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Blood: A Memoir

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The Grammy- and Academy Award- nominated singer-songwriter's haunting, lyrical memoir, sharing the story of an unthinkable act of violence and ultimate healing through art
Mobile, Alabama, 1986. A fourteen-year-old girl is awakened by the unmistakable sound of gunfire. On the front lawn, her father has shot and killed her mother before turning the gun on himself. Allison Mo
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Da Capo Press
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Julie Ehlers
Allison Moorer's excellent 2000 album The Hardest Part is a song cycle about an on-and-off relationship, and as such it covers the highs and lows, the breaking up and getting back together, the anger and sadness and love and lust. After the last song, "Feeling That Feeling Again," fades out, there's a pause, and then a hidden track, "Cold Cold Earth," starts up. This song tells the story of the early morning when Moorer's father shot and killed her mother and then himself on their front lawn. Moorer ...more
Ron S
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Astonishing. While the facts of this heart wrenching story are well known, Moorer's gifts as a writer, in the telling, come as a revelation. Highly recommended.
Tracie Gutknecht
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, from-m-and-m

Allison Moorer and her sister are fairly well known singer-songwriters. What isn't well known is that their father shot their mother and then shot himself. Blood is Allison's story. Her life growing up in rural Alabama leading to the death of her parents. There are some stories throughout that touch on her life after the tragic event, but primarily the book focuses on the ages of about 5 to 14.

Allison's ability to write beautifully and thoughtfully are w
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one that I would recommend to someone who has went through anything traumatic in their life. It shows that you are not alone and that what you go through in your past makes you who you are today. It’s ok to remember what you’ve been through, even if it’s hard, as long as you keep going everyday. I felt like this was a healing thing for the writer and that writing your thoughts down about what you go through in life is a form of therapy. I think it would help anyone going through a d ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An incredible story of love, survival, strength, and the fragility of forgiveness. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I found the narrative slow-moving early on.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I saw that Allison Moorer had a book out, I was immediately interested. When I learned that the book was about her parents and a horrible murder/suicide, I was intrigued.

Since I had the chance to meet the author and get a copy of the book and companion CD of the same name, I jumped on the opportunity for this experience.

I sat next to an older lady who asked me, “Have you been listening to Allison’s music for very long?” I said “A few years…” (trying to downplay my response), th
Tonstant Weader
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood is a heartbreaking memoir by Allison Moorer, the country musician. I love music and have a few of her albums, but I had no idea about her history. I didn’t know she was Shelby Lynne’s sister, or that she married Steve Earle and later, Hayes Carll. I am a huge fan of Earle and Carll, but had no idea of their connection to Moorer. I also had no idea that Lynne and Moorer’s father murdered their mother before killing himself.

Battered woman are most likely to be killed when they le
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“He shrank her until she almost disappeared. She decided that she didn’t want to disappear anymore. Then he disappeared her for good.” Allison Moorer, Blood.
I write this review of this beautifully written memoir with a caveat. Although I never met her, Ms. Moorer and I grew up in the same places in south Alabama. We have more than that in common.
I was raised in Jackson, Alabama, where Allison's maternal grandparents lived. She and her sister attended the schools in Jackson, and so di
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Blood: A Memoir by Allison Moorer is a really, really emotional real - like off the charts y'all. As a teenager, Allison's mother is shot and killed by her father, and he then kills himself. Allison hears the gunshots, and she sees the aftermath. The memoir is her reflecting on what led her family to that point and where she goes from that day. The way the story is told is a bit choppy, but that works well because you see how t
Nicole Wagner
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I admit that I opened this book looking for some trauma porn. By that I mean, I looked forward to escaping my own paltry stresses by living within a distant tragedy experienced by other people. It's a distinctly human pleasure, right?

I didn't expect this memoir to be so intimate and so relatable.

I haven't been through anything like the ne plus ultra in trauma that the author faced when she was a young teenager. Yet, it's as possible to drown in twenty feet of water as it is to
Dai Guerra
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always find it hard to rate and review a memoir because it is the telling on someone else's life and how do you judge the recounting of someone's life. This memoir does a great job of recounting the events of Allison Moorer's life that lead up to the tragedy of her parent's death. It was beautifully written and the story was told in a way that you got to watch as she challenged herself through the emotions from her past. The way that the story not only told the events from the past but include ...more
Joy Johnston
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are fans of the talented musicians Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne, this is a must-read. The story of their parents' murder-suicide has at times unfairly overshadowed their music careers. I'm glad Moorer decided to write this definitive account so that the focus can return to the sisters' music.

