Spacek's Oscar winning role in the film by the same name, but it makes a much better read than a movie (though the movie is great). Loretta is sassy, funny, and smart. Eve ...more
SweetPea
I decided to read this book after watching the movie recently. I have seen the movie several times in the past but this was the first time in quite a while. The book went into many more details while keeping the same feel as the movie - you are getting Loretta Lynn as she views herself. It was interesting learning more details about her life experience, including the sacrifices she made. You also get a better sense of where she has consciously (or subconsciously) decided to ignore facts or reali ...more
Maria
I didn't listen to the last two discs (out of 7) because I was mainly interested in hearing about her childhood and early career. Once she had money and support, her life became less interesting for the reader/listener. The first part was fascinating, however. It was reminiscent of my favorite show, "Justified," taking place in the same part of Kentucky among the same sort of people.
Part of the reason I stopped is because as her career picked up, she felt the need to repeatedly insist that she
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Everyday eBook
Oct 23, 2012 Everyday eBook rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Everyday by: Abigail Garner
Loretta Lynn is an icon in the world of country music. She makes no apologies for who she is or where she is from. The hit songs that she wrote and recorded are infused with her hard-scrabble upbringing in the mountains of Kentucky during the 1930s and '40s. Upon reading the preface and opening letter of her autobiography, Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter, it is immediately apparent that she is both bigger than life and down-to-earth at the same time. Her prose reads in a straightforward mann ...more
Courtney Mccarroll
Beyond disappointing. I used to love Loretta Lynn and then I read this. The whole book is ripe with racism and sexism masked under her country bumpkin "charm" and it's honestly gross to read. It was really jarring and frankly uncomfortable to read the viewpoint of a 40-year-old woman who literally speaks and acts like she was born yesterday... just because she grew up in Kentucky. That, coupled with flat-out uninteresting stories about how she decorates her house and non-stop bragging about her ...more
Kathy
I wanted to read this book because I adore the movie.....have watched many times. I'm not even a fan of country music, and really do not care for Loretta Lynn's voice, but that did not stop me from being drawn into her story. The book, of course, allows us to grasp the isolated culture she lived in, Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and how dirt poor she was. She is a little contradicting in the book about her level of education. She says in a couple of places that she has a fourth grade education, but ...more
kaira simmons
Unrelated Rambing:

Why is it that so many of the cultural icons from Kentucky come from Appalachia? Though I am a native Kentuckian, I feel no cultural kinship with that community (and do not have ties to it in my own lineage), but popular works (& icons) like this paint a monochromatic picture of Kentuckians. It was interesting, and really more of a transcribed oral history, but I often wish that there were more biographies of Kentuckians from the Pennyroyal, Jackson Purchase, Bluegrass...we
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Erin
This book was pretty good. Unassuming and ignorant, Loretta Lynn retells shocking stories about her life growing up in Kentucky coal mining country, making it all the way to the big city and becoming a huge country music star. She's a little proud when it comes to her impoverished background, particulary grating when she uses the last few chapters to talk a lot about how hard she works and how much money she makes as a famous singer.

There are some pretty nice, genuinely funny moments when she's
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Kris
3 STARS

"Born in 1935 into abject poverty, married at age thirteen, and a grandmother by age twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went on to become one of the most prolific and influential singers in modern country music. The first woman to be named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Lynn boasts sixteen #1 singles, fifteen #1 albums, and sixty other hits including “Honky Tonk Girl,” “Before I’m Over You, “ “The Pill,” and “After the Fire Is Gone. “ Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter,
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Ed
In 1980 Sissy Spacek won an Oscar for playing Loretta Lynn in the film, "Coal Miner's Daughter", so how cool is it that she's the one reading the 2010 audiobook? The book (originally published in 1976) was probably given by Lynn as dictation to "my writer George", and was transcribed entirely in her sweet hillbilly accent and syntax. The result was like having Miss Lynn riding around in the car with you for a couple of days telling you about her life. And what a life she's lead: from growing up ...more
Sean Kennedy
There is no doubt that Loretta Lynn's life is an interesting one, what with her impoverished beginnings and her rise to fame in a golden age of country music - it's just that I feel it could have been a bit more substantive than the 'folksy' veneer that is plastered across it. There are little hints here and there of how tough it would have been as a women to survive, and excel, in a field dominated by men - especially when Lynn broke so many boundaries, including releasing the song "The Pill" w ...more
Jeri Walker-Bickett
The book rambles in the way many celebrity memoirs tend to do, but the movie streamlines the narrative so it makes a much stronger impact on the audience. Lynn dictated her stories to the co-author, which results in an overly conversational style. It's not great literature by any means, but she is a fascinating woman. After listening to this audio book, I can say I'm grateful it paved the way for such a great movie.
Susan
I have always loved Loretta Lynn, but could never find her autobiography. Finally I discovered a copy at the library where my sister works downtown and asked her to pick it up for me. I read it quickly, in just a matter of hours, and I love her even more now! Most people know the bare bones of her story, but told through her own unique voice, this book is really a treasure.

Coal Miner's Daughter is a glimpse at the woman hiding behind the personality - the real woman. The book is written in Lynn
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Sara
This is a superbly written memoir detailing growing up poor in Butcher Holler, and how she came to be a world famous country singer. The movie was based on this book, with some notable changes. Fans of memoir in general will enjoy this book, as its written with a strong voice, lots of heart and honesty.
Natalie
I always thought mountain people must have good singing voices because there is so much opportunity to practice by listening to your own echo for ages. Loretta Lynn is no different. She is from Butcher Holler which is actually slang for "hollow" which refers to a valley area among mountains where the land has "hollowed" out enough space for a village to develop.
In the book, Loretta talks (I say "talks" because it is literally a transcription of her interviews with her co-writer) about her child
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