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Redneck Woman

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Gretchen Wilson may be one of country music's hottest stars, but unlike most people living a rags-to-riches fairy tale, she doesn't play down her humble beginnings. Born to a teenage mother in southern Illinois and raised on stock car races and bar brawls, Gretchen grew up surrounded by women who knew that if something was worth having, it was worth fighting for. And if th ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 28th 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2011 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very very good book. She had a horrible childhood and a rough life..... so glad I bought it... truly was a good book.
Belinda Fry
Nov 01, 2015 Belinda Fry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like her, but what's happened? Is she even still singing or writing???
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
Feb 23, 2017 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved This Book.
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
I don't like to read books about current famous people, but I've been meaning to read this one for a long time now.
Poor Gretchen. I guess I should have read it at the height of her two-year career, because now I'm just worried about her. What IS she doing? Singer, she is. Author, she AIN'T. She said it herself, "The more of yourself you put in the music-warts and all-the greater the chance that the audience will take that music into their own hearts." Well, the same goes for writing. She needed
Jan 24, 2008 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2011 Blayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
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
Kaitlyn Rhodes
Dec 09, 2010 Kaitlyn Rhodes is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2008 Mikhaela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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.
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.
Debbie Duran
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.
Nicole Kitta
Feb 06, 2013 Nicole Kitta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jun 06, 2009 Sheriann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story and manner in which it was told. It is a great read for counrty music fans.
Jan 26, 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!! :-)
Linzy Alivia
Great Book! And tells the story of Gretchen and the Music Mafia
Paige Bradish
It was okay. The begginning about her family was good but towards the last few chapters it was sort of boring..
Kaylabookworm22 L
Jul 12, 2012 Kaylabookworm22 L rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed it. I am an even bigger fan of Gretchen now than I was before :) She rocks!
Guylene Milner
May 25, 2013 Guylene Milner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
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.
Very good book. Easy to read. Has a straight forward approach, I like that in a person.
Have a beautiful copy of this book without the free DVD.
Oct 23, 2007 Ocean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 02, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book. I enjoyed it. It makes you realize even though some people become famous, they are still just human beings like the rest of us.
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