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Tammy Wynette by Jimmy McDonough
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Jan 14, 2010

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Decent biography of country music star Tammy Wynette. McDonough has clearly done his research, and has interviewed several people who had apparently never before given full interviews, like Tammy's second husband. He also has a good ear for humor, and gets some really funny anecdotes out of his interviews, especially about Wynette's third husband George Jones.

It would have been nice, though, if McDonough had resisted his many impulses to descend into bathos -- for example, his letters composed to the dead Tammy, floridly proclaiming how much he admired her, how sad he found her life, and how he wished better for her. Fact is, McDonough isn't an especially gifted writer, so replacing the Rod McKuen impression with some good old-fashioned "just the facts ma'am" prose would have served him far better.

Still, an interesting look into the rather sad life of this musical icon.
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message 1: by Robert (new) - added it

Robert ah - why so harsh? I'm too early into this to judge the book as a whole, but I for one was moved by the letters to Wynette. Up until this book, Jimmy's always been part of the story, so I was curious how (or why) he was going to approach Tammy's tale. So far, so good.

Laura Oh, I don't think I was so harsh. I liked the book in general -- I just didn't care for some of his more flowery prose, is all.

message 3: by Robert (new) - added it

Robert I'm a little further in and can see what you mean (he's sooo in love with her). I hear that the finished book is "an improvement" on the review copy. I've no idea what is meant by that, but am curious enough to wait for it's arrival.

Laura Huh. Maybe they took out the letters, who knows.

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