The starred Kirkus review praised Rosanne Cash’s memoir for its “beautifully written meditations on love, death, family and redemption from the celebrated songwriter.” As the daughter of Johnny Cash, she not only attempts to correct whatever misimpression remains from the success of the 2005 biopic, Walk the Line, which she calls “an egregious oversimplification of our family’s private pain, writ large and Hollywood-style,” while exploring the complicated and very loving relationship she shared with her iconic father. Cash also charts her own musical progression and personal journey, from a California girl who didn’t know or care much about country music, to a Nashville country chart topper who had long resisted following her father’s footsteps. The warmth of her reading reflects the tone of a text that shows no interest in dishing dirt or settling scores, but which addresses with sometimes painful honesty how it felt to be the young daughter of a dissolving marriage, with a father who seemed “strange, dark, and intensely distracted” (yet would ultimately provide loving support and inspiration) and how it feels to balance artistic expression and personal privacy. (First appeared in our Audiobooks issue.)
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Viking / August / 9780670021963 / $26.95
This book was featured in the Kirkus Best of 2010