As some critical reviews have noted, Moorer does not follow a linear timeline when recounting her childhood. She moves from past to present reflections. I knew this going in and didn't
Marianne Evans
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I too grew up in Alabama; a place where everybody had guns. It was normal to respect, revere and glorify them. It was oh so common to see pickup trucks with gun racks boasting rifles in the back window. As I’ve aged I can look back and remember many stories of murders, suicides, and deadly accidents. I can’t, for the life of me, remember one single story where someone actually saved their family’s life with the use of a gun. I now believe that holding a gun gives a false sense of security. I wou ...more
Laura Cee
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blood is one of the most gut-wrenching memoirs I have ever read.

Life changed in a moment for Allison Moorer. Her mother walked past her one pre-dawn morning, never to return. Allison heard the shot that ended her Mama's life by her Daddy's hand. I four beats later, his suicide was complete.

Blood chronicles her thirty year quest for closure, haunted by a host of why's, what ifs, and what might have beens. Bound by blood to a legacy of dysfunction, Allison struggles with the trauma of her childh
Angie Simmonds
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Allison Moorer, country singer and sister of Shelby Lynne also a country singer recounts what happened to her family one terrible day when her father shot her mother and then turned the gun on himself.
Allison's memoir is written with a sadness so deep it thickly permeates each page. She alternates chapters with factual accounts of their family life and reflections of what her life has been since the tragedy. How has this settled deep in her bones and become a part of everything she has don
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Blood: A Memoir" is profoundly complex and masterfully written in lyrical prose. A story you will never forget, it is heart-wrenching, beautiful, haunting and often graphic. (Trigger warnings: Murder, suicide, domestic abuse, and detailed descriptions of blood spatter patterns. Not for the squeamish.) Full of gritty, raw, honesty, if you can read this story of a truly, horrific crime and its aftermath without it affecting you, please seek professional help. You may have a heart made out of ston ...more
Naomi Krokowski
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alison Moorer is a great writer. No surprise if you’re already a fan of her songwriting, which if you’re not I highly recommend her. As a woman who also had an Alabama girlhood, I was aware that she and her also fabulous singer songwriter sister Shelby Lynne had lost their parents gruesomely as teens. Not surprisingly, this book is not an easy or lighthearted read in any way. Yet like most difficult things, it’s highly worthwhile.
Tim Lowe
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood is a gut-wrenching truth on every page memoir.

It is difficult to write about horrible things in a beautiful manner, and there are only a few authors who do it well. Allison Moorer tells her family history in a way that makes you feel like her best friend hearing her secrets after being sworn to secrecy.

I hope Allison Moorer has more books in her (hopefully with a lighter subject for her sake).
Shannon Courington
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. A phenomenal read! Allison writes with such beauty and grace. She doesn’t sugar coat the horrible reality of domestic violence and its effects. Her memoir is an authentic, raw account of life, death, grief, and pain; but ultimately it’s a survival story. I’m still processing the emotions I have connected to this one-it’s unlike any memoir I’ve read.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really couldn’t understand my attraction to this book, after hearing Allison Moore’s on NPR. Why should I want to read a book so similar to my own childhood? I am so very grateful I did. So beautifully and well written. She has such grace dealing with her painful childhood memories. You cannot change the past. You can only learn to go from here.
Lisa Bertelson
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written about a horrific childhood and its repercussions. But still a pretty depressing story, despite her making some sort of peace with it
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was gorgeously written and heart-wrenching beyond all belief. That she was able to put it all into words astounds me a little. This is a work of art and one of the best memoirs I've read.
Russ Robinson
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Absolutely the most depressing thing I’ve ever read.
Brian Bennett
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My god this is a brutal read - in a good way.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Terribly sad, beautifully written.
Jamie Lyon
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brutal and honest. Amazingly well written but hard to read.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Changed my life.
Brent Forkner
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A moving tribute to her personal growth, a harrowing memoir filled with love.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a stunning look at someone trying to make sense of childhood trauma. It's a must read for anyone who has experienced and survived trauma.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While music has always been a strong and faithful companion throughout my life, I confess I had not heard of Allison or her sister Shelby. But I will confess, I know what it's like to be a daughter of an alcoholic, to be constantly moving, to feel terrified, to be on the run, to be dirt poor. Moorer has written a memoir about her childhood, her life before and after her father shot and killed her mother before turning the gun on himself. Moorer is a brilliant writ5e and paints scenes with her wo ...more
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