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Coal Miner's Daughter

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,515 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
"but one day this agent brought this little blue dress with pink flowers and dainty little pockets. mercy, how I loved it. Dady kept saying, don't get your dress dirty. I took good care of it and put it in the laundry bag, but we let our family hog run loose and he snatched that dress and just chewed it to pieces. Ruined it, he did. I must have cried for days. (How a coal ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published May 15th 1977 by Warner Books> C/o Little Br (first published January 1st 1976)
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Katie Thomson
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read this book or i will take you to fist city.
This autobiography was a solid 4 star, (even with the chaotic writing). I always like it when autobiographies/memoirs/biographies feel open and honest, and this one did that. And Sissy Spacek did the narration which was a plus for me.

Loretta Lynn was a strong willed woman and had in her mind exactly how she wanted things. I think that is why this book felt a little chaotic. She wanted this written in a way that would mirror her from her roots to her stardom, including having this written in her
Anna Priest Saylor
It's an easy read. If you're interested in the hill-billy lifestyle then this is a great book. Loretta Lynn was brought up very backwoods Kentucky and it talks about how she became a big country star. Also, she's hilarious.
Andrea Guy
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coal Miner's Daughter is one of those autobiographies that everyone should pick up and read. Not because you love Loretta and her music, but because her life story is inspiring. Married at 14, and dirt poor for a good part of her young life, Loretta is one of those people who was blessed with luck and talent and a lot of people who love her.

With the help of her husband Doolittle (Mooney) Lynn, she rose to be the First Lady Of Country Music. The story Loretta weaves with the help of George Vecse
Ariana Fae
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I remember growing up hearing my father play Loretta Lynn records and recently watched the PBS American Masters on her, so I had to read this book.

I was sucked in from page one by her voice which wasn’t cleaned up or changed, especially in the time it was written, to please the masses. I felt like I was sitting in a country kitchen listening to someone tell their life story. I loved how she bared everything in her life from her roots, to her marriage to her thoughts about people, society and f
Rebecca McNutt
I just saw the 1980 Sissy Spacek film Coal Miner's Daughter (if you've never seen it, you have to, believe me it's worth it), and when I heard that there was a book about the real Loretta Lynn as well, I couldn't wait to read it.

