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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (24 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143119397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119395
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROSANNE CASH has recorded fourteen albums charting twenty-one Top 40 country singles, 11 of which made it to # 1, and two gold records. She has received ten Grammy nominations-winning in 1985-and was nominated this year for "Sea of Heartbreak," a duet with Bruce Springsteen on her current CD, The List. Cash achieved the highest chart position of her career with the debut of The List. The album, which Vanity Fair called "superb," debuted in the Top 5 on the Country Chart, and entered The Billboard 200 at No. 22. Cash is the author of Bodies of Water and the children's book Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale. Her essays and fiction have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Raine on 19 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
Very well written autobiography, in which Rosanne dissects her career and life as daughter of Johnny Cash. The book briefly covers her childhood, then a short spell in London working for Columbia, then into her recording career. She explains how and why each album was made, how her songwriting has developed, the problems of live performance, her marriage to Rodney Crowell, the birth of her children, her second marriage to John Leventhal, the death of her parents and other family members, living in New York during 9/11, and finally her brain surgery. Extremely moving in places, the book gives a great insight into her relationship with Johnny Cash, who comes across as the fine complex human being we all know him to be. Rosanne is a fine writer. A poetic autobiography that most other musicians could only dream of writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun 2013
Format: Paperback
"I'll send the angels to watch over you tonight/And you send them right back to
me./A lonely road is a bodyguard/If you really want it to be."
song: 'Sleeping In Paris' from the album 'The Wheel'.

Rosanne Cash, it seems has been writing forever. The above song was written after the demise of her first marriage. She remembers as a school child writing a sentence and feeling the extraordinary power of words. What she has given us in her memoir is a lifetime of writing that is, indeed, so beautifully written that we are transported. We are taken to her birth which her mother related in detail so many times, Rosanne was unsure that she ever wanted children. Her life in California, the daughter of Johnny Cash and her petite mother, Vivian. Rosanne speaks of her self doubt throughout much of this book, her body, never thin enough, and the ever present shadow of her father. All of this, like most of us, has taken a lifetime of thought and experience to work through. She says at one point, "I worked out a lifetime of self-doubt and musical and emotional vulnerabilities under the spotlight." In time she realized that "the arena I thought was a circus of humiliation actually held half the available light of what was intended for me, for my whole life." What a remarkable paragraph. That this memoir is filled with these kinds of pearls and delectable writing should be enough, but she also graces us with a life to write about.

Rosanne lived in California as a child with both parents, but then her father split and moved to Tennessee as his career started to boom. They always had a good relationship, and even though Johnny Cash had his demons he was a wonderfully loving father. Rosanne and her sisters spent time with him every summer and at Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boswell on 4 July 2012
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Rosanne has always come across as an honest and decent person. On top of that she is a superb singer-songwriter. This autobiography just underlines these facts. She openly describes all the traumas, relationships, highs and lows of her life and career. Its a wonderful read and at the end of it you feel as if you really know Rosanne Cash. Highly recommended.
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Found this to be an interesting read particularly her relationship with her Father and close family.Background to past recordings and how they came about also of interest
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By Anne 0547 on 17 Oct 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book. I thought Rosanne came across as a lovely down to earth lady and I really enjoyed this book. If I'm totally honest I probably bought it because Rosanne is Johnny's daughter and I am a massive fan!
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