Brandee Shafer's Reviews > Composed: A Memoir

Composed by Rosanne Cash
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I feel like I know Roseanne Cash better, now, for sure. And she's interesting: very analytical and introspective, also very creative in the ways she assigns meaning to the events of her life. I did get the sense that she was holding back, or trying too hard to follow the advice: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." For example, she wrote next to nothing about her first husband. Additionally, I didn't find her writing very consistent. She summarized big chunks of her life only to get hung up in details, later. She didn't write in a straight line, either, and I found her skipping ahead and looping back frustrating, at points. If you're looking for her daddy, this isn't the best place to find him. (I wasn't, so that was okay with me.) I think she wrote her best toward the end of the book, when she shared the ways in which she navigated her grief over various losses. I particularly enjoyed reading the eulogies she wrote for her parents and June.
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