This book is the true story of a woman who went from a poor but happy childhood in a small coal mining community, to being married at thirteen, having children at a very young age, becoming a grandmother in her twenties and becoming famous as a country music star, under
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a fascinating story, it really is, but the writing is pretty horrendous. Lynn penned it with George Vecsey, apparently by dictating it to him and then he transcribed and wrote it. But she also refers to "my writer George" throughout. She claims to have all kinds of special insights, ESP, and a kinship with all Native Americans because she is 1/16th Cherokee. She (and her writer George) also continually write in a "hillbilly dialect" that seems totally contrived, especially given that the wr ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
What an interesting life, married by age 14, babies immediately, and a grandmother at age 29. I was more interested in her life in Butcher's Holler than by her life since becoming famous, but the whole book was good. It's a short read and I would recommend even if you aren't a country music fan. Her life is inspiring-from coal miner's daughter to famous musician. Not many people can overcome those odds and make their dreams a reality. And she may claim to not be into women's lib- as anyone who h ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
The most saccharine piece of self aggrandizement I haze ever read! It's amazing someone in the business is this truly naive.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
If you ever listened to a Loretta Lynn song, you know what to expect from this book. It's written the way she talks, and I swear I could hear her voice narrating it in my head - accent and all. What impressed me the most in the book was how ignorant and clueless one can be when raised up in a cabin in the mountains. Reading about her childhood and the early years of her marriage, it seems surprising that such a bashful little girl with no knowledge of the outside world whatsoever would grow up t ...more
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meen by: Bought it at a thrift store.
I adore Loretta Lynn's music, and I saw this movie many, many times from childhood on up before I ever read the book. I am grouping this in the feminist category b/c in her own special way Loretta brought the revolution to (white working-class, rural) women who would never have accepted it from the likes of Gloria Steinem or Betty Friedan. "The Pill" is the fiery pro-choice anthem! :) Of course, she did stay with an abusive and manipulative man for all those years... And she hawked freaking Cris ...more
"A you've been makin' your brags around town
That you've been a lovin' my man
But the man I love, when he picks up trash
He puts it in a garbage can
And that's what a you look like to me
And what I see's a pity
Close your face and stay outta my way
If ya don't wanna go to fist city"
(Fist City)
1) She's honest, open, funny and her life has been quite an adventure
2)She's never lost her 'country girl' soul
3)Don't cross her
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, audiobook
So many reviews of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” repeat the thought that Lynn was so honest in her book, telling the good and bad of her life. I can certainly see the point – Lynn tells of bad times and good, brings up some of her not-so-positive personality aspects, and generally paints a picture of herself that combines good and bad. This makes the story quite readable. But the book does feel a bit manufactured, a bit like she is telling a story her way to get people to think what she wants them to ...more
Dell Taylor
A simplistic but powerful book. Written in the style of Lynn's actual speaking voice, it is hard to get past some of the syntax of the language. But, once I did and accepted it for what it was, I really admired Lynn and her rise to fame from such very humble and poverty-stricken beginnings. I know she did not tell all about her tempestuous marriage, but even reading between the lines it is clear that she had some overwhelming difficulties to overcome. She continues to be an icon in the world of ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Loretta Lynn so this is biased. I listened to the audiobook read by Sissy Spacek. My grandmother comes from the same hills, so I felt like a bit closer to her throughout this book as well. I particularly liked her honesty throughout this book.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, memoir
In 1970, country music legend Loretta Lynn released "Coal Miner's Daughter," a song that tells the story of her life. I read the book a number of years ago but kept hearing good things about the audiobook version, narrated by Cissy Spacek. Loretta tells us the story of her upbringing in the coal mining town of Butcher “Holler” Kentucky where she grew up dirt poor. She married at a young age and had four children by the time she was twenty. Her husband, Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn bought her a cheap ...more
Julia Reed
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All women should read this book, even if they hate country music they will love Loretta Lynn. Her story is an uplifting, old-fashioned tale that country fans know well: from coal miner's daughter to the First Lady of country music using just her voice and her husband's determination. I got interested in this after seeing Sissy Spacek's Oscar winning role in the film by the same name, but it makes a much better read than a movie (though the movie is great). Loretta is sassy, funny, and smart. Eve ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just amazing I admire loretta lynn,
Love her songs and she's the queen of country music. I seen the movie about 20 thousand times it's just amazing sissy spacek and tommy lee jones did an outstanding performance and sissy played loretta lynn so perfectly glad she won the award for this and thanks loretta lynn for picking her in the movie to play her. Grew up listening to loretta lynn my family admires her and so do I, so if you a fan of loretta lynn you should read this book I could
I was watching the movie Coal Miners Daughter for the umpteenth time and became captivated with the scene where her father takes her to the train station and decided to read the book. Sometimes it's the little things.
Lets just say after reading this book I now have a profound respect for Thomas Rickman who wrote the screenplay. He made a very rambling, disjointed mess of a book into a very streamlined narrative.
I expected that, as with most books turned to movies, that the book would hold all th
Janessa Biddix
I completely love this book that now I feel like I am country bumpkin because of her music. The book was so inspiring and I learned a lot from just reading her biography. After that whole time that I would read the prologue and look at all the pictures this book made me wish I started reading it in April when it was bought. I read this book at school, at home, on the bus, and just about anywhere else I could possibly fit myself into reading this. I read it for 6 days from Wednesday(June 1st) to ...more
It's probably an odd choice of a book for me - I know nothing about country music, and I'll be honest, I didn't even know who Loretta Lynn was. I think it was a combination of that and the hillbilly dialect the book was written in which just alienated me. Lynn's voice was probably authentic, but I just couldn't warm to the folksy, naive, innocent, proud-to-be-uneducated character that emerged. I am sure that this would appeal to some people, but it didn't work for me.
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Loretta's story just made me feel uncomfortable, as it probably should since she was married at 13 and had 4 kids by the time she was 18. Unfortunately, that isn't the part that bothered me the most. She was a grown woman when she wrote this book and yet her stories still felt like they were being told by a child. I found her innocent outlook about everything going on around her to be a bit creepy.
Jo (Bloomin'Chick)
i love her! (her music and her writing!) she is who she is, she's not ashamed of anything & you can take her or leave her! coal mminer's daughter the movie has been one of my favorites since i was 19 and i finally got to see her in concert in aug of 07! through ebay i own the original hardcover and paperback editions of this book!
Laura Lauderback
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
I'm a huge fan of classic country music, and particularly, Loretta Lynn. As I was weeding the biographies in my library I came across this memoir, written by Loretta in 1974 and was very intrigued. She has had one heck of a life, from growing up very poor in Coal Mining Country, to getting married at 14 and then having FOUR kids by the time she was 20. Just an amazing story.
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I listened to the audio of this one which is read by Sissy Spacek, and it was the next best thing to having Loretta Lynn read the book herself. Great literature it's not, but it is an interesting look into a different world.
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kevin and Ashly
I just finished reading Coal Miner's Daughter. You don't have to be a Loretta Lynn fan to read this book, but it would help. I'm not a huge fan myself of country music, but I loved the movie, so I wanted to read the book. I recommend this if you enjoy reading a memoir.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Loretta Lynn fan. 3 months at her Ranch immersing myself in her story and her life has now made us family
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loretta is a sweetheart, and her story is heartfelt.
Steph Fisher
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Great book, I love her and her story. If watching Deliverance gave you a horrible distaste for hillbilly culture, you should definitely read this as an antidote.
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK - so I love this book - sue me!
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Loretta Lynn is an American country music singer-songwriter whose work spans almost 60 years. She was the only woman to be named "Artist of the Decade" for the 1970s by the Academy of Country Music. Lynn was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988
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“Some of these new country singers aren’t really country. I think some of them ought to be singing pop music and just leave country alone. You don’t have to see them, you can hear it. It is what it is, I guess, but I’d still rather they just let the ones that sing country sing country.” 1 likes
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