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Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  176 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
A "New York Times" bestseller, this memoir recounts an all-American success story, as Gretchen Wilson shares her childhood memories, her exploits along the road to the top, inspirations, fashion preferences, and more, in an open, honest, and hilarious memoir that will enchant new and old fans alike.
Hardcover, with DVD, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2006)
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Jessie Weaver
Jun 24, 2014 Jessie Weaver rated it did not like it
Wilson insists that she wrote this to inspire other redneck women and show how she admires them. She covers her family background, from her birth to a sixteen-year-old mother, to moving back and forth from Miami to Southern Illinois seemingly hundreds of times, to her move to Nashville. She throws in names of relatives who supposedly influenced her, but there are so many and so few are given memorable character traits that by the end of the book my head was just spinning with who was who. The on ...more
Michelle Akers-dicken
Let's start with the positive... this was an unexpected read for me. I picked it up at a "Friends of the Library" sale and it looked interesting. And it WAS a very fast read (less than a day to finish). The small parts about the Grandparents of Gretchen Wilson were interesting. Her poor, poor Grandmother. I just wanted to go back in time and save her! I also loved reading about some of the many bars and night clubs I've spent time at, like Pops in Sauget, IL. Being a St. Louis girl, myself, I id ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Jody rated it it was amazing
Very very good book. She had a horrible childhood and a rough life..... so glad I bought it... truly was a good book.
Jan 06, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
Picked this up at a used book sale a few months ago and read it during my workouts at the gym, as I have with the autobiographies of Reba, Lorrie Morgan, and TV personalities Crook and Chase. The format lends itself well to reading in spurts. Unlike those others, Gretchen Wilson's rise to fame occurred while I was already a country fan, so the parts involving the making and releasing of her albums included a lot of information I already knew because it had come out in interviews she did while on ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Amber rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gretchen Wilson fans
My general impression was that this book is a shameless plug for her CD with the same title. The chapters were titled after tracks and time and time again she fills passages by inserting lines from her songs. If I wanted to read lyrics I would read the CD booklet. It was interesting to see where she came from but the book did read almost like a "who's most redneck" contest, and she constantly pointed out how hard done by he was, when yes, she moved around a lot, and yes, her father wasn't really ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrow-me
I bought this book for my Mother one Christmas who was a huge fan of country music. I picked it up at my Mom's home after she had finished it. It laid around my house for a year. Didn't have anything to read one day, picked it up thinking this is just not my subject. I could not put it down, couldn't stop reading it and loved every single word on every page. Not only is this a great read, it's a true story and Gretchen Wilson now has great respect from me. She may be a "red neck woman" but boy h ...more
May 18, 2011 Blayne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-this-book
This was an amazing book. She goes into great detail about how hard her whole life was. Gretchen had very hard life. Then when she got to Nashville her singing career did not just happen over night. She played in a few different little bands. She tended a bar at a very early age at Big O's in Pocahontas Illinois. That is her hometown. She moved to Nashville and kept tending bar and singing with these little bands. She was an alcoholic. She attended AA meetings and overcame that. Later on she had ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Preston rated it liked it
Informative book chronicling the life of Gretchen Wilson, and how she got her start. Full of imagery that makes you smile and know exactly what you are reading even if you didn’t experience it yourself.
Kaitlyn Rhodes
Dec 09, 2010 Kaitlyn Rhodes is currently reading it
Right now I am reading this book. From what I have read already it seems like a really good book. What i have read so far I have read about how her mother was a single mom and how she was very poor.They lived in a one room shack. I have also read that when she went yo her first recording. She said she was so scared and as she was standing there singing watching the man she said she saw him write the letters "NO", at that piont she lost hope and when she walked out her boss showed her the papper ...more
Lettie Cox
Interesting story but poorly written. If you like her you will probably like the book.
Jan 19, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it liked it
Very good book. Easy to read. Has a straight forward approach, I like that in a person.
Belinda Fry
Nov 01, 2015 Belinda Fry rated it it was amazing
I like her, but what's happened? Is she even still singing or writing???
I bought this book on accident (my two year old tossed it in the cart), I love her music and I must say I liked her book quite a bit, it was a easy/good read, and it is definitely something I will be keeping. She really tells it like it is without any added frills. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone who likes bios and anyone who likes her music.
Denise Lamonte
May 21, 2011 Denise Lamonte rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
I learned a new definition for redneck in this book (didn't know rednecks could come from Illinois!) and enjoyed hearing about Gretchen Wilson's life. She brought a unique perspective and it was also interesting to learn about the country music business and how most country singers progress and do their "time" in order to get to the top. An easy read and worthwhile.
Sep 04, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it
Still reading about her childhood...interesting. Concentrating solely on finishing this book.
Jul 08, 2008 Mikhaela rated it it was ok
Horrible writing - I am trying to force myself to continue reading. She did have an awful life, but I did expect a better conveyed story since it was co-written with someone else. What was I expecting? A prize winning autobiography? Probably.

This book will be given away when I am finished with it. At least I only paid $4 for it at Building 19 3/4.
Dec 19, 2015 Colleen rated it it was ok
I like Gretchen Wilson. I didn't love this book. I don't think I learned anything about her from reading it. I am surprised her later albums didn't do better since she has such a great voice.
Debbie Duran
May 10, 2012 Debbie Duran rated it liked it
Started kind of slow, then picked up some. I don't know why I'm so interested in female singers biographies, but I've read quite a few. Maybe because I cannot sing myself & always thought it was an amazing talent to have.
Gretchen Wilson is a real character & stays true to herself.
Oct 23, 2007 Ocean rated it liked it
A good autobiography. It's interesting to hear where she came from and what she had to do to get where she is now. Definately makes her more real!
May 02, 2016 Tiff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Intriguing. I see her and her music in a while different way. I enjoyed learning about how she got started!! :-)
Paige Bradish
Jun 21, 2010 Paige Bradish rated it liked it
It was okay. The begginning about her family was good but towards the last few chapters it was sort of boring..
Nicole Kitta
Feb 06, 2013 Nicole Kitta rated it really liked it
One if my favorite country artists, it was def nice to read about how she grew up and how she got to where she is now
Feb 11, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
Liked this book alot, but I love Gretchen Wilson so unless your a fan you may not like it.
Jun 06, 2009 Sheriann rated it it was amazing
I loved the story and manner in which it was told. It is a great read for counrty music fans.
Kaylabookworm22 L
I really enjoyed it. I am an even bigger fan of Gretchen now than I was before :) She rocks!
Jan 09, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Maybe I'm a bit biased but I loved it a couple times!!!
Linzy Alivia
Great Book! And tells the story of Gretchen and the Music Mafia
Jul 15, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. I like to read about rags to riches true stories.
Robin Kaplan
Sep 01, 2011 Robin Kaplan rated it really liked it
Very interesting and now I really feel like I could write a book too!
I like her music very much but the book was boring.
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