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Composed by Rosanne Cash
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Feb 06, 11

Read in February, 2011

I had never heard of Rosanne Cash, and certainly had no idea she was remotely famous as a musician; my in-house librarian just brought it home thinking my fondness for Johnny Cash might spill over to her life and this book. I did enjoy learning a bit more about Johnny and his family. (With apologies to Rosanne, I'm afraid I didn't stay all that interested in *her* life, which is her cross to bear, I suppose.) For the first 75 pages or so I had no idea why anyone was reading this book and praising it, but it sorta grew on me in the 10 pages at a time I devoted to it. What to me initially felt a bit like excessive namedropping and random bragging I came to realize is just her odd celebrity-filled musician's life, but her need to fill me in on the life outcome of every person she's ever known was excessive. And I know it's a memoir, but even so it often felt solipsistic. The book has compelling moments and a few lovely phrases, but I didn't find the writing to be as amazing or lyrical as other reviewers seem to. The memoir's organization is a bit choppy--as I wrote this it reminded me of waves, crashing with stories, back and forward in time again and again, so maybe she intended that as the ocean is, for her, something of a totem. But to this landlubber, the stories often felt disjointed, and not in a cool postmodern way. She includes the eulogies she wrote for several relatives' funerals, and somehow that was my favorite part of the book.
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message 1: by Janell (new)

Janell P Hysterical!


message 2: by Kim (new) - rated it 2 stars

Kim I did forget to mention that she includes lists of country songs with themes of loss, like miscarriage and death, that have fallen out of contemporary country music. That was really neat to discover, so I should mention that as a pro!


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