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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Coming Home to Myself...Review

About the book:
The no-holds-barred memoir from the beloved music superstar.

From the heart of one of the most beloved performers in music comes a candid memoir of professional triumph, private heartbreak, and personal victory-a coming-of-age account of a very private search for harmony and a very public rise to fame.

Coming Home to Myself is the result of that emotional journey-a song of personal discovery that taught Wynonna Judd to love not just what she does, but who she is. From a truly exceptional woman comes an unexpected memoir of survival, strength, hope, and forgiveness, filled with an exultant and empowering message certain to resonate with those who have dreamed of finding themselves, and who only needed the courage and inspiration to begin their own journey.

I remember when the Judds first appeared on the country music scene.  I owned their albums.  Albums, not CDs, not mp3 files but vinyl albums!  I enjoyed their music and there was a certain mystique to the Judd mythology:  single mom overcomes all and becomes a mega star.

Of course, nothing is as it appears to be and every family has its secrets and struggles.  Wynonna's book is fairly straight-forward and her writing style is very conversational.  She's open about the conflicts with her mother, her struggles with food addictions and her insecurities.  I think some parts of her life were glossed over, but it's her right to decide what to share. 

Wynonna speaks a great deal about the importance of counseling and therapy, both of which have helped her (and continue to help her) come to terms with many of her childhood issues. There is a lot of self-help talk and 12-step jargon.

I think we all have issues.  Family conflicts aren't relegated to the rich and famous.  There truly is no normal family or normal life and the consequences of single choices have far reaching effects.

This was a quick read and one that was interesting and enlightening.  Fans of Wynonna and the Judds will enjoy it.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 4/11

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3/5 Stars